Campaigners hope for district wide support for their fundraising day
FUN DAY EXTRAVAGANZA FOR WIND FARM FIGHT
By Gavin Moore
A rural community is inviting people from across south Northants to join them in a fun day to raise money for their anti-wind farm fighting fund.
In October members of the Helmdon, Stutchbury and Greatworth Wind Action Group will sit through a second planning enquiry into proposals for five wind turbines by Broadview Energy at Spring Ridge Farm, just off the B4525 Welsh Lane.
South Northants originally refused permission for the development in July 2012 (sic).
That decision was overturned by a planning inspector in July 2012, but residents rejoiced in January this year when a judicial review concluded the planning inspector‘s decision letter did not meet planning law requirements.
The saga will now continue in October during a second planning inquiry, at which HSGWAG will support SNC with a barrister and expert witnesses.
On Saturday, August 24, HSGWAG will host a Garden Extravaganza and Fun Day at Peter’s Farm, just off the road to Sulgrave.
The day will feature treasure hunts, a bouncy castle, pony rides and stalls selling produce, plants and arts and crafts.
The highlight will be a fundraising auction conducted by professional London auctioneer Andrew Jackson and top lots include a trip to the House of Commons with south Northants MP Andrea Leadsom and a helicopter ride.
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KEITH JONES, HSGWAG CHAIRMAN SAID: “We all supported SNC’s counsel last time and we felt we had to do something extra and different this time because we have been given a second chance to fight this case,
“Rather than fight the same fight all over again we felt there were other points which could be made stronger, and as a community we wanted to put in maximum effort.”
Richard Honey, the barrister who will represent HSHWAG in October, has also donated a guided tour of the UK legal heartland at Temple in London.
Peter’s Farm Woodland Garden will also be open to the public, as well as the farm museum which boats a display of vintage tractors.
Refreshment include a barbecue by Limes Farm from Farthinghoe, teas, cakes, popcorn, candyfloss and a Pimms bar tent.
Fun Day organiser Diane Benisek said they had been very fortunate with large donations towards the fighting fund but they wanted to give people a chance to support the campaign via smaller contributions.
She added: "This is really a way for everybody else to support us, to do what they can, because not everyone can write big cheques.”
As a resident of grange Farm Mrs Benizek would be on the front line of the development. She said: “We live in what could be the second closest house to the wind farm, so our garden will look out on these 125m turbines.
“It will completely spoil our outlook and it will make a lot of noise. The more we look into it the more we realise how expensive and ineffective it is as a way of producing evergy.”
The Brackley & Towcester Advertiser – 16 August 2013