October 20 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
One of the newest additions to Norfolk’s skyline is taking shape at a former airfield, where two giant wind turbines are under construction.
These aerial photographs show the scene at Weston Longville, near Lenwade, where poultry firm Bernard Matthews is building the 125m structures.
As the turkeys watch, a towering crane has been lifting the pieces into place.
Meanwhile, more huge components arrived yesterday on an “abnormal load” convoy which was escorted by police along the A47 from Great Yarmouth.
George Youngs, green energy commercial manager at Bernard Matthews, said: “Construction of the two turbines at our Weston site is well under way and we are delighted with the progress so far.
“We hope to have the project completed in the next few weeks, when it will become the first of our fully-functioning large wind energy sites.
“Wind energy is an important part of the business’s energy generation, and in conjunction with solar, biomass and anaerobic digestion, is key to the delivery of our ongoing green strategy.”
Bernard Matthews’ original application for the controversial turbines was initially refused by Broadland District Council amid local objections about the scale of the turbines and their potential impact on the surrounding landscape – but a government inspector overturned the decision in February 2012 following an 11th-hour appeal.
One of East Anglia’s largest crane hire companies, Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd, has been bought out in a multi-million pound deal, with the new owner promising to safeguard the jobs for its 125 employees and guaranteeing future investment.