Published: December 23, 2011
Wind farm developer hails survey showing support for wind energy

The developers of the proposed new wind farm at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, have this week welcomed a poll which shows 56 per cent of the British public support the expansion of wind energy, compared to only 19 per cent who are opposed.

The YouGov poll, which was commissioned by the Sunday Times, also found that 60 per cent of the 1,696 respondents support further government investment in wind energy.

Tom Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy Limited, said: "This is a robust and authoritative piece of national research which shows that the public understands why wind power is so important in helping the UK to improve energy security and tackle climate change."

"Opposition to wind farms, whilst typically vocal, is often very localised to a particular development and this research shows that it is not an accurate reflection of wider public opinion."

Broadview is working on a planning application for up to six wind turbines on the Pilrow farm land immediately east of the M5 between the villages of Rooksbridge and Mark.

A visit to an existing wind farm is being planned for early February, which will give local people an opportunity to experience turbines in operation. Broadview will also be holding a series of exhibitions later that month to enable residents to view the latest plans.


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