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Moves to answer wind farm fears

Wind turbine
Energy 4 All said it holds exhibitions to try and deal with concerns

A group behind a planned wind farm in Leicestershire is hoping to convince opponents their fears are unfounded.

Energy 4 All wants to put three 410ft (125m) turbines near Gartree.

Residents have raised concerns about noise and MP Edward Garnier said he is worried flickering shadows could affect a nearby prison.

But the developer has insisted most noise has been engineered out and so-called flicker can be tackled by stopping the blades at certain times.

Harborough MP and government spokesman for prisons Edward Garnier expressed fears about how close the three turbines would be to the Gartree High Security Prison.

Changing mindset

He said: "It does not take much to cause a problem in a prison - any excuse for a riot and you will get it.

"My concern is that the flickering and the noise caused by these enormous structures, within yards of the prison perimeter, could lead to disciplinary problems within the prison."

Energy 4 All, a community co-operative, said it had similar opposition to a site in Oxfordshire but now many residents had invested in the site.

John Malone, development director for Energy 4 All, said: "A lot of people have come with those concerns to a public exhibition and many have gone away with a different view on the noise having spoken to the experts that we have been working with.

"Some people remain unconvinced of course and still have these concerns but once the wind farms are built it tends to be that people find they are not as noisy as they first feared."

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