Public meeting later to discuss south Longford windfarm project

A public meeting will be held in Lanesboro tonight about the controversial wind farm proposed for south Longford.

The event is being organised by a local group that’s completely opposed to the 28-turbine development.

 

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Bord na Móna intends lodging a planning application this summer to build 28 wind turbines across cutaway peatlands on Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Barrow.

Some residents oppose the project and a lobby group called Derryadd Wind-Farm Group has organised public meeting to take place at 7 o’clock tonight in the Lough Ree Community Building.

Wesley Jordan is a spokesman for the group.

Meanwhile, local Independent councillor Mark Casey is asking Longford County Council to extend the distance in which wind turbines can be built from houses.

At the next council meeting on May 10th, he will have a motion calling for a new setback distance of ten times the height of a wind turbine from ‘human habitation’.

That would mean if a turbine is 100-metres high, the setback distance would be 1,000.

At present, there’s a standard guideline of 500 metres.