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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 September, 2004, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Turbine scheme stirs turbulence
More than 160 turbines are planned for the area
Residents in North Lincolnshire say they are upset their fears over a number of planned wind farms are not being heard.

There are proposals for more than 160 turbines in and around the Isle of Axholme near Scunthorpe.

Campaigners say they are not completely against the idea of wind farms, but are against the number of turbines proposed.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday to discuss the matter.

Dumping ground

Richard Nixon, from the North Axholme Against Wind Farms group said: "From data we have collected, 61% of people we have consulted in Crowle do not want wind farms on the doorstep.

"We speak for the silent majority who are most concerned the area still known as North Axholme will in time become the UK's dumping ground for excessive wind farm development."

Campaigners say the government's original guidelines for the area suggested that no more than 12 wind turbines should be built in the Humber Head area, which includes North Lincolnshire, Goole and part of north Nottinghamshire.

They have also expressed concerns over the size of some of the turbines which could be 400ft high.

Wind farm companies claim they have public support for what they are doing and that the government is committed to increase the amount of renewable energy produced in the country.

The protest group now hopes North Lincolnshire Council will ask for a public inquiry into the proposed project.

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