Worcestershire villages in windfarm battle – Birmingham Post

By stoplenchwickwindfarm | November 7, 2008

Nov 7 2008 by Emma McKinney, Birmingham Post

Villagers in rural Worcestershire are fighting plans for a wind farm on local farmland.

Residents in The Lenches, Harvington, Norton and Lenchwick in the Vale of Evesham are boycotting plans to build ten turbines measuring 125 metres (410ft) on land owned by farmers.

Erica Page (left) with the wind farm protesters at EveshamThey have formed the Lenches Against Wind turbines (LAW) action group and vowed to fight the plans by ScottishPower Renewables.

Erica Page, spokeswoman for the group, said the turbines, which would create enough power to supply 9,300 UK homes, would be a blight on the local countryside.

“I want to make it clear that we are not against renewable energy resources and we completely understand why they are needed,” said the 41-year-old mother-of-two.

“What we are saying is that this site is completely inappropriate for such huge turbines that will stand out like a sore thumb.

“This is a small piece of countryside that is currently very much enjoyed by local people and we’re worried these turbines will ruin that.

“If we were all asked to have a small wind turbine in each of our gardens we would be fine with that.

“We feel that turbines of this size should be built off-shore or in remote or industrial areas, not here.”

She said she feared the turbines would also affect house prices in the area.

“The company will get big Government subsidies for these turbines and meanwhile we’re the ones left having to live with them.

“We’ve also asked for specific details about where exactly the turbines will be located, but ScottishPower has not been forthcoming with the details, saying they won’t be known until next March.”

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff (Cons) added: “In principle I support renewable energy but I have to listen to the views of my constituents.

“I will be speaking to the protest group and the company to see where I can help.”

However, Harvington Parish Council chairman Clive Allen said not all villagers were against the proposals.

“I think it is the way we have got to go,” he added. “We have got to have energy sources from renewables.

“We can’t go along with the idea of ‘not in our back yard’.

“If it looks like a reasonable plan I would be prepared to support it in essence.”

A spokesman for ScottishPower said the company was working with local communities to fully involve them in the consultation over the proposals and had already held three meetings with villagers. “This is not a done deal, it is still in the planning stages and could take a year just to do the study,” he added. “We rely too much on traditional forms of energy generation, which are becoming more expensive and difficult to supply.

“We have to start using renewable energy supples to help save our environment and combat climate change.”

Mrs Page urged people to get involved with LAW and help the group build a website.

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