Commons speaker in turbine protest

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It was people power versus wind power on Saturday as villagers marched in protest over plans to build four giant wind turbines on their doorsteps.

Residents from Newton Longville, Mursley and Drayton Parslow were joined by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who is president of the Stop Salden Turbines group.

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The group is objecting to plans from North Bucks Wind energy to erect an anemometer between the three villages on land at Salden.

This is the first step in the project to build four 413ft tall industrial wind turbines.

The site once housed Salden House, the 17th century home of Queen Elizabeth I’s chancellor Sir John Fortescue.

Protesters say it is an historic area of natural beauty and a haven for wildlife, walkers, ornithologists and horse riders.

They say the turbines will be visible for miles and form a blot on the landscape as well as a noise nuisance.

Saturday’s protest march started from Drayton Parslow and covered the Salden site.

Mr Bercow, who is MP for Buckingham, addressed the protesters. He repeated his opposition to onshore wind farms in general and specifically at Salden.

North Bucks Energy, though a small company in itself, is a subsidiary to the national West coast energy company.

It recently won permission from Aylesbury Vale district Council to build the anemometer mast.