In focus: new wind turbines in Eye

New wind turbines in Eye
New wind turbines in Eye

They have been the talk of towns and villages across the Diss Express area all week.

And these pictures show why the two new 130-metre wind turbines in Eye tower above everything else on the conversational agenda.

New wind turbines in Eye

New wind turbines in Eye

Construction work began at Eye Airfield last week, with the second turbine going up a few days ago.

Clearly visible on the flat East Anglian landscape from several miles away, the structures have divided opinion.

They are each nearly twice as high as Suffolk’s tallest building, The Mill in Ipswich.

They are also taller than St Paul’s Cathedral and the ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower built for last summer’s Olympic Games.

As the photographs show, the turbines are thin and white, the aim being to limit their visual intrusion.

The turbines’ cloud-grasping height dwarfs the surrounding industrial buildings, including the poultry processing plant to the bottom right of the lower picture.

Built for the Roy Humphrey Group, they are due to begin turning within the next month.

The turbines were recommended for refusal by Eye Town Council last year, but the application nonetheless received planning permission from Mid Suffolk District Council.

Carl Humphrey, a spokesman for the Roy Humphrey Group, said thousands of homes and businesses would benefit from the turbines.

It is claimed they will generate enough electricity to power about 3,000 homes.

The turbines could soon be joined in the area by two more 130-metre wind turbines, with Wind Power Renewables having received planning permission for such a scheme last year.

For reaction to the turbines, see page 9.