Leaflet drop rallies support for protest

Campaigners have stepped up their efforts to get the backing of as many people as possible after plans were submitted for a wind farm in West Pinchbeck.

Wind Ventures has applied to South Holland District Council for permission to put up nine 126m high turbines at Fen Farm, South Fen – but villagers fear the development would have a huge impact on their quality of life and harm wildlife at nearby Willow Tree Fen nature reserve.

Members of Stop West Pinchbeck Wind Farm have printed a leaflet informing other residents that plans have been submitted and asking for their support.

The leaflet, which will be dropped through doors, will outline the group’s objections and urge villagers to write to South Holland District Council with their own concerns.

Group spokesman Sue Blake said: “We need to spread the word. To make a difference we need as many people as possible to get involved.

“We believe there are very good reasons why this wind farm should not be built and that we therefore have a good chance of stopping it.”

Among the objections to the turbines are:

l Visual impact – with Deeping St Nicholas wind farm only two and a half miles away, it is feared the Delph wind farm will transform the wetland landscape into a vista of wind turbines.

l Impact on nature reserves – the potential of birds colliding with turbine blades, noise and visual disturbance, shadow flicker on bird hides and reduced enjoyment by visitors are all concerns;

l Noise impact – campaigners fear that given noise problems at the Deeping St Nicholas farm – which were subject to a High Court case by Jane and Julian Davis who were forced to move out of their home – there is potential for similar problems at Delph Wind Farm.

Mrs Blake added: “Objecting is important. If you do not object it will be assumed by planners you are in agreement.”