Villagers head to the polls to have their say on proposed solar farm

Library image.
Library image.

The community of Harrold are due to turn out today (Thursday) to have their say on plans for a solar farm.

A village referendum has been called so that residents can vote for or against the controversial plan, which has received both fierce support and opposition.

The vote will decide how the parish council responds to the planning application for the solar farm on the outskirts of the village.

Their view will be taken into consideration when Bedford Borough Council’s planning committee meet to make a decision on whether the project can go ahead.

The poll, which will cost Harrold taxpayers £1,200, has been welcomed by both those for and against the plan.

If given the green light, around 19,000 solar panels will be installed on farmland to the north of the village and supporters claim it will generate an income that will be ploughed back into community projects.