Kimbolton wind farm could have eight turbines
FURTHER details of a multi-million pound wind farm at Kimbolton were revealed this week at the project s first public exhibitions. More than 100 people went to the exhibitions held at Kimbolton Castle on Monday and Stow Longa Church Hall yesterday (Tuesda
FURTHER details of a multi-million pound wind farm at Kimbolton were revealed this week at the project's first public exhibitions.
More than 100 people went to the exhibitions held at Kimbolton Castle on Monday and Stow Longa Church Hall yesterday (Tuesday).
As reported in The Hunts Post, Broadview Energy has plans for a wind farm on land near Bicton Industrial Estate on the old airfield between Kimbolton and Stow Longa.
Although the company says it is too early to know the final details of the project, a spokesman said it is "likely to be eight turbines at 125metres".
If planning permission is granted, the turbines would have a nine-12 month construction period starting in mid-to-late 2010 and have a lifespan of up to 25 years.
Visitors to the exhibitions were able to quiz Broadview staff about the size of the plans and the location.
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According to the company, the land north of the village centre is ideal because it is windy, there is plenty of space for the turbines to be set away from properties and the area can still be used for farming.
Broadview managing director, Jeffrey Corrigan, who attended the meetings, said: "We want to ensure the local community is fully aware of our initial plans and our reasons for choosing the Bicton site. We also want to hear people's views about our plans."
He added that the construction cost of the project could be up to �12million and would bring employment opportunities to the area.
Conducting a poll outside the exhibitions Richard Murphy, of Stow Longa, said the majority of people were against the plans but some were still undecided.
He said: "A number of residents have said they need more information and the finer details before they make up their minds. It is hard for the community because there is nothing official to hold an opinion on as a planning application is yet to be submitted."
Mr Murphy says he is sceptical about the plans as he believes the impact would be greater than the environmental benefits.
"I had no idea what an enormous area the proposed site is. You could very well see a forest of wind turbines there," he said.
Claude Banks of Ashfield, Kimbolton said he opposes the plans because he believes it will cause community friction. He said: "I think this wind business is overrated. I believe this will cause a lot of friction within the community between those for it and those against it."
INFORMATION: To find out more about the plans, visit www.bictonwindfarm.co.uk