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Campaigners say Ribble Valley will not become Turbine Alley 

Cllr Lois Rimmer, Veronica Hargreaves, Barry Boardman and Richard Jennison from the Campaign for Rural England
Campaigners say Ribble Valley will not become Turbine Alley Veronica Hargreaves Ribble Valley Borough Council Ribble Valley petition organisers Nigel Evans local group local health Cllr Lois Rimmer Carr Hall Garden Centre Andrew Donelan

[caption id="attachment_258062" align="alignleft" width="300"]Campaigners say Ribble Valley will not become Turbine Alley Veronica Hargreaves Ribble Valley Borough Council Ribble Valley petition organisers Nigel Evans local group local health Cllr Lois Rimmer Carr Hall Garden Centre Andrew Donelan Cllr Lois Rimmer, Veronica Hargreaves, Barry Boardman and Richard Jennison from the Campaign for Rural England[/caption]

A public meeting was held this evening at the Langho and Billington Community centre by a local group set up to campaign against the erection of wind turbines at Carr Hall Garden Centre near Langho.

The hall was overflowing with local residents who heard from several speakers including the chair of the meeting Cllr Lois Rimmer. The speakers outlined details of the proposal that have been submitted by the garden centre owner Andrew Donelan and reasons that  can be used to object to the proposals. They included the impact on the environment, wildlife, businesses and residents.

The proposal includes three wind turbines that would be 46 metres high and there were mock ups of how the wind turbines were envisaged to impact on the local landscape.

All the speakers were met with resounding applause and every person who stood to speak from the audience were against the proposals for reasons ranging from impact on public rights of way to concerns about the impact on individuals health.

Organisers urged residents to write to Ribble Valley Borough Council to object to the plans and hoped that a petition could attract as many as 3000 signatures.

The campaign is supported by Nigel Evans MP, Lord Patel and the Campaign for Rural England.

The campaign speakers stressed that the proposal was not just a local matter as the proposed structures would be seen all over the Ribble Valley.