Published: 30/01/2013 09:00

D-Day set for wind turbine plans

Written byBY JENNY MOODY

CRUNCH time is days away for plans for a giant wind turbine in Uttoxeter which has caused outrage across the town.

Staffordshire County Council’s planning committee is expected to decide whether it will grant permission for a 255ft (78m) wind turbine on Uttoxeter Quarry in Spath at a meeting on Thursday, February 7 at 10am.

Councillor Geoff Morrison, who covers the Uttoxeter ward, confirmed the meeting will be held at the County Buildings, in Stafford, with planning chairman Tim Corbett heading the meeting.

Councillor Morrison said: “I don’t know what I am doing on that day but if possible I will be speaking out against it.”

The application was submitted by Aggregates Industries and AGRewables to supply electricity to quarry operations and any surplus will be sent to other Aggregate sites across the UK, with the suggestion it could be used for sports facilities once quarrying is completed.

Uttoxeter Wind Turbine Action Group (UWTAG) has since been set up opposing the turbine and has been actively fighting to stop the plans going through.

Councillor Morrison added although he can not prejudge the outcome of the meeting, he personally is ‘totally against it’.

He said: “I have to say it is remarkable the detail the group and parish council have gone in to.

“They have put a lot of effort in and deserve to be listen to. They have proved the point that the turbine is not needed, not wanted and we want rid of it.

“It would be such a huge monstrosity, bigger than Big Ben. It will also be very near to the cricket and football pitches.

“It would cause the potential deaths of migrating birds as this is a route as they regularly take.

“This application has been met with opposition right the way through.”

The council has previously reported having more than 780 individually signed letters and a petition with 330 signatures in response to the application. Although it has been said they are not all against it.

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