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Hackney Marsh wind turbine backed by residents

Artists impression of what the wind turbine on Hackney Marshes would look like
The turbine would not affect the playing fields on the marshes

Residents have backed plans for a wind turbine on Hackney Marshes.

More than 87% of the 712 people who responded to a consultation on the proposals for the east London playing fields were in favour of the turbine.

A wind turbine is to be built in nearby Waltham Forest as part of the 2012 Olympic Games' legacy and Hackney Council wants a second on East Marsh.

The two turbines could generate enough power for the council's main buildings and nearly all of its street lighting.

New playing fields

The turbine will not impact on sports on the Marshes.

After the Games, East Marsh will get new playing fields as planned and the turbine will not reduce the 10 pitches planned for the site.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: "Although minimising energy usage is the highest priority this is an opportunity to generate truly local green energy to power things for the community.

"It would also deliver a further cut in carbon emissions, helping to keep Hackney one of the greenest boroughs in London."

He added: "A key stage to come will be for any chosen turbine operator to satisfy the planning authorities that there will be a minimal impact on the environment, such as wildlife."

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