blimp launches as Huntspill planning hearing approaches
air blimp has this weekend been launched 400ft above the site
of a proposed wind farm in West Huntspill to mark the re-start
of a planning appeal hearing into the controversial scheme.
Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, which has long campaigned against
Ecotricitys bid to build four 120m tall wind turbines at
Black Ditch in West Huntspill, wants its blimp to draw attention
to the height of the proposed "monstrosities".
blimp, with the word 'no' on the side, was launched on Saturday
(May 4th) at Emerald Pool Fisheries as the second half of the
public inquiry into Sedgemoor District Councils decision
to reject the scheme is due to start on Tuesday.
Trott, spokeswoman for the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday: "The Public Inquiry will
resume on Tuesday 7th May at the Princess Hall in Burnham from
10am onwards. This is our last chance to stop these monstrosities
despoiling 'our' landscape and the residential amenity that we
Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group wants to encourage as many of
our supporters as possible to attend the second half of the Public
"We would like to stress the importance of people against
the wind farm application attending to once again show the strength
of public opinion against the wind farm planning application."
The group's blimp was also launched earlier this year for three
days during the first part of the inquiry.
added: "In flying the blimp we can emphasise the towering
height these industrial-sized wind turbines will be, dominating
homes in close proximity and the local landscape for miles around
due to the flat character of the Somerset Levels."
Campaigners at Saturday's launch of the blimp and, above, how
the wind farm development would look if the decision to reject
the scheme were to be overthrown by the Planning Inspectorate