Battle of Bickleton wind farm plan begins

IT was standing room only in Fremington Parish Hall last night at a public meeting called to discuss the prospect of a wind farm being built at nearby Bickleton. Around 150 people heard a presentation given by local UKIP members, who organised the event.

IT was standing room only in Fremington Parish Hall last night at a public meeting called to discuss the prospect of a wind farm being built at nearby Bickleton.Around 150 people heard a presentation given by local UKIP members, who organised the event.Nearly 20 people expressed a willingness to help Yelland resident Mo Mugridge set up a Bickleton Against Turbines group."People sometimes think we are all yokels down here with straw hanging out of our mouths," she said. "We intend to show them differently."No planning application has been submitted yet, so we are determined to make enough noise to stop it from happening."The meeting was attended by the would-be developer, Mike Stamford, from Norwich, who said he was still considering the project to place three wind turbines at Bickleton Farm.Stephen Crowther, from UKIP, said the meeting had achieved its aim of opening the debate and allowing local residents to find out more about wind energy."We did a straw poll at the end of the meeting and not one person voted in favour of the plan," he said."UKIP's policy is that we are against an over-reliance on wind turbines in the national energy policy. They are a bit of a red herring because they don't provide reliable energy and are diverting resources away from other methods of producing electricity.


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