Wind turbine farmer tells villagers to “rest assured we do not want to do anything other than put two turbines up- this is a family run farm and we wish to keep things as they are.”

PUBLISHED: 15:58 15 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:58 15 May 2014

Redhill farm website

Redhill farm website

Archant

An East Cambs farmer who wants to build two wind turbines is holding a public meeting to allow villagers to question him.

On his farm’s website he says “rest assured we do not want to do anything other than put two turbines up- this is a family run farm and we wish to keep things as they are.”

Chris Attle, owner of Redhill Farm, Cambridge Road, Stretham, is proposing to erect the 500kw turbines on land to the south of the village off the A10.

In advance of making his formal application he is inviting residents of local villages to see the plans, talk to some of the consultants involved and view photomontages which aim to show how the turbines would look.

Mr Attle said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to learn how local people feel about the proposal.

“It will also help to allay any fears and to give an insight into the extensive preparation work that’s gone into our application.”

Mr Attle, who was a fierce opponent of the Mereham housing application (which would have been on part of his land) feels that the turbines will not only safeguard the future of his farm “ but also prevent any further attempts to overdevelop the land. “ He said: “The advantage of the turbines is that they not only provide safe, clean, energy but we can continue to farm right up to the bases of them, unlike solar farms which generally result in the loss of good agricultural land, and biogas, which has been causing chaos on local routes”.

The public meeting will be held at Stretham Sports & Social Centre on May 28 between 3pm and 7pm. Drinks will be provided and there will be an opportunity to sign up for a visit to view the turbine at Wood Green Animal shelter in Godmanchester “ particularly relevant as it is the same make and model as proposed by the applicant”.

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:52

One of Cambridgeshire’s most influential business leaders –chamber of commerce chief executive John Bridge – claims that re-opening of the Wisbech to March rail link is a lame duck.

Yesterday, 16:54

The Light Cinema, Wisbech, closed temporarily after what bosses say was a “small fire safety related issue”. It re-opens at 6pm tonight (Saturday)

Yesterday, 14:38

Voters in March get an extra chance to go the ballot box this year following approval for a referendum on a planning document that could revolutionise decision making locally.

Yesterday, 14:34

One of Britain’s biggest trade unions - the GMB – has condemned the 30 per cent pay rise for councillors that Cambridgeshire County Council voted through this week.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter