Wind turbine likely to be at Ravenswood

RAVENSWOOD could get all its electricity from wind power if a massive new turbine is built towering over the new community.The wind plant could provide enough power for the 1,200 homes and dozens of businesses that will be on Ravenswood once it is complete.

RAVENSWOOD could get all its electricity from wind power if a massive new turbine is built towering over the new community.

The wind plant could provide enough power for the 1,200 homes and dozens of businesses that will be on Ravenswood once it is complete.

And Ipswich could eventually get a second wind turbine on the other side of the town, near the Bury Road park and ride site.

The Evening Star can reveal today that sites at Thorington Hall and Sproughton are unlikely to get turbines because of doubts about how effective they might be there.

But it could still be several years before the entrance to Ipswich is dominated by a huge landmark wind turbine that will dominate the view for miles around.

The star understands that many officials in Civic Centre are very enthusiastic about the idea of a turbine overlooking the A14 and the Ravenswood estate.

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They feel it would be a much better - and more practical - landmark for the area than many of the ideas currently being considered by the East of England Development Agency.

But they acknowledge there could be opposition from some people - although wind turbines are considered to be one of the best ways of generating green electricity.

Planners believe that even if everything went as fast as possible, the soonest a wind turbine could be up and running would be 2011.

Before it could be installed there would have to be planning issues sorted out, an environmental assessment and other red tape to be overcome.

There would almost certainly be objections from some local residents - although many others would be likely to welcome the turbine's construction.

The turbine at Ravenswood would be on a similar scale to that at Ness Point in Lowestoft, which generates enough power to supply 1,500 homes.

And if the Ravenswood turbine is successful, supporters may look to the other side of the town for a second site.

They believe another turbine near Asda or the park and ride site might provide enough power for many businesses and homes in the area.

And two turbines on either side of the town would mark Ipswich out as one of the greenest communities in the country.

N Are you affected by the proposals for a wind turbine? Write in with your views to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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