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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 October, 2004, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Wind turbine plan divides village
Mock up of windfarm
Mock-up of Westmill Wind Farm by the A420 near Shrivenham
Controversial plans to build five wind turbines are being scrutinised by the shadow environment secretary.

Plans for a community-owned wind farm in Watchfield were approved five years ago, but developers are now seeking permission for larger blades.

A nearby school claims low frequency vibrations from the blades may have an impact on their students.

But Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative says the turbines provide a safe form of renewable energy.

The imperatives to respond creatively and urgently to climate change is beholden on us all as individuals, communities, and decision makers
Adam Twine
Shadow secretary of state for the environment Richard Ottaway MP will discuss concerns surrounding the wind farm proposal with residents.

He will meet Lydia Otter, who runs the Pennyhooks Project, an education centre for young adults with autism which is next to the proposed site.

She said: "The students suffer from a sensory overload where everything is noisier and brighter. They may find the blades distracting and distressing."

Despite her concerns, Westmill Wind Farm Co-op has been nominated for the best business in the South East Renewable Energy Awards 2004, and will find out the results in early November.

Its sister company, Co-op Baywind Energy, which pioneered the UK's first co-operative wind farm in Cumbria, has been nominated for a DTI Enterprising Solutions Award.

Adam Twine, from Westmill Wind Farm, said: "Bangladesh suffered some of the worst flooding ever this year, leaving 30 million people homeless.

"This is just the beginnings of the effects of climate change. The imperatives to respond creatively and urgently to climate change is beholden on us all as individuals, communities, and decision makers."


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