SIEGE admits to lying to the public live on air

At the Wind Farm Debate broadcast live on Saint FM last night, SIEGE campaigners admitted lying to the public in their campaign to prevent a wind farm being developed at Middlewick on the Dengie peninsula.

SIEGE's inaccurate photo depicting wind turbines towering over Southminster

Scaremongering photo from the SIEGE website showing wind turbines towering over Southminster High Street. It is captioned on their site as being an "Accurate scale Illustration of the view of the Turbines from Southminster High St."

A member of the audience – Denis Walker, co-ordinator of South East Essex Friends of the Earth – asked the following question of SIEGE:

“If your case is as strong as you make out, why do you lie about the way you present your information? On the front page of your website, you have a photo which has been photoshopped to put wind turbines in it and they are towering Godzilla-like over Southminster High Street. Ridgewind’s version of that photo shows that none of them will in fact be visible at all.”

Pip Thorogood replied that at the time they distributed a leaflet with the image on it, they believed it to be correct. He went on to say that the organisation now knows it not to be correct. However, at the time of publication, the image is still present on the front page of the SIEGE website with the caption “Accurate scale Illustration of the view of the Turbines from Southminster High St.”

A recording of this exchange is now available.

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