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From the UK — Another victory against wind farms

Wisbech Standard — June 27, 2012

Villagers celebrating after wind turbine plan turned down by councillors

WHOOPS of joy, shouts and rapturous applause greeted a council decision to turn down plans for a wind farm at Tydd St Giles this afternoon.

The council chamber at Fenland Hall was packed for the planning committee meeting, with nearly 50 campaigners against the plan forced to stand to hear the debate.

As councillors arrived for the meeting they were met with placards and banners waved by members of FenRATS – Fenland Residents Against Wind Turbines – and other protesters.

Several councillors spoke out against the turbine proposal during the meeting – despite a recommendation by officers to approve it. A letter from MP Steve Barclay also opposed the plan.

After the decision was announced, FenRATS treasurer Michael Coleman said: “This is one up for the people of the Fens. We have had enough of this, it is about time wind turbine companies stopped ruining this landscape and causing hardship to local people who have to live with them.”

FenRATs treasurer John Lock added: “We are extremely relieved, common sense prevailed and our homes are safe.”

Wind Ventures Ltd wanted to build four 126 metre-high turbines at Treading Drain, and another two turbines were planned for an adjoining site under the jurisdiction of South Holland District Council.

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