farm company's proposals on show at Burnham-On-Sea open day
plans to build
the wind farm pictured above between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent
Knoll were on display at an open day attended by several hundred
people this week.
of residents visited the
at Burnham's Scout HQ on Tuesday
November 15th to look over the detailed plans
and discuss them with staff from Ecotricity,
the company behind the proposal.
given the thumbs down by many visitors
- according to the results of an informal survey. Visitors were
invited by Ecotricity to sign a sheet showing whether they were
for or against the proposals. By 7pm, 47 people had signed in
favour of the plans, while 84 were against and a dozen were undecided.
handed out information packs and a number of display boards showed
background technical information about the proposals.
they were approved, Ecotricity says the five 65 metre turbines
on land at Inner Farm, Edithmead would produce enough electricity
for 8,000 homes and would contribute 40 per cent of Somerset's
renewable energy target for 2010.
spoke to several residents at the event who had a mixed opinions.
Cooper, who lives on land neighbouring the proposed development,
said: "I'm not in favour of the plans. I think the turbines
will have a severe effect on TV reception in the area as they
will be right in the way between Burnham, Berrow and the Mendip
added: "I'm also concerned by the noise they'll generate
and the effect they'll have on the water table because the bases
of these structures are 14 metres across."
Clive Stacey, whose parents live in Brent Knoll, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that he was undecided.
added: "Power has got be created somehow. With technology
developing so fast, I'd think that using the waves or building
a barage might be better. We'll need a lot more than just wind
to meet our energy needs in the future."
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