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COMMUNITY OWNED WIND FARM

Plans for one of Britain's first community owned wind farms in Cornwall have run into some local opposition although the scheme's promoters claim to have the majority of the local population on their side. The Environment Trust has applied to build ten 500 kW Nordtank turbines at Fraddam near Hayle. If the scheme gets approval it would be owned by the Hayle Energy Trust -- a charitable trust that would be set up specifically to operate it. The income generated would be used to draught-proof all 3000 homes in the Hayle district. Another aim of the trust -- which would have a board of directors from the local community -- would be to promote energy efficiency in the area. "It would be linking energy consumption and production," says Jon Aldenton from the London based Environment Trust. He claims that opponents to the scheme are nearly all incomers to the area, while most of the residents in the town of Hayle are strongly in favour. He stresses the Environment Trust is not a wind farm developer. It was set up in 1979 to improve the environment in London's East End. Since then it has carried out hundreds of schemes of environmental improvement both in the East End and further afield as well as environmental education programmes.

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