Views sought on wind turbine plans

PUBLISHED: 10:28 13 January 2011

Wind turbines could be installed near Shipham

Wind turbines could be installed near Shipham

© José Luis Gutiérrez

A PUBLIC meeting about installing 'community' wind turbines near Shipham will take place tonight (Thur).

DistGen revealed last year that it wanted to build two 31-metre hub high wind turbines at Callow Rock quarry and held a public consultation last June.

The organisation said the results were very encouraging, with 45 per cent of the 52 feedback forms ‘strongly in favour’ of the plans and 33 per cent ‘mildly in favour’.

Shipham resident John Zamick, of DistGen, is urging people to attend another consultation tonight, ahead of the company’s plans to submit a planning application ‘as soon as possible’.

This meeting will look at the benefits of having the turbines, physical details of the scheme and potential downsides.

According to DistGen the turbines will be operated as a community scheme with ‘preferential and highly equitable investment opportunities’ to nearby residents.

A spokesman for the company said: “It was clear from numerous discussions at and following from the June meeting that for many people the ideas introduced were a little too much to absorb in just one meeting.

“In order to be really confident about the results and to give everyone who wants it maximum opportunity to express their viewpoints, DistGen is going to repeat the village public consultation meeting.”

It will take place at Shipham Village Hall in New Road from 7pm and begins with a 25 minute introductory presentation.

Details on the proposals are available for viewing at the village hall, Hansfords butchers, Lenny’s Café and www.distgen.com/projects/shipham

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