RESIDENTS in Birdsedge have vowed to fight on to stop wind turbines going up close to the village.

They made their vow after public meetings in the village by the developers behind the scheme.

Windfarm developers Pure Renewable Energies (PRE) and their surveyors Parsons Brinkerhoff mounted an exhibition at Birdsedge Church schoolroom for The Dearne Head Windfarm project.

But they failed to satisfy many objectors, who have backed a protest group called BOLT, the Birdsedge and District Opposition to Large Turbines.

Residents insist that European guidelines recommend that turbines should not be sited closer than two kilometres to housing are for a reason.

The PRE plan would see turbines built within 500 metres of the village centre, community hall, church and school.

Residents say the four turbines are too close to the village and are also too big.

The planned turbines would have a blade tip height of 120 metres – compared with Blackpool Tower which is 158 metres high.

They also fear the noise will be an issue, although PRE deny there will be problems and have offered to slow the turbines or stop them to reduce noise at specific times, such as when people are sleeping.

“It’s a poor show,” said village resident Jacey Bedford.

“This is supposed to be a public consultation, but PRE’s understanding of the term is very different from mine.

“I asked them the direct question: If all the villagers say they don’t want the windfarm, will you go away and leave us alone? They said no.

“In other words, their take on public consultation is more like: ‘We’re going to show you our plans for your village and your views will not be taken into account’.

“We’re very worried. There were lots of quietly angry people there at the exhibition and I heard no residents speak up for the windfarm project, but many spoke up against.

“Residents are definitely going to fight this windfarm development when it comes before the Kirklees planners. If European guidelines stipulate a two kilometre stand-off from housing it’s for a reason.”

The actual planning application for the windfarm won’t be presented to Kirklees until April, but PRE have been consulting with the planning office.

PRE spokesman Adrian Millar insisted the EU 2km rule did not apply in the UK and Kirklees’ guidance of ten times the rotor diameter was not a set rule.

The company has also erected noise monitors around a test site and are constantly checking levels.

He said: “We are taking into account noise and light flicker issues and we think we’ve put together an appropriate scale application for the area.”