Residents ready to fight Hammerwich wind turbine

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan

Hammerwich residents are preparing to battle proposals to build a wind turbine which would be taller than Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty.

Severn Trent Water are behind the plan for a 126.5 metre high turbine at the site near Lichfield.

No planning application has yet been submitted, but Severn Trent is currently in a consultation phase to gather opinions at present.

One local resident, who did not wish to be named, told The Lichfield Blog:

“A wind turbine would be completely unsuitable here. It’s good that we are looking at renewable energy sources but the people behind them need to think about where they are putting them.”

The recent AGM of Wall Parish Council heard that the proposal was not popular with local residents on the grounds of noise, shadow flicker, the effect on the landscape and the potential damage it could cause to bats.

Researchers at Bristol University are investigating anecdotal evidence from Germany that claims bats suffer from a similar fate to divers who get ‘the bends’ when a wind turbine is erected, while locals are concerned that the shadow flicker caused by the blades could spook horses and other animals.

Severn Trent’s website states:

“On site construction work may include the construction of access roads and working areas as well as the installation of concrete foundations.  This process is likely to take at least three months but this depends on the nature of the site and the development.”

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