Villagers flock to see windfarm plans

The Straker family live at Plantation Farm next to the proposed site and helped man the Middleton Burn Action Group stand. L-R is Linda, Verity and Martin.
The Straker family live at Plantation Farm next to the proposed site and helped man the Middleton Burn Action Group stand. L-R is Linda, Verity and Martin.

RESIDENTS turned out in force to view proposals for a major windfarm in north Northumberland this afternoon.

The company behind plans for a site near Belford, to be known as Middleton Burn, held a public exhibition in the village to provide more information on the scheme for 16 125-metre turbines.

And by mid-afternoon, there was a steady stream of people to see the display at the Bell View Resource Centre, which was rivalled by a separate display from Middleton Burn Action Group, which was set up to oppose the plans.

The group was holding a ballot to gauge public opinion on the turbines.

Jens Rasmussen, director of Middleton Burn Ltd, said that community benefit was a ‘key part’ of the scheme.

He also said the consultation was important so that they could find out what people want.

“The consultation is about hearing what they have to say,” he said. “We are here to listen to everybody and to be as factual as possible.

“We are here to engage and talk and go through the process, and we are very happy to hear feedback from anyone – positive and negative.”

Martin Straker, from the Middleton Burn Action Group, said that they had received a ‘very good response’.

“I would say the majority of people are against the proposal,” he said.

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