Tony Hadley joins protests over 101m turbine

Tony Hadley was among the protestors
Tony Hadley was among the protestors

Aggrieved parishioners turned out in force to protest against plans for a 101.5m high wind turbine at the start of a public inquiry.

Villagers from Ford, Dinton and Upton staged a peaceful protest outside the Aylesbury Vale District Council offices this morning ahead of the launch of the six-day public inquiry into the application for a wind turbine on the outskirts of the village of Ford.

Among the crowd was local Ford resident and Spandau Ballet crooner Tony Hadley, who joined the protest and supported his fellow villagers.

The application for the 101.5m high wind turbine – which makes it taller than County Hall at 60m and London’s Big Ben at 96m – was first put in in 2012, but now it is set to go before the Secretery of State after an independent planning inspectorate recommended there be a public inquiry.

The plans show the turbine built on land in Owlswick Road, Ford, but locals have been up in arms over the potential impact on the countryside.

One said in an objection letter: “The site is inappropriate for a wind turbine as it will dominate the area’s character and appearance.

“It will stick out like a sore thumb for miles and spoil the countryside.”

Last month, The Bucks Herald published a story about the UK’s tallest wind turbine in Quarrendon Fields, which towers 149m high over land sandwiched between the Berryfields and Buckingham Park estates on the outskirts of Aylesbury.