Meeting set to discuss plans to build wind turbines near Lichfield

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan

Residents of the Mease and Tame area around Lichfield and Tamworth are expected to turn out in force to discuss plans to build four 420-foot high wind turbines.

Local people are campaigning against the proposals, which are expected to be submitted by German company Prowind in February,claming the structures will dominate the skyline around Clifton Campville, Haunton, Harlaston and Wigginton.

The public meeting – taking place tomorrow (January 23) is expected to attract an even bigger turnout than the first meeting two months ago which saw more than 100 people pack in to a local village hall.

Matthew Ellis, the area’s County Councillor, said:

“This is a District Council matter and my involvement is simply to make certain that local people know exactly what is being proposed and where. I’ve written to over 700 homes in the immediate area encouraging them to make their views known at the appropriate time because too often, with busy lives, people miss the chance to influence major development that happens close to where they live. And these wind turbines are huge.

“Each of the four are more than twice the height of nearby St Andrews Church and are just one metre shorter than Gulliver in Lowestoft, the tallest onshore wind turbine ever to be built in the UK.

“Over 230 people have now registered on my website for email updates on this issue and it is easy to see from the dozens of public comments on the proposals which have been posted on the site that there is ma jo r concern about the plans.”

Tomorrow’s public meeting starts at 10am at the village hall in Manor Lane , Harlaston.

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