Wind farm firm hits back against Bellamy

PUBLISHED: 06:35 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:23 24 May 2010

David Bellamy pictured during his visit to Brent Knoll.

David Bellamy pictured during his visit to Brent Knoll.

ANOTHER famous celebrity has added his name to a list of people fighting a proposed wind farm. Sir David Bellamy visited Brent Knoll this week to look at the site on which green firm Ecotricity wants to put five 78 metre high wind turbines. The scientist

ANOTHER famous celebrity has added his name to a list of people fighting a proposed wind farm.Sir David Bellamy visited Brent Knoll this week to look at the site on which green firm Ecotricity wants to put five 78 metre high wind turbines.The scientist was contacted by members of the kNOll To Wind Farm action group who asked him to visit Brent Knoll. Professor Bellamy has been fighting wind farm schemes since 1996.He said: "The excuse firms give us is that wind turbines give us grid and climate security. It does neither of these."Wind farms also reduce house prices, don't do tourism any good whatsoever and will cost the consumer a billion pounds a year. They kill birds and animals and there is no way anyone can be compensated for it."Professor Bellamy went on a walk around Brent Knoll with members of kNOll To Wind Farm before talking to residents at the parish hall.At the end of the meeting Professor Bellamy told protestors: "You will win this if you hang together. I lived in London during the war. We had one enemy and we won in the end."Ecotricity founder Dale Vince has accused the famous botanist of 'scaremongering'.He said: "This project is subject to an environmental assessment. An ecological study has been carried out and it said there would be no impact on the area. For David Bellamy to make such sweeping statements does him no credit."Energy prices have doubled this winter and we are having to find energy elsewhere. Wind energy is a major player."What David is doing is repeating myths about wind energy which amounts to scaremongering among local people. I would like to challenge David Bellamy to a public debate in any form he likes."This week bosses at Ecotricity got the go-ahead from the Government to build a wind farm at Chewton Mendip. It was given the green light after the proposals went to a planning inquiry.

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