finds overwhelming opposition against Rooksbridge wind farm
survey of residents living near the site of a proposed wind farm
development on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea has found overwhelming
opposition to the scheme.
the campaign group opposed to the proposed development of six
140 metre tall turbines at Pilrow Farm
near Rooksbridge, asked 624 residents in the Rooksbridge and East
Brent area for their opinions.
survey revealed 561 are against the plans, 36 are undecided while
just 27 are backing the scheme.
Nick Woolmington, Chairman of NoPilrow, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The survey clearly demonstrates that our campaign against
the wind farm represents the huge majority."
added that the survey - which was conducted during October - illustrates
the "depth of feeling against these hugely unpopular and
Tom Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy, said: "Before
we draw conclusions from a questionnaire of any kind, its
important to review the questions asked and the nature of the
study group. For the results to be meaningful, the questions should
be objective and the respondents need to be a representative cross
section of the community."
"However, its not unusual for there to be some localised
opposition to developments such as this, as they inevitably change
the local environment."
do understand the communitys concerns and we want to keep
an open dialogue with residents."
"We would also encourage people to consider the broader
picture. The UK is currently facing a significant challenge in
keeping the lights on and, with the imminent closure of both nuclear
and coal power stations across the country, onshore wind has the
potential to contribute towards filling that gap at a relatively
Broadview Energy intends to submit a planning application for
140 metre high turbines at the Pilrow wind farm site in
early 2012 and, if approved, the site could be operational in
the summer of 2013.
Pictured: Top, a photo montage of how the wind farm might
look according to the campaign group; centre, a map showing the
location of the site; and above the Broadview project team during
a recent consultation event