Roll up, roll up and see these splendid Fenland wind turbines

VISIT Fenland for its greenery, its waterways, and its history and, from Sunday, to see its wind turbines.

VISIT Fenland for its greenery, its waterways, and its history and, from Sunday, to see its wind turbines.

Sunday’s visit, by a group of Norfolk residents, will have a more serious purpose however as they are arriving at the invitation of a green energy company.

They have taken the unusual step of inviting opponents of its proposed Norfolk wind farm to tour a Fenland wind farm.

There have been 90 objection letters to E.On’s application to build five wind turbines for its proposed Chiplow Wind Farm on arable land between the north Norfolk villages of Bagthorpe, Barmer and Syderstone.

E.On has invited residents of the villages as well as Docking, Stanhoe, North Creake, South Creake, Tattersett, East Rudham, West Rudham and Bircham to its fact-finding tour of Stag’s Holt wind farm, near March, in Cambridgeshire, on July 25.

The deadline for registering an interest in this trip has now passed, but E.On is hoping it will inform local residents and boost its case.

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Victoria Stacey, E.On Project Developer, said: “On previous trips people have talked about how different it was seeing an actual farm compared to their expectations.”

E.On claim that noise pollution and implications on landscape and wildlife have been taken into account.

Opponents argue that the scheme would spoil landscape quality and have raised concerns over the cumulative impact, as it lies within a few miles of the six turbines planned by Renewable Energy Systems between Stanhoe and North Creake and another seven planned near Docking by West Coast Energy.

A poll conducted earlier this month has concluded that a large majority of North Creake residents are opposed to the Renewable Energy Systems application.

It was carried out by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council on behalf of North Creake Parish Council, and showed that 79.5pc were against the wind farm.

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