Greens strike late blow in wind campaign

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Pro-Wind turbine campaigners have been attracting last minute signatures in Market Rasen for a petition in favour of wind turbines at Hemswell Cliff.

Jonathan Lincoln from Horncastle and Norman Haigh, secretary of the Lincoln Green Party, say that once people are better informed on the issues, “we find large support for the scheme.”

“If you don’t support wind farms and renewables, you will get fracking in the countryside which will be less benign. There won’t be cheaper gas as it will be sold on the open market,” said Norman.

The Hemswell Cliff turbine proposal goes before a public inquiry in the New Year.

Ernest Coleman, chairman of the Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines, told the Rasen Mail more than 4,000 people have signed petitions opposing the plan. He is busily preparing reports against the turbines, citing damage to the environment, local archeology and interference to RAF radar signals, which would damage national security.

West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh backed locals in opposing the turbine plan from RWE NPower Renewables, which was ‘called in’ by Local Government Minister Eric Pickles several months ago.