Published: May 5, 2013
Protest blimp launches as Huntspill planning hearing approaches

An 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.

The Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, which has long campaigned against Ecotricity’s 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".

The 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 Council’s decision to reject the scheme is due to start on Tuesday.

Julie Trott, spokeswoman for the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, told 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 currently enjoy."

"The Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group wants to encourage as many of our supporters as possible to attend the second half of the Public Inquiry."

"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.

Julie 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."

Pictured: 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


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