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In the Eure, wind turbines divide rural mayors


Mayors of villages bordering the Eure are torn around a wind project that still does not exist. One of the municipalities has hitched

“If a village agrees but all the municipalities around do not, at some point we will have to take our opinion into account.

“Stéphane Guérin, mayor of the small village of Tilleul-Dame-Agnès, in Eure, went from words to action just before Christmas.

On the advice of the anti-wind federation “Wind of anger!

“, he put up signs on the fences of houses near the entrances and exits of his commune.

"With the agreement of the owners", he specifies, in order to "let all the inhabitants of the town and passers-by know" that his village opposes a potential wind project nearby.

“Residents and landscape sacrificed by Louversey”, “Houses to sell off because of wind turbines”, “Wind farm near our villages = living conditions at a discount”, can we read in particular on the signs.

The angry mayor refers to the interest of a wind developer for an area of ​​the village of Louversey, bordering Tilleul-Dame-Agnès.

The site in question, located north of the town of Louversey, is surrounded by Tilleul-Dame-Agnès and two other villages whose mayors are also opposed to the idea of ​​wind turbines.

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Even if the project is only at a “reflection” phase and could very well “stop dead”, several marl pits being identified on the territory, Christophe Capelle, the mayor of Louversey, does not hide being favorable to this facility.

"Because we have to do something for the future of our children, that I prefer that we use the living rather than polluting", explains the one who claims to have been approached for the first time by a promoter 7 or 8 years, for a project rejected at the time by the municipal council.

"If a village agrees but all the others don't want it, we will have to take our opinion into account"

Stéphane Guérin, mayor of Tilleul-Dame-Agnès (Eure)

As is often the case in this kind of business, the opponents denounce a lack of communication from the town hall concerned.

“We realized that some residents were not even aware, so we circulated letters from the three opposing mayors in the mailboxes and launched a petition to say that we are against the arrival of wind turbines near small rural villages,” argues Stéphane Guérin.

"It's not true," replies Christophe Capelle.

“I very quickly mentioned it in my newsletter and should I communicate about something that does not yet exist?

I was told:

why don't you go see the owners on site

, but I'm not here to defend the interests of certain people.

I defend the interests of my village.


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In fact, nothing is decided.

The city council of Louversey has not yet decided.

The mayor has created a working group including councilors and residents of his municipality, including “1/3 in favor of the project, 1/3 unfavorable and 1/3 undecided”.

"Each member of this group will deliver their report to the municipal council", explains Christophe Capelle.

No voting date has yet been set but it is the prefecture that will make the final decision anyway.

Source: leparis

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