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Residents angered by windfarm comments

RESIDENTS of Denby Dale and surrounding villages were astonished to read the statements by Caroline Lucas Euro-MP about wind energy. She seems to be one of a dwindling number still under the misapprehension that wind turbines are in any way "green".

No doubt her colleagues in the European Parliament could tell her of the disaster that wind energy has been for Germany and Denmark. Surely she does not advocate that we repeat their mistakes.

Kirklees is developing an excellent energy strategy with small-scale technologies and conservation measures fitted to its predominantly "domestic" character.

Nowhere is there mention of any intention to scatter giant industrial machines among its fast-growing village populations.
The strange reference by Ms Lucas to noise complaints seems to ignore the fact that noise travels outwards, not down. Constant disturbance is typically experienced several hundred metres away from a turbine, rather than directly beneath it.

Anyway, unlike those proposed for Pool Hill, sensibly sited turbines should be well out of noise range to residents.

Her reference to some kind of imagined "choice" between wind and nuclear power is worthy of the simplistic propaganda employed by interested parties a decade ago.

Thankfully, the debate has moved on and the public is becoming increasingly aware of the true... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
No doubt her colleagues in the European Parliament could tell her of the disaster that wind energy has been for Germany and Denmark. Surely she does not advocate that we repeat their mistakes.

Kirklees is developing an excellent energy strategy with small-scale technologies and conservation measures fitted to its predominantly "domestic" character.

Nowhere is there mention of any intention to scatter giant industrial machines among its fast-growing village populations.
The strange reference by Ms Lucas to noise complaints seems to ignore the fact that noise travels outwards, not down. Constant disturbance is typically experienced several hundred metres away from a turbine, rather than directly beneath it.

Anyway, unlike those proposed for Pool Hill, sensibly sited turbines should be well out of noise range to residents.

Her reference to some kind of imagined "choice" between wind and nuclear power is worthy of the simplistic propaganda employed by interested parties a decade ago.

Thankfully, the debate has moved on and the public is becoming increasingly aware of the true nature of wind technology and of its enormous inadequacies.

She must know that the driving force behind the current "rush to wind" is the generous package of subsidies and tax breaks on offer. In difficult times for the farming community it is understandable that this would seem very tempting.

Many sites will be remote from people and perfectly suitable for turbines but many, as at Pool Hill will be totally inappropriate.

Mr H Buckley of Dry Hill Farm, Denby Dale and his family company have applied for planning permission to erect two of the largest turbines in the UK (410ft) on the site at Pool Hill, just 400 metres from people's homes and 50 metres from roads and footpaths.

Alpha Wind Energy ApS, a Danish company, was employed by him to monitor wind.

RAW (Residents Against Windfarm) would like to extend to Ms Lucas and any Kirklees councillors who are members of her party an open invitation to visit our homes and the area surrounding the proposed site to see for themselves the folly of this particular proposal.

We can supply up-to-date research documents as well as reports specific to the Pool Hill proposal in relation to high and low frequency noise, visual obtrusion, public danger and mining.

Examples of turbine failure are numerous and well documented. The latest UK incident in which a turbine burned and threw off its blades occurred near Sunderland and was reported in the Examiner recently. This is one reason why all planning guidance suggests substantial separation between turbines and populated areas.

Kirklees Planning Department accept objections to the Pool Hill application 2005/62/93609/E3 until the planning committee meeting (date still to be verified).

Source: http://ichuddersfield.icnet...

JAN 20 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/1026-residents-angered-by-windfarm-comments
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