Published: June 15, 2011
Rooksbridge wind farm consultation events underway this week

Controversial plans for a new wind farm on the outskirts of Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, are on show this week.

As first reported by last week, Broadview Energy Limited, a renewable energy company, is in the early stages of plans to build six wind turbines on farmland immediately east of the M5 motorway, around 1km south of Rooksbridge.

The firm says its initial studies indicate that the site - called Pilrow Wind Farm - is a good location for a farm of this size.

Broadview is visiting a number of locations in the local area with a mobile exhibition vehicle this week, as follows:

Thursday 16th June 9.30-1.30pm Rooks Bridge, layby, Chapel Rd (off A38)

Thursday 16th June 4.00-8.00pm East Brent parish hall, Brent Rd, East Brent

Friday 17th June 10.00-2.00pm White Horse Inn, The Causeway, Mark

Friday 17th June 4.00-7.00pm Rooks Bridge, layby, Chapel Rd (off A38)

Saturday 18th June 10.00-2.00pm ASDA car park, Caxton Rd, Highbridge

The aim is to introduce the community to the company, outline the proposals for the project and invite residents to have their say. Further details are on the dedicated Pilrow project web pages here.

The firm's Tom Cosgrove told "We believe the nature of the landscape to the east of Brent Knoll, which is dominated by man-made features such as the M5, has the capacity to accommodate a small wind farm."

"It’s widely recognised that our reliance on fossil fuels must change. Onshore wind energy is a clean, low carbon and well established technology which is making a tangible contribution to the UK’s energy needs."

The company will also be consulting with a number of local and national organisations including English Heritage, Natural England and the Lower Axe Drainage Board.


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