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Sleeping in jeep to block wind farm access

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Sleeping in jeep to block wind farm access thumbnailSome of the residents living in the vicinity of the Meenwaun wind farm, who protested at an open day at the wind farm last Sunday.

A man has spent the last number of days in his jeep preventing cranes from entering the Meenwaun Wind farm, outside Banagher.

Local residents told the Tribune the man is a local stakeholder and he blocked access to the site for the cranes being used to construct the wind turbines as part of the Meenwaun Windfarm by parking his jeep at the site over the weekend. "He has been sleeping in his jeep since Saturday so they can't move it," they said.

The windfarm is owned and operated by Storm in conjunction with Element Power and two of the four turbines are already constructed. The site is expected to be operational by the end of Autumn 2017 with each turbine to have a tip height of 169 metres.

It's understood the reason for the blockade relates to the stakeholder not giving permission to the wind farm developer to use his right of way, which the windfarm developer requires to get to the construction site for the remaining two turbines. Meanwhile, the Tribune had made attempts to contact both the stakeholder and Storm to seek clarification on the matter but there was no comment for either parties at the time of going to print.

Last Sunday a group of local residents, living in the vicinity of the Meenwaun wind farm, gathered together to protest at an open day at the windfarm.

The residents stood at the wind farm all day with placards to raise awareness for visitors to the open day that 'their lives have been ruined by the imposition of these turbines beside them".

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