Campaign group opposed to wind turbines vow to give doubters a sense of perspective by sending up blimp to 125m

PUBLISHED: 08:20 14 August 2014

The view from Aldreth Causeway

The view from Aldreth Causeway


Campaigners battling a proposal to erect three wind turbines in Haddenham will be flying a blimp close to the site over the weekend.

How the blimp over Haddenham could lookHow the blimp over Haddenham could look

The Stop Berry Fen Wind Farm group will be flying the blimp up to 125m – the same height as REG Windpower intends to erect its wind turbines.

A planning application is currently being considered by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The blimp is being supplied by Visual Reality, a company which provides the helium-filled balloons to anti-wind farm groups and environmental campaigners. The luminous orange blimp will measure almost 20ft in length and has had to be cleared for flight with the Civil Aviation Authority.

A spokesman for the group said: “People find it almost impossible to visualise the height of the turbines. Explaining that they will be twice the height of Ely Cathedral still does not convey the overpowering visual impact that they will have on the local area.

“Our blimp will go up to the height of the turbine blades, which is 125 metres or 410 feet, five times the height of the Haddenham-Wilburton ridge. We are confident that people who are not worried about this wind farm at the moment will have second thoughts when they see the blimp.

“The scale of the turbines is huge and totally out of keeping with this area of peaceful countryside. Because they are so massive, they will have a visual impact more than 25 kilometers away.”

The group hopes to keep the blimp up from 9 am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments will be available at Aldreth Village Hall on Saturday from 1-4 pm and on Sunday from 11am-4pm.

The group is also asking people to take photos of the blimp from their homes to show how the turbines could affect them. The photos should be e-mailed - with the postcode of the location from which they were taken - to:

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  • A wake up call to many one hopes. Cottenham church can be seen from the vicinity of the proposed site so one assumes the turbines could be seen from Cottenham. It was rather saddening to see comments in the paper this week from those who seemed to use their " green " consciences to make acceptable taking what can only be construed as sweeteners from the wind power company to the community. Quite how anyone in Haddenham could live with seeing their neighbours at Aldreth have their lifetime investments in their homes devalued and be plagued by flicker and noise ( refer to the case of Kessingland in Suffolk) for the sake of a few thousand pounds for community projects is puzzling. Especially since there is no guarantee the kick back would go to Haddenham and would not be in perpetuity. Wind power companies are not benevolent societies, they do not choose a location for its appropriateness-merely where they can get away with it .The installations are industrial complexes. I would refer readers to the case of a windfarm build offshore Cromer, where the thrust of the consultation took part in coastal towns where there was little opposition, but where later the residents of a tiny village in mid Norfolk ( Little Dunham) had to fight off plans for a very large substation for the wind farm to connect to the Grid within yards of their homes.This is now being built beside the A47.Wind power companies are not above being less than open about their plans. Wind power companies do not care about our savings, nor our well being, nor the beauty of the landscape, nor the environment , nor the local infrastructure but only about the subsidies and their income.

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    Friday, August 15, 2014

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