Turbine plan: Have your say

DEVELOPERS behind a wind farm in Hunmanby have reiterated a drive to work with residents despite major unrest at the plans.

Banks Renewables, who plan to build up to 14 wind turbines south west of the village, have set up a community panel to allow concerned locals the chance to voice their opinion.

Around 40 people attended the first meeting at Hunmanby Playing Fields Association last month, which brought heated confrontations from worried residents over the potential impact of the wind farm.

However, bosses from Banks have said they are committed to maintaining an independently-chaired community panel to meet regularly and inform residents, with a second meeting planned for next month.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “We’re pleased with both the number of people who attended the first meeting, and the levels of engagement that we’ve managed to generate, with universal agreement that further meetings should be held.

“However, there’s clearly room for more local residents and community representatives to get involved, whatever their views of the South Dale scheme.

“Having the meetings chaired by an independent facilitator means people can express their views without feeling that they will be prevented from speaking.

“The community panel will provide a valuable forum for discussing the key issues surrounding our proposals.”

Anyone interested in attending the next meeting should contact Rachel Dowson on 0844 264 4508.

Alternatively, residents can email southdale@banksgroup.co.uk.