300 sign up to petition against three turbines

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Objections have been lodged along with a petition of over 300 signatures to a plan for three wind turbines at Bonds Farm, Wisbech Road, Manea.

Long-standing wind turbine campaigner John Stoneman is concerned about the proposed turbines which he feels are too close to protected wildlife areas in Fenland, particularly the reserves at Welney and Manea.

Cambs Environmental and Wildlife Protection (CEWP) has lodged a formal objection to Fenland Council and the petition has been submitted by Save our Swans Welney.

CEWP say objection is based on the “fragile ecology of the site” and claims the “amount of predicted energy generated by this proposal when set alongside the environmental and ecological impacts”, is reason for rejection.

The group also claims any developments and structures such as wind turbines of any size within the area will conflict with conservation work.

The group is concerned if this application is approved, it could give rise to past rejected turbine applications being re-submitted.

Mr Stoneman, who lives at Welney, said: “The Ouse Reserves are about to be extended by 500 acres, this additional land will be used to create wetlands and habitat to be enjoyed by wildlife and future generations to come.”

The application has been submitted on behalf of Maurice Crouch by agents Green Power Solutions Uk Ltd.

The agents describe it as small scale and not a wind farm development and say the height and location “will not pose significant harm to the open landscape.”

Documents lodged with the application also say: “We recognise that our proposed site is close to an SSSI but feel that at one-and-a-half kilometres away from the boundary, our small wind turbine poses minimal risk to birds.”

This is not accepted by the objectors who claim evidence shows birds feed varying distances from the reserves.

CEWP is considering putting forward a proposal to the council asking for a five kilometre protective corridor south of the Sixteen Foot drain.