Action group vows to continue its fight against turbines

Chris Craddock
Chris Craddock

The chairman of a north Northumberland-based anti-windfarm campaign group reflected on several successes at the body’s recent AGM.

Middleton Burn Action Group (MBAG), which was set up to fight bids for two sets of turbines to the west of Belford, held the meeting in February at which the current committee was re-elected.

In his address, chairman Chris Craddock did admit that Energiekontor’s successful appeal against the county council’s decision to refuse permission for a met mast on the Belford Burn site was ‘a slight disappointment’, but it is set against ‘a number of real successes’.

These include the opposition shown to the Belford Burn proposals during a public exhibition in May last year, the large number of objections to the planning application – which was lodged in June – and last summer’s survey of tourists and holidaymakers in Belford.

Mr Craddock also referred to the public meeting held in November, at which ‘no one could have been in any doubt as to the views of the village’.

He also warned MBAG, which now has more than 500 members, that the Middleton Burn scheme is still in the offing and a planning application could be submitted in the near future, which would mean the fight continuing for many months into the future.

“However, we will not waver, we will continue to fight the good fight and oppose with vigour the despoiling of our village and its surrounds,” he said.