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The Wurzels produce a new protest song

The Somerset singing legends The Wurzels have released what could be a controversial single campaigning against wind turbines.

Band founder Adge Cutler wrote lyrics poking fun at Europe more than four decades ago. On the 40th anniversary of his death, the band say they're following in his tradition.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland has been to see them.


Wind farm back on table for Bodmin

A third attempt is to be made for a wind farm on Bodmin Moor. Two previous schemes failed after opponents claimed the massive turbines would blight the area. The latest plan has been scaled down from twenty wind turbines to sixteen. A public meeting is being held in Camelford tonight.

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Wind farm protest

The London Array: a similar scheme is planned off the Devon coast Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A protest is expected to take place outside a meeting of Torridge planners tonight as they discuss a proposed wind farm of the North Devon coast. The company RWE wants to build 240 offshore turbines 10 miles from the coast.

It would generate more than 1,000 mega-watts of electricity but some local residents say it could cause lasting damage.

Wind row in the Exe Valley

People living near a Mid-Devon valley say that a wind turbine proposed for the area will be a blight on the landscape.

The structure - which would be 32 metres high, with blades reaching 45 metres - is being proposed for the outskirts of Silverton in the Exe Valley.

Farmers, Rosemary and John Short have lived here for 35 years and say if it is built, the turbine would overlook their property and be just 500 metres from their home.

The turbine itself would be positioned on a neighbouring farmer's land and energy from the turbine would go into the national grid.

Other residents say they too have concerns, that by building one turbine, a precedent will be set and the green light given to build more turbines in this area.


First wind turbine financed by public

Win turbines Credit: ITV West

More than 15 people in Gloucestershire have invested in the UK's first publically financed wind turbine.

The 500kW turbine project at Great Dunkilns farm near St Briavels in the Foret of Dean has attratced more than £330,000 in just over four weeks. Investors can earn up to eight per cent average per annum over the 20 years of the project.

Inquiry into wind turbine planning application

The inquiry into the turbine planning application is expected to last 15 days Credit: ITV Westcountry

An inquiry into a controversial planning application for nine new wind turbines in North Devon starts today. The proposed turbines at Batsworthy Cross at Knowstone will be up to 330 feet tall. A previous application met with strong local opposition and was rejected last June.