July 17, 2011
farm campaigners gain support of Burnham-On-Sea's MP
fighting plans to build six 140-metre tall wind turbines near
Burnham-On-Sea met the town's MP at the weekend to discuss the
plans and present her with a model showing the scale of the plans.
'No Pilrow' group - which last week published
several photomontages of how Broadview
Energy's proposed wind turbines 1km south of Rooksbridge may look
MP Tessa Munt, as pictured.
group held a 'positive' meeting in Highbridge, when they showed
the MP a scale model of the site to demonstrate what they claim
would be the negative impact on the local environment.
Pilrow's Nick Woolmington said
the wind turbines "would be three times as high" as
the controversial electricity pylons currently proposed by the
National Grid to run through the area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I absolutely appreciate what this
group is saying and these wind turbines are huge."
of the things we as a country know we need to do is diversify
our energy sources and we cannot be entirely dependent on any
one source. However, the government has made some good plans to
increase offshore wind and we will be fairly well catered for."
of the problems with wind is that the less reliable the wind source,
the higher the turbines have to be."
be honest, while these turbines are alongside the M5 - and the
motorway may not be the most beautiful corridor in the world -
these are very close to people's homes and they are going to be
quite an eyesore on the landscape."
fully appreciate the need for wind energy but let's put it where
it isn't obtrusive."
Broadview Energy, the developer behind the plans, is holding
a series of public exhibitions this week to give residents the
opportunity to find out more. The events will be held on Thursday
July 21 at East Brent Village hall, from 2pm to 8:30pm; Friday
July 22 at Mark Village Hall, from 12pm to 8pm; and Saturday July
23 at The Stables Business Centre, Rooks Bridge, from 10am to
And residents living near the site have also been invited to
attend a public meeting in East Brent this evening to discuss
the proposals. East Brent Parish Council is holding the open meeting
at East Brent Village Hall at 7.30pm when both Broadview and the
No Pilrow group will be giving their views.