Schools set to harness wind power

HERE'S an idea to blow you away.Two Ipswich schools which are joining forces are hoping to install wind turbines to help generate energy for the site.

HERE'S an idea to blow you away.

Two Ipswich schools which are joining forces are hoping to install wind turbines to help generate energy for the site.

Thomas Wolsey School will move into the Thurleston High School site at the start of 2009 and as part of work going on at the Defoe Road location permission is being sought for the power generators to be installed.

If given the go-ahead, the schools hope to put two 12 metre high turbines on the edge of the site by Thurleston Lane.

The small-scale turbines will be attached to thin poles and will be located around 150 metres away from the nearest neighbours.

In a year it is hoped the turbines will generate the same amount of energy needed to power two average households.

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Andrew Dotchin, school governor and reverend of St Mary and St Botolph Church in Whitton Church Lane, said: “We have a duty of care to the environment to install these turbines.

“Not only will they generate power but they will act as a symbol to the pupils about solar power.

“They can be used as an educational reminder of the need to reduce carbon emissions.”

Whitton councillor Stephen Wells said: “There are always going to be some who support projects like this and some who are against it.

“But if we are going to have a future for our children we are going to have to make sacrifices.

“Of course we have to be sympathetic to those living nearby and ensure the noise isn't too loud and the view too overwhelming but I don't think this will be the case here.”

It is thought Ipswich Borough Council will make a decision by the end of May as to whether the turbines can be installed.

Do you think the wind turbines are a good idea? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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