Cousland turbine owner hits back

Locals who are very annoyed about the recent introduction of two wind turbines on a nearby farm
Locals who are very annoyed about the recent introduction of two wind turbines on a nearby farm

The owner of the land where two 40ft-high wind turbines appeared recently has hit-back at locals who said they weren’t informed about them.

Peter Caunt from Cousland Equestrian Centre was responding to the Advertiser article on December 18 in which a group of villagers said they knew nothing about the plans until the wind turbines were erected. Phil Calvert was one of the locals worried that the wind turbines could affect house prices in Cousland due to their visual impact.

But Mr Caunt defended the wind turbines and denied that locals were not informed.

He said: “I would say that 99.9 per cent of people in Cousland knew about the wind turbines.

“I haven’t had any local people complain about this to me.

“I think the wind turbines are a good thing. We are going to use substantially more 
energy in the future. We don’t have coal mines anymore and we need to look for more energy sources.

“It is not a new application. In fact we had two turbines on the same site before, they were about 30ft-high. We put them up in 2008 or 2009 but they were never switched on. They came down recently when we put these new ones up.

“They generate energy for the grid and we also get energy from it.”

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