Windfarms go under public spotlight

RESIDENTS will get to have their say on a windfarm proposal at a series of public exhibitions next week.

Advanced plans by Peel Energy for 13 turbines will go on show at six Northumberland venues, including in Hadston.

The bid is integrated into the Blue Sky Forest (BSF) project – the brainchild of Widdrington Regeneration Partnership and UK Coal – to transform former opencast areas at Steadshead, Stobswood and Maidens Hall into major tourism, sporting and leisure facilities. An application for the windfarm is expected to be lodged this year, ahead of the wider BSF bid.

Residents will be able to give their views and ask questions about the windfarm proposal during the exhibitions which will feature a range of information including photomontage images of how the turbines would look.

The exhibitions (refreshments provided) take place on:

l Wednesday, October 19: Widdrington Women’s Institute Hall, Widdrington Village, 2pm–8pm.

l Thursday, October 20: Ulgham Women’s Institute, Ulgham, 10am–noon; Widdrington Community Centre, Widdrington Station, 1pm–6pm; Tritlington First School, Tritlington, 7pm–9pm.

l Friday, October 21: Cresswell Village Hall, Cresswell, 9am–noon; Hadston House, Bondicar Road, Hadston, 1.30pm–6.30pm.

More information from Carole Riley or Alex Doyle on 0161 786 8000.