Protest against turbine trucks

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AROUND 100 people took to the streets in Guilsborough to protest against plans to transport huge wind turbine parts through villages.

The banner-waving crowd lined themselves up to match the dimentions of the trucks which they say will be 50 metres long by some five metres wide (164ft by 16ft).

Chanting ‘when will you admit it won’t fit?’ they made their way through the centre of the village passing by historic buildings they say could be damaged by trucks taking parts of the Volkswind site at Watford Lodge.

Karen Robson, one of the organisers, said: “What we’re trying to say is that Volkswind hasn’t done its homework.

“They say the lorries will fit, but they’ve not actually surveyed the route – they’ve only run it on computers.

“In some places there’s only 50cm of clearance and they’d have to dig out a bank.

“And it’s not just our village that’s affected.”

The protesters are also concerned about the impact the lorries and the vibrations from them could have on several old cob buildings - made of mud and with no foundations.

The protesters were supported by Daventry’s MP Chris Heaton-Harris and the leader of Daventry District Council Chris Millar who said: “I’m calling on Northamptonshire County Council to rethink the route.

“There are buildings along the route that could be put at risk from these convoys.”

The protest came just a couple of days after a site next to the proposed Watford wind turbine site was recognised as of ‘national significance’ and given scheduled ancient monument status by the Government.

The status is designed to protect surviving archaeology and restricts what can be done with the land.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “English Heritage is pleased to be able to recognise the national importance of a selected area of Watford Park, which contains earthwork and buried archaeological remains of eighteenth century gardens, a shrunken medieval village and an associated area of well- preserved ridge and furrow.”

The importance of the site came to light when the area around the proposed wind farm was closely studied as part of the planning process by local people.

Although the designated site is not part of the land proposed for the five turbines, the historical importance could impact on the planning decision by Daventry District Council, which now looks likely to come in May.