Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BANDING TOGETHER TO FIGHT TURBINES; Action Group Meets over Plans

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BANDING TOGETHER TO FIGHT TURBINES; Action Group Meets over Plans

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Byline: MIKE MORGAN mike.morgan@eveninggazette.co.uk

THE FIGHT against a massive windfarm on hills overlooking Guisborough is well and truly on.

Worried residents and councillors last night packed Sunnyfield House meeting room to back the founding of a FIGHT (Fight In Guisborough to Halt Turbines) action group.

A special committee is now being formed to marshal support throughout the area, opposing the PS15.6m scheme for a proposed cluster of 410ft high wind turbines at Park Woods, on the Gisborough Estate.

Residents from the Mount Pleasant community, just a few hundred metres away from the proposed site, volunteered to join the steering committee.

And campaigners from Seamer near Stokesley, who already have similar large-scale wind turbines near their homes, attended to give their advice and support.

Representatives and residents from New Marske and Lingdale who've opposed other wind turbine schemes in the area, also suggested the various campaigners should now band together to make a concerted fight against schemes which residents fear "could swamp the area".

Durham-based Banks Renewables wants to build a six-turbine windfarm close to the historic market town and its priory, in view of many homes, including those on the main Hunters Hill estate.

But North Yorkshire Brewery boss George Tinsley, 61, of Pinchinthorpe Hall, called the meeting to set up the action group.

He told the gathering: "I want to find out if people want to form a group to fight against these proposals - a non-political group." Guisborough town mayor Malcolm Griffiths attended to listen to people's views, as did Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop.

Cllr Griffiths said beforehand: "Wind farms should be out at sea, or on brownfield sites in the Tees Valley."

Local councillor Bill Suthers said Guisborough's trump card is its proximity to the North York Moors National Park. He said: "This the fourth wind turbine application we've had in this general area. If this gets through, we could be surrounded by these things.

"This is about merchant banks in cahoots with the land owner taking money out of the area. …

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