Birstall turbine will be twice as tall as this!

Issue 411

BOSSES at a pet food factory in Birstall have hit back at residents who claim a planned wind turbine would blight their lives.

The Press reported last week that Mars Complementary Petcare in Oakwell Way hopes to build a 126.5m tall wind turbine. The Blackpool Tower is 156 metres high.

The towering structure would be taller than the 32storey Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds.

People living in nearby Fieldhead Estate, Dark Lane and Raikes Lane submitted objections to Kirklees Council in a bid to block the plan.

They have won backing from Birstalls three councillors over claims it will be noisy, a blot on the landscape and too close to peoples homes.

But bosses at the factory, who hope the turbine will cut the plants carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes per year, say the objections are news to them.

A spokesman said: Some 500 local residents were invited to an exhibition of the proposed turbine hosted by Mars and no major issues were raised.

The noise levels have been assessed independently. It will be below the current daytime background noise levels and will not be detrimental.

Well designed turbines can be quiet enough to cause no disturbance to people living even just a few hundred metres away. We have met all the required regulatory assessments but we are still in consultation and would welcome any further feedback.

The spokesman added 20 per cent of the turbines energy would go to the national grid to provide green energy for businesses and homes.

The turbine, if it gains planning permission, would be built by Wind Direct, a firm which has manufacturing plants in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria and Wales.

Mars employs 200 people at its Birstall site making pet food brands including Pedigree dog food and Aquarian fish feed.

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