TEN wind turbines more than twice the height of Nelson's Column are set to appear on the horizon for Mersea residents.

A planning inspector has given the go-ahead for the wind farm at Bradwell, across the Blackwater Estuary from West Mersea.

Town mayor Peter Clements said the decision raised the prospect of islanders looking out on “nothing but power stations”, with Bradwell a recommended site for one of the new generation of nuclear power stations currently being proposed by the Government.

The application from NPower Renewables had been refused by Maldon Council, but planning inspector Robert Mellor over-turned that decision after a public enquiry.