July 24 2014 Latest news:
Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Thursday, May 15, 2014
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”.