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Balloon protest over wind farm

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Jenny Beasley is protesting against plans for 11 wind turbines in the Reagill area

A businesswoman is to stage a protest against a proposal to build 11 wind turbines in Cumbria.

Jenny Beasley, of Reagill, will use helium-filled balloons and a recording of noise produced by a wind farm to "show the reality" of living near one.

She said the plans could "force people out of their homes" and have a negative impact on local businesses and tourism.

Pure Renewable Energies said it had not yet submitted a proposal but confirmed it was assessing the area.

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The 54-year-old will be demonstrating in her local area on Friday.

Mrs Beasley said: "Cumbria can't afford to lose what tourism they're getting, especially in this recession."

A spokesman for the company said: "At this early stage it would be premature to enter into discussions on specific sites.

"Should we decide to go ahead with a planning application then we will of course engage in full public consultation as part of the planning process."



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