Council wants YOUR views on wind farms

Campaign group No To Local Wind Farms has produced this image to show what a wind farm near Corringham would look like
Campaign group No To Local Wind Farms has produced this image to show what a wind farm near Corringham would look like
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Have your say

YOU are being invited to have a say on the future of wind farms around Gainsborough and Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire County Council chiefs have said that they want to call a halt to the ‘unrestrained spread of wind turbines across Lincolnshire’.

This will be welcome news to community groups around Gainsborough who have voiced fierce opposition to the development of wind farms in Corringham and Hemswell Cliff.

Campaign group No To Local Wind Farms has been protesting against 17 turbines which could be built on land at Browns Holt, between Corringham and Yawthorpe, near Gainsborough, while Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines has been campaigning against plans for a 10 turbine wind farm at Hemswell Cliff.

Earlier this year, Lincs County Council took a tougher stance on the issue – a position it would now like to make official policy.

Now, the council is asking people across the county to complete a questionnaire on this important issue.

Council leader Coun Martin Hill said: “Although supportive of alternative energy, we do question the efficiency of turbines and their impact on the county’s residents, landscapes and tourism industry.”

He continued: “In June our executive members agreed a set of guidelines we hoped would be taken into consideration by local planning authorities and developers when deciding where to locate new developments.”

“To give these more weight, we now want to turn our stance into an official council policy. However, it’s only right that we should first ask residents their opinion.”

You can have your say by completing the online survey at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/windfarms or call the customer service centre on 01522 782226.