Wind turbine plans rejected by villagers

PUBLISHED: 09:28 05 October 2010 | UPDATED: 09:31 05 October 2010

Campaigners have welcomed a parish poll’s rejection of plans to build a wind turbine in the heart of a scenic Broadland village.

More than 430 parishioners in Hickling, near Stalham, voted last night whether they wanted an 80ft turbine built as part of an £800,000 scheme for a new village hall.

The referendum was held at the Methodist Chapel Hall in response to the demands of a special parish meeting attended by 160 villagers last month.

At a 9pm count last night, following a 52pc voter turnout, the poll recorded 247 against the turbine and 186 for it.

The poll carries no legal weight but the parish council chairman Viv Tallowin pledged to consider the result before going ahead with any planning application for the turbine.

The council wants to incorporate the turbine in its plans as a way of generating about £6,500 a year to offset the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

However, Simon Lambard, who has helped orchestrate opposition with his wife Angela, said: “There has been real concern over this in the village. The biggest worry is that the turbine would be only 100m from the Hickling Broad site of special scientific interest.

“Hickling is one of the few unspoiled villages, and would approval for one turbine have led to more?”

The decision also came as a relief to Gwen Gray, 88, a resident in Mallard Way, who said she had been “horrified at the thought of looking out on an ugly wind turbine every single day”.

To reinforce its case, the council had held a two-day seminar at the weekend, inviting villagers “to come and discuss the facts about the turbine”.

And in a flyer sent to homes, a council spokesman said: “Any turbine of any size causes some visual intrusion. We have taken a balanced view that the level of intrusion to our whole community is outweighed by the community benefits the turbine would bring.”

The flyer answered fears there would be an impact on house prices, wildlife or television reception.

Other News

4 minutes ago

A stretch of seafront Great Yarmouth road is set to undergo nine weeks of repairs - at a cost of £100,000.

50 minutes ago

A man who threatened to kill a woman he bombarded with abusive phone calls has been jailed.


Adriano Guedes, aged 65, of Kessingland, moved to England from Portugal more than 15 years ago and was admitted to hospital in 2014 after having a stroke.


The man who was killed in a fatal stabbing in Great Yarmouth has been named.

Most Read

Yesterday, 11:17

A man remains in hospital with serious injuries after his car crashed into a telephone pole and tree before landing in a ditch.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

The man who was killed in a fatal stabbing in Great Yarmouth has been named.

Read more
Norwich Magistrates Court
Yesterday, 13:37

A man has been arrested on suspicion of multiple driving offences including drink driving in Great Yarmouth.

Read more

Portraits and silhouettes of soldiers, nurses and munitions workers lined two Norfolk beaches as part of a Remembrance Day tribute by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

Read more
Remembrance Day 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Breydon Bridge on the A47 was closed in both directions after two cars crashed.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 7°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy