Giant wind turbines nearer for Ipswich

PLANS to build four colossal wind turbines at three sites in Ipswich have moved a step closer.

Anthony Bond

PLANS to build four colossal wind turbines at three sites in Ipswich have moved a step closer.

The borough council agreed this week to go to the market and secure a developer keen to build the turbines.

At a total cost of up to �6m, the giant structures will stand at key entrances to Ipswich on the A12 and A14.

Dr Matthew Ling, head of environmental services for the council, said it was great news.

“I think it is fantastic,” he said. “It is a real demonstration of leadership by Ipswich Borough Council of its commitment to renewable energy and fighting climate change. I think it is a really positive contribution.

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“I hope that people see it as a positive thing, bearing in mind that any development would go through a public consultation but people should be proud that we are taking the lead on renewable energy and helping towards combating climate change.”

Two of the 125m structures - which dwarf Big Ben and can fit a Boeing 747 plane within the diameter of the rotor blades - have been earmarked for land around Thorrington Hall, Belstead.

A further 125m turbine is planned for the Ravenswood area of Ipswich near the Shell garage on the A14 while a smaller 61.5m turbine is planned for the Bury Road park and ride site.

Dr Ling said the turbines were part of Ipswich's bid to help in the fight against climate change.

“It is important for Ipswich because we know that we need a mix of energy supplies and in terms of climate change we know that there are real problems on the horizon and this is one way of contributing to doing our bit,” he said.

The council will go to the market and invite bids from developers this month and in May.

If planning permission is granted, it is thought that construction will begin in 2013/14 with the turbines operating by 2014.

What do you think of the plans? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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