Residents turn out to discuss plans for wind turbine near Lichfield

Residents turned out in force to debate plans to build a 420-feet high wind turbine near Lichfield.

A packed village hall at Harlaston saw 200 locals gather on Saturday (January 23)  to discuss the proposals by German technology company Prowind. It follows a recent exhibition organised by the company to explain the plans.

Residents packed into the meeting at Harlaston Village Hall

Residents packed into the meeting at Harlaston Village Hall

The meeting was arranged at the request of Matthew Ellis, Lichfield Rural East’s County Councillor, who has written twice to over 700 homes in the area to highlight the need for people to make their views known.

He said:

“It’s crucial that local people take up their right to have a say on this. It’s not a foregone conclusion as some seem to think and views, whether good or bad, are important to the planning process when it starts in the next month or two.

“The wind turbines proposed will be an almost identical size to Gulliver, the tallest wind turbine ever built on the UK mainland and I question whether this is right for that or whether it’s just opportunist.”

David Lodge, Chairman of the parish council at Clifton Campville says the strength of feeling is growing.

He added:

“Many people at Saturday’s meeting were concerned that Prowind representatives appeared to believe there was no stopping this proposal. Questions which were asked were not answered and promises to provide additional information and illustrations showing other local features have not been honoured.”

Prowind’s application is due to be submitted to Lichfield Council District in the next eight weeks.

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3 Comments

  1. Streethay Swampy

    27th January, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Is this the wind turbine proposed for the Curborough area or another one?

  2. Streethay Swampy

    27th January, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    So this is another one in the area, at least Clifton Campville Parish Council are on the ball. I wonder what Curborough & Elmhurst Parish Council are doing about their wind turbine?