Villagers meet over plans for wind farm

PUBLISHED: 08:24 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 21:44 31 May 2010

AROUND 200 people crammed into Linton Village Hall last night (Tuesday March 24) for a public meeting held by the Stop Linton Wind Farm Action Group.

Bill Thomas, chairman of SLWF committee co-hosted the evening. He outlined all the relevant aspects of En

AROUND 200 people crammed into Linton Village Hall last night (Tuesday March 24) for a public meeting held by the Stop Linton Wind Farm Action Group.

Bill Thomas, chairman of SLWF committee co-hosted the evening.

He outlined all the relevant aspects of Enertrags application for eight, 125-metre turbines which would be situated on the ridge between Linton and Great Chesterford.

After playing a short film featuring people affected by wind farms in England and Europe, Mr Thomas introduced various speakers.

One was Mike Barnard, a wind farm expert, who spoke about the impact on the environment and local residents, as well as the social and economic aspects of wind farm development.

He emphasised how an undesirable precedent would be set if the project went ahead.

Talking at the meeting, he said: "It seems pointless to install a renewable energy source that has more negative impacts on the environment than benefits."

Dr Sue Robinson, an A&E consultant, spoke about potential health problems caused by Wind Turbine Syndrome and research into possible effects of long term exposure to low frequency sound.

Adrian Thomas, spokesman for the SLWF group, said that the meeting had proved a point.

He said: "At the end of the evening Bill Thomas called for a show of hands from people in the audience that now objected to the proposed wind farm development - the response was overwhelming. As far as I could see, it was a unanimous show of hands.

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