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Wind Farm MD Rejects Claims

A Wind Farm developer has rejected claims that underhand tactics were used when gathering support for the proposals for a site near Helmdon.

   Broadview Energy Ltd has been accused of gathering signatures for letters of support for five turbines at Spring Ridge Farm without fully explaining the details of the letter.

   This week Jo Ballantine, from Helmdon, claimed she saw a stall in Brackley.

   She said: “The group admitted that Broadview had commissioned them to do this.

   “The problem I have with this is that they weren’t telling peole what they were signing at all.

   In some cases they only asked if someone was pro-wind, and if they mentioned the scheme they didn’t state where it was or any other details.

   “I believe people will have signed in total ignorance and worse still, will have had no clue that it was a developer who will earn millions of poiunds every year from this scheme.

   Jeff Corrigan, managing director and founder of Broadview said there was nothing underhand about the way the stalls were run.

   Mr Corrigan said the stalls included maps, photo montages showing what Spring Farm Ridge would look like with turbines, and a 20 – 30 page non-technical summary of the proposal.

   He said: ”There was a great deal of information there about the project and I just find it hard to fathom that someone could make that statement.”

    He added: “This is an important project and as part of that we spent a great deal of  time trying to make sure the community was appropriately appraised of it.

   We’ve held several consultation events in near-by villages.  But we also felt as  Brackley is reasonably close-by,  residents there had a  right to know about it.

Brackley & Towcester Advertiser  -  28 January 2011 



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