farm protest group appeals for £1,500 for high-flying sky
protest group that is fighting a proposed wind farm development
near Burnham-On-Sea has appealed for help in raising £1,500
towards the costs of a huge air blimp that will be flown 400ft
above the site.
Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, which has long campaigned against
Ecotricitys bid to build four 120m wind turbines at Black
Ditch in West Huntspill, hopes that its blimp will draw attention
to the height of the proposed constructions.
Weather permitting, the blimp with the word 'no' on the side will
be flown over Emerald Pool Fisheries from Thursday 21st February
for seven days during a public inquiry being held by the Planning
Inspectorate into Sedgemoor District Councils decision to
reject the wind farm scheme last April.
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,"
campaigner Julie Trott told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
She added: "The cost of the blimp is approximately £2,700
but we can at the moment only cover around £800 from existing
funds and are therefore looking to raise around £1,500 from
donations. We are appealing for donations to help towards funding
the blimp and any help from our many supporters will be much appreciated.
Details of contacts can be found on our website here."
first reported here,
the public inquiry will be held in Burnham's Princess Theatre
between February 19th-22nd and on 7th March at Bridgwater Town
Julie added: "I would stress the importance of people attending
the public inquiry. It will not be necessary to stay all day but
a good attendance is essential. 'Bottoms on seats' for the days
of the inquiry will make a difference and we urge our many supporters
to attend whenever possible."
believes it has a solid case to overturn the council's decision
to reject the scheme, pointing to an agreement on ecological impact
measures with the RSPB and Natural England.