As part of the push for developing renewable energy, where there are many government-backed subsidies, wind turbines have been appearing on the historic landscape of the UK in increasing numbers. Not necessarily in 'farms' but in single figure numbers, multiplying their impact on the areas that they are planted in. It does not seem to necessarily be about trying to find the most effective sites locally and then building 'a farm' either.
Slindon was threatened with one such development.
However the local residents - 95% of whom were against this development - worked tirelessly to create a 1,600 name petition against the development, which was presented by one of the ward members, Jeremy Pert, to Stafford Borough Council's Mayor in main Council in July 2012.
Save our Skyline - Slindon
A 1,600 signature petition against the threat of installing two wind turbines on hills in Slindon - at the time it was the largest petition presented to The Mayor of Stafford Borough in ten years. Photograph protesters Mike Smith and Helen Bonsall with Councillors Frank Chapman and Jeremy Pert - July 2012
Planning Application for Two Wind Turbines
The residents held neighbourhood meetings, put up posters and banners locally, built and hosted websites, sent round hand delivered leaflets and above all researched and investigated this area, joining with campaigners from across the country.
After months of campigning, 'the planning application that never was' is something of a distant memory.
Slindon's Save Our Skyline Protest
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