We have had over 2,800 local people send emails or write to their local council supporting our plans for a community owned wind farm. Its a great achievement, and we think we are one of the most supported pre-planning wind farms in the UK.
As a community group, it is important we engage with the local communities that will be living close to our projects. So we decided to put together a map of where our supporters live to find out if we are doing that.
The results are impressive; around 70% of our supporters all live within 12.5 miles of the wind farm; with a large number living in local villages such as Overton, Sutton Scotney, Whitchurch and Wonston.
Martin Heath, one of our Directors says “We have been overwhelmed by the level of support local people have given us. When we started out we thought 500 letters of support would be a major achievement. To get nearly 3,000 really shows the depth of support there is for community renewable energy in Hampshire”.
We analysed all 2,845 individual responses. 2,430 people included a postcode with 2,141 supporters (88%) living in Hampshire and 1,627 (68%) living within 12.5 miles (20kms) of the site.
Global warming, fossil fuel dependence and fuel price rises are national issues so there in no surprise that there were a further 289 (12%) signatures coming from as far apart as Wiltshire, Berkshire and Northern Ireland.
The results of our petition show that the local community in and around Bullington Cross want a wind farm and they want it to be community owned.
Of course, we hope that the councillors from Winchester, Basingstoke and Deane, and Test Valley will take note of the massive level of support when they meet to decide the future of the project on June 16th at the Winchester Guildhall.
It’s not too late to influence their decision. Write to your councillor to tell them you want a wind farm. Also come along to the planning decision on the 16th and support your community wind farm, in a gathering outside the guild hall in Winchester.