Middlewick Wind Farm Support Group Launches

Scaremongering over a proposed wind farm has got the wind up a group of Dengie residents.

In fact, they’ve become so fed-up with the claims of rival organisation, SIEGE they have established their own lobbying group, Middlewick WoW.

The acronym stands for ‘Wonder of Wind’ and is the brainchild of Lauren Hartley and Patti Kyrnza, both from Burnham on Crouch.

The pair decided to start their campaign as a direct response to Southminster Inhabitants Environmental Group Enterprise, the group campaigning to prevent the Middlewick Wind Farm from going ahead.

Patsy says “There has been a lot of rubbish said and written about this project – including visibility of the turbines, transport, house prices, noise and wildlife – but these are all lies designed by the anti-protestors to frighten people into siding with them. We got so frustrated by their outrageous claims that we decided to start a group in support of the wind farm and do all we can to make sure the true facts are heard.”

She added, “We want to show the Maldon Councillors making the final decision that the majority of local people ARE in favour of Middlewick, and they should not be taken in by the claims of a vocal minority.”

Lauren believes that clean, locally-generated ‘green’ energy can only be a good thing, saying “Wind power is fantastic and desperately needed. Middlewick will supply electricity to 38% of all the homes in the Maldon district. People need to wake up and realise that unless we start utilising these alternative sources of power, we are not going to be able to turn on our lights in 15 years time. WoW will be doing all it can to make sure this project goes ahead, by carrying out lobbying and distributing leaflets and posters. ”

To get involved with Middlewick WoW, please call Patti Kyrnza on 01621 784394 or email pakyrnza@idnet.com

Plans to construct a nine turbine wind farm, 3km east of Southminster have been submitted to Maldon District Council, with a decision due early summer 2010. For more information on Middlewick Wind Farm, visit www.ridgewind.com


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