06:00 Saturday 01 February 2014

Angry councillor likens wind turbines to 'breeding rabbits'

Written byJORDAN DAY

County and district Cllr Bill Hunt. County and district Cllr Bill Hunt.

Wind turbines have been likened to “breeding rabbits” by a councillor opposing plans in his constituency.

County and district Cllr Bill Hunt has spoken out over contentious proposals to build four wind turbines at Berry Fen - land which borders Aldreth and sits within a few miles of Haddenham and Sutton.

As previously reported, the firm behind the proposals is REG Windpower, which has numerous wind farms in the area, and the height of each turbine would be 130m if the scheme is approved.

But Cllr Hunt, who represents the Haddenham and Stretham wards, is urging planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council to refuse the application.

He said: “As a local man who was born and bred in Wilburton I love and cherish the big sky views we experience when looking over the fen landscape.

“I own an Anthony Day painting that captures this feeling of an ever-changing sky.

“I am appalled by the vandalism that is being proposed by the plan to erect four massive wind turbines very near Aldreth which will be twice the height of Ely Cathedral and visible for many, many miles.

“Wind turbines are like rabbits and if not opposed will breed. This cannot happen, wind turbines are less harmful when located off shore.

“I oppose this dreadful scheme and fully support the group of residents who are working to prevent this damage to the area we love.”

Cllr Hunt, who lives in Ely, is throwing his weight behind the Stop Berry Fen Wind Farm campaign, which has been launched by an army of angry residents.

Protestors say the turbines will “destroy the peace and tranquility” of the area and “wreak havoc” on local wildlife.

REG Windpower says the new turbines could provide enough renewable energy to power approximately 4,500 homes.

Bosses are also proposing to set up a community fund worth £36,000 a year to support local charities and community projects.

The final decision lies with the district council. For more information, visit www.stopberryfenwindfarm.org.uk.

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