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Windfarm Action Group TAG Fly Blimp To Show Scale Of Turbine Development

Author: James Rudd Published: 19th February 2012 12:29

Members of Tove Action Group (TAG) ready their blimp to fly in the Tove Valley, in the back ground Stoke Park Pavillions.Members of Tove Action Group (TAG) ready their blimp to fly in the Tove Valley, in the back ground Stoke Park Pavillions.

Tove Action Group (TAG) which is opposing the proposed wind farm between Alderton and Towcester Racecourse has today stepped up its campaign with the first flight of a large blimp.  The orange balloon is being flown at the height of the wind turbines that would be built on the site. 

A spokesperson for TAG said today:
“The point of this is to raise people’s awareness of the scale of the wind turbines.  These are enormous structures – the masts are 80 metres tall and the overall height to the tip of the blade is 125 metres – that is 410 feet.  By flying the blimp at this height people will have a much clearer visual impression of how colossal these industrial turbines really are, and the blimp just represents one of these – if the plans by Gamesa go ahead there could be 8 turbines across the valley.”

Over the coming weeks TAG will be flying the blimp at a number of locations around the proposed site to simulate the location of the 8 turbines.

A resident of Alderton commented:
“I had heard about the possibility of the wind farm but I am really shocked by how tall they would be!  Seeing the blimp flying over the village really makes you realise how we would be completely dwarfed by this wind farm.”

For more information see the TAG website http://www.toveactiongroup.org

 See more pictures from the launch of the blimp this morning.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

The pictures can also been see on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/towcesternews/sets/72157629383519753/

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At 15:18 on 19th February 2012, skyship007 commented:
To use correct terminology it is an aerostat, not a blimp. An aerostat is a balloon on a winched cable that has fins for stability and no engines, they were called barage balloons in WW2.
If you are in need of a Helium sniffing laugh, try my Gasbags lighter than air comedy web site: www.hybridblimp.net
James Rudd
At 17:17 on 19th February 2012, James Rudd responded:
No point straining to see the blimp from the A5 on Monday, blimp was brought back to earth at about 4 pm on Sunday afternoon.

There will be more flights from different locations, keep your eyes on aboutmyarea/nn12 and we'll keep you posted

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