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Wind farm protesters fly 400ft blimp

16:00 10 May 2013

West Huntspill and East Huntspill protesters say no to wind turbines.

West Huntspill and East Huntspill protesters say no to wind turbines.

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PROTESTERS campaigning against a wind farm launched a blimp 400ft from the proposed site of a new turbine on Saturday.

The Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group sent the balloon up in East Huntspill to make their voices heard about plans for turbines close to both East and West Huntspill.

A public inquiry into building four wind turbines capable of powering 6,769 homes in Black Ditch was held in Burnham’s Princess Hall in Princess Street from on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group said: “This is our last chance to stop these monstrosities despoiling our landscape and the residential amenity that we currently enjoy.

“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.”

Ecotricity spokesman Nick Osbourne said: “Ecotricity installed the very first wind turbine in Somerset five years ago in 2008, near Chewton Mendip, and there has not been another wind farm in the county since then.

“We must act now to ensure that we have new energy sources for this future in this country – and we need energy sources that don’t pump tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, endangering the very landscapes and wildlife that we are all so keen to protect.”

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