Village anger over wind farm plans

Protestors outside the meeting
Protestors outside the meeting

Villagers in the Churchover area turned out in force on Tuesday night to protest against new plans for a wind farm.

Campaigners attended an exhibition which showcased plans put forward by renewable energy company RES, which wants to put four wind turbines on land to the west of the A5, to the north of Churchover.

Lorne Smith, from ASWAR (Against Subsidised Windfarms Around Rugby) said: “The community around Churchover/Cotesbach turned out in force to show their dislike at being victims of the wind farm scam for a second time. With each wind farm job in the UK being subsidised by £100,000 from our electricity bills, and ten McAlpine/RES staff supporting their propaganda exhibition, there was £1 million of our money walking around Churchover today!”

He said Government ministers and the local MP have promised that local communities will have more say on whether wind farms should be built.

ASWAR will hold another meeting on 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 10, in Churchover Village Hall.

Known as Swift Wind Farm, the proposal would see the number of turbines proposed for the site drop from nine to four, allowing them to be positioned at a greater distance from neighbouring communities.

RES project manager Dan Patterson said more than 100 people have attended the exhibitions in the surrounding areas this week.

He said: “We’d like to thank all those who came to talk to us about our plans and to give us their views.

“For those who couldn’t attend they can view the exhibition boards and register their views at www.swift-windfarm.co.uk. We will be analysing the responses over the coming weeks. We will take these into account as we prepare our formal planning application, which we want to submit in the autumn. Residents will then have another opportunity to have their say.”