Giant turbine arrives

First wind turbine in place at Marr
First wind turbine in place at Marr
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IT is the latest 125 metre tall landmark to arrive in the Doncaster countryside.

Developers Banks Group have finally completed building the first of four wind turbines which will be a feature on the horizon between Marr and Barnburgh, near the A1 (M).

The first turbine was put in place by a giant crane after strong winds which delayed the operation finally dropped.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, says: “We’re obviously very pleased with the progress of construction of Marr Wind Farm and the first turbine is now in place.

“The remaining three turbines will be in place over the next few weeks, subject to suitable weather.

“We remain on schedule to have the scheme connected to the National Grid and generating renewable energy by early 2012.”

The scheme met opposition from residents when it was first proposed five years ago, with 1,200 people writing to Doncaster Council to object because of concerns over issues including noise and its impact on the landscape.

But David Packham, chairman of Barnburgh and Harlington Parish Council, said he believed a lot of the concerns had now subsided.

He is a member of a liaison group set up between Banks and residents.

He said: “I think time has passed now since the original planning application. I think people have become accustomed to the turbines, and I think the perception of the need for renewable energy has changed.”

He added that Banks had acted suggestions from the liaison group.