wind farm campaigners 'not fooled by developer's PR stunt'
campaign group fighting proposals for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea
has this week labeled the developer's announcement that it is
downsizing the scheme as a 'publicity stunt'.
first reported on
Tuesday that Broadview Energy has reduced the size of its
wind farm at Rooksbridge from
six 140m-tall wind turbines to four 130m-tall turbines.
Woolmington, from the NoPilrow Committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This will make no difference to our opposition to
the whole idea of any wind farm on green belt land in the unique
added: "Local people have never been consulted on size or
number of turbines that Broadview intend to build. This current
proposal is obviously dictated to them by the fundamentals of
the site itself but is being presented as a blatant PR exercise
to try and convince some people of their willingness to listen
to local voices."
"As such, it is nothing more than the usual ploy of asking
above worth and settling for less and pretending that it is part
of a consultation process thereby hoping to placate opposition.
Let me repeat it has never been part of any 'consultation' process
and fools no-one."
"At 130m high each turbine will still the same height as
the Knoll taking ground level height of the site into account
and will still be a massive and monstrous visual intrusion into
the surrounding area."
"Bearing in mind some of the horrifying pictures of disintegrating
turbines in recent gales one does have to ask the very serious
question as to whether a wind farm adjacent to the very busy M5
motorway should be given any consideration at all. I have no doubt
it should not."
He added: "The other thing that is very disturbing is that
Broadview chose to make a press announcement to disclose a plan
that will have such an enormous impact upon the lives of people
living in the area rather than going to the community or their
representatives in the first place."
"This clearly shows the blatant and arrogant attitude of
these developers and indicates more than anything that all their
'consultation' process is nothing more than a box ticking exercise
to satisfy rules laid down by Whitehall."