Wind farm plans to go on display

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A COMPANY will hold public exhibitions on proposals to build two wind turbines in Ketton.

REG Windpower wants to put the wind turbines in Steadfold Lane, Ketton, to the east of Hanson Cement. It is holding two public exhibitions on its plans in Ketton on Friday and Saturday November 18 and 19, so people can have a chance to comment on the plans.

Development manager for REG Windpower Owen Saward said: “We are excited about the potential to generate clean, safe energy in Ketton, with benefits for the local community too.

“We would like to encourage local residents to come along, see our plans and ask any questions they may have.

“Before we submit a planning application we will consider all feedback and keep residents updated.

“If the scheme is approved by the council, a community fund will be established to make significant sums of money available to local communities and we’d like to hear residents’ ideas for the fund.”

The companyhas offices in Truro and Bath and has 10 small to medium-sized windfarms across the country. It is planning to consider responses to the consultation over the winter before submitting an application in the spring.

REG Windpower says the site has been chosen because the wind speed is suitable, the turbines are an appropriate distance from homes, site access is good and the site has minimal effect on the environment.

The site was considered as a location for wind turbines in 2004 but the plans never came to fruition because of concerns about fast jets from RAF Cottesmore passing overhead.

The public exhibitions on the plans will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall in Chapel Lane, Ketton, on Friday next week between midday and 7pm, and on Saturday, November 19, at Ketton Primary School in the High Street from 10am to 3pm.

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