Sixty protesters at Osgodby solar farm meeting

Roger Higginbotham and Jo Morris-Turner are ready for a fight against plans for a solar development.
Roger Higginbotham and Jo Morris-Turner are ready for a fight against plans for a solar development.

A group of 60 protesters attended a meeting with a developer which wants to set up a solar farm at Osgodby which, if given permission, will cover an area equivalent to 128 football pitches, or up to 245 acres.

Josephine Morris-Turner, chairman of Lenton with Keisby, Osgodby and Hanby Parish Council, said she was pleased with the tunrout at the meeting held in Ingoldsby Village Hall last Wednesday.

But she added: “We are of the impression that little we said will, in the end, resonate with Laurence Associates or PS Renewables. The trouble with a corporate approach to contentious developments is that the people running them become so engrossed in the projects that they lose sight of the very important consequences, when the unswerving determination to foist something unpopular on a community and its neighbours fails to consider the very real human element.”

A second meeting has also been arranged to take place in Lenton church on Wednesday, June 10.

Mrs Morris-Turner, who set up opposition group SCORCHIO with Roger Higginbotham, said PS Renewables’ proposed solar farm was on a “breathtakingly large scale”. She said: “Rather than dealing with the public in ones or twos at their pretty billboard displays, the two representatives from Laurence Associates and three from PS Renewables were marshalled to stand before us and answer questions from the 60-plus crowd, many of whom were holding signs which we had designed many months ago and which were also lining the verges and properties on the approach to the hall.

“The representatives were uncomfortable but the people were determined to ask serious questions of them.”