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‘A petition against building Britain’s biggest solar farm on the outskirts of Faversham has reached a milestone of almost 4,000 signatures – with a decision on the controversial bid is expected in weeks.
The mammoth project would power 90,000 homes but campaigners say it will destroy wildlife and are concerned about its safety, claiming the giant lithium battery is at risk of blowing up with the ferocity of a “small nuclear bomb”.
The online campaign is against the planned vast “industrialisation” of the Graveney Marshes, which are an important haven for birds and wildlife.
The company behind the 900-acre scheme, Cleve Hill Solar Park, says the project will generate enough “clean” electricity to power more than 90,000 homes.
But now, just a few weeks before Energy Secretary Alok Sharma makes a decision on the proposal, campaigners fear it is on a “knife edge” and are urging a final push for more support for the petition.
In The Faversham Society’s latest news bulletin, they write: “We know that Cleve Hill is now being actively considered by staff in the ministry.
“Don’t delay, sign the petition and it is also important that large numbers of emails and letters of objection are received by the Secretary of State.”