Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wind Farms Have Power to Divide Us

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wind Farms Have Power to Divide Us

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The power of wind farms to provide the supplies of energy expected of them may remain the subject of heated debate in some quarters.

But there can be no disputing that they possess more than enough strength to divide communities, and none more so than those of rural Northumberland.

Further evidence of that came yesterday when the county council decided to back an application from npower renewables for an 18-turbine wind farm at Middlemoor.

In a matter of days, judgment on the same proposal will be passed by Alnwick District Council. Some believe it may take a completely opposite view to the county.

The verdict of the people on whom the erection of turbines would most have an impact is mixed, it seems.

However, the final decision does not rest with them. Instead, it lies with the Department of Trade and Industry which, by all accounts, is determined to push through as many wind farm applications as possible.

So far, so straightforward, you might think. …

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