Have your say on Cotwalton Wind Turbine – TODAY!

Call to order: Cllr Gareth Jones led an impromptu question and answer session between Hallmark’s David Wheeler and local residents.
Call to order: Cllr Gareth Jones led an impromptu question and answer session between Hallmark’s David Wheeler and local residents.

Friday 14th February is the deadline for telling Borough Planners what you think about the proposed wind turbine at Cotwalton Drumble. Locals only learned of Hallmark Power’s plans to erect a 77-metre wind turbine on land at Woodhouse Farm, Cotwalton late last month.

On February 10th, at hastily-convened information evening at Moddershall Village Hall, furious residents bombarded Hallmark Power representatives with objections concerning the turbine’s visual and environmental impact and the lack of prior consultation.

Hallmark’s David Wheeler said the 500kw turbine would generate enough energy to power 262 homes.

But anti-turbine action group founder Gill Stanford claimed the turbine would dominate the skyline from Stone and for miles around, including the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area. “The Moddershall Valley should be known for its historic water mills, not windmills,” she argued.

Borough Councillors Gareth Jones and Lynn Bakker-Collier, who had called in the turbine’s planning application, undertook to demand an extension of the 14th February deadline from the Borough Planners.

Comments can be registered online with Stafford Borough Council until February 14th at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/planning-public-access under planning reference 13/19630/FUL