Articles filed under Safety from Europe

Wind farm inquiry halted

A public inquiry in to the future of a controversial wind farm has been dramatically halted. The move follows claims by Prestwick Airport that developer AMEC was warned more than four years ago that their massive wind turbines could compromise air safety in the skies above Ayrshire. Airport chiefs allege that the power company made no attempt to find a solution and ploughed on with their planning application to East Ayrshire Council regardless. Last minute attempts by AMEC to retrieve the situation, including the offer of a new radar system, were knocked back by airport bosses, who insist that it will not solve the problem. The inquiry into the plan to build 85 huge 400ft turbines in the Kyle Forest at Dalmellington has been adjourned until June to allow further time for AMEC to convince the airport that they can build turbines without compromising safety. A spokesman for Prestwick Airport told the inquiry: "It is about the most unsafe place for a wind farm that it would be possible to conceive." The spokesman added: "AMEC's persistence regardless has involved us and the general public in huge expense and time, and we will be seeking recovery of expenses from AMEC." The wind farm application has attracted 4600 letters of objection and has been turned down twice by East Ayrshire Council.
21 Mar 2007

Wind farm plan ditched over plane crash fears

A wind farm plan has been scrapped because of fears about plane crashes. Developer SLP Energy had proposed putting up three turbines on land between Rampside Road and the gas terminal. The company, based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, said the wind farm would produce clean, economic renewable energy and offset the emission of a "significant quantity of pollutants," particularly carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere for the next 25 years. But many Rampside residents were furious about the project. The main reasons for people objecting were concerns about noise pollution, the destruction of the landscape and its impact on quality of life.
14 Mar 2007

Turbulent ride for turbine bid - Airport objection could affect entire county

ONE man's plans to erect a micro wind turbine in the Bathgate Hills has resulted in a dispute that could affect all of West Lothian. Kenneth Robertson, of the Quarter, Drumcross, has seen his proposal for a nine-metre (nearly 30 feet) turbine come up against objections from the British Airport Authority and National Air Traffic Services. They're against the turbine on the grounds that it may interfere with radar equipment from aeroplanes at Edinburgh Airport.
13 Mar 2007

‘400ft-high wind turbines could cause a low-fly RAF tragedy’

More than 600 people have objected to plans to build a windfarm at Hellrigg near Silloth. NPower applied again in January for a windfarm at Park Head Farm, as it is also known, which was refused two years ago. The four turbines planned would stand 121m high and would cost around £10 million. Eighty-five people attended a meeting arranged by Holme Low parish council on February 26 at the Golf Hotel in Silloth, with all but one declaring themselves against the plans.
10 Mar 2007

Radar problem blocks turbines

An application by Merck Sharp and Dohme Ltd to build the turbines was refused by members at Blyth Valley Council's development control panel. Members argued the plan, which proposed two 130m high turbines to be placed in Windmill Industrial Estate, Shotton Lane, Cramlington, would be misread on airport radars as aircraft. Concerns were also raised about the effect on Brizlee Wood air defence radar where, if granted permission, the turbines would have been placed 36km from.
12 Feb 2007

Flight fears block plans to cut bills

Two drugs companies in Northumberland have failed in their bids to cut energy bills by installing wind turbines - because of safety fears at Newcastle Airport. Aesica Pharmaceuticals and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) - near-neighbours on the outskirts of Cramlington - both applied for permission to put up two turbines next to their plants to halve their electricity bills and help safeguard jobs.
1 Feb 2007

Windfarm fears for fishermen

A windfarm three miles off Fleetwood will be a major hazard for trawlermen, an industry leader has warned. Environmental concerns have led to the plan for the windfarm being shifted from a spot five miles off Blackpool to just three miles off Fleetwood. Consisting of up to 90 turbines, it would interfere with a traditional fishing ground and could also be a hazard for men trying to navigate in small inshore fishing boats, it was claimed today. Chairman of Fleetwood Fishermen’s Association Steve Welsh said: “One of our main concerns is the safety aspect because if there was a breakdown and someone drifted in there I don’t know what would happen because helicopter access is restricted.
19 Jan 2007

Inquiry hears of wind farm threat to airport

The future of Robin Hood Airport and Hatfield Colliery could be threatened if controversial plans for a wind farm near Thorne get the go ahead, a public inquiry heard this week. The comments came from the principal officer of minerals and waste at Doncaster Council who also warned that the plans for 22 80-metre high turbines at Tween Bridge could adversely affect the international designated environmental site of Thorne Moor.
19 Jan 2007

Windfarm Flights Fear

A SCOTTISH airport want to block plans for a windfarm -because the turbines will look like planes on their radar. National Air Traffic Services say the 400ft structures' blades and towers would cause chaos, as they reflect radar signals and make them look like moving planes.
18 Jan 2007

Fears wind farm will disrupt flights

Plans to build a vast wind farm in East Ayrshire have hit a major stumbling block with claims it would cause chaos in Scotland’s skies. The National Air Traffic Services claim engineering giant AMEC’s proposed site in Dalmellington would disrupt hundreds of flights to and from Scotland every week. NATS, which controls air traffic at 15 of the UK’s biggest airports, say the turbines would interfere with their radar equipment.
15 Jan 2007

£75m windfarm shuts down for repair

As the country continues to be battered by tornadoes and gale force winds, one of Norfolk’s biggest wind farms has been taken out of action again after a workman received an electric shock at the site. While 70mph winds swept across the county, the 30-turbine Scroby Sands wind farm, built off Great Yarmouth’s coast, is still paralysed by the power failure. The wind farm’s owners, E.ON UK, said the station was taken off line a few days after the accident to the worker. A spokesman for the company said: “He was working on a part of the cable that was dead and got a flash burn.”
9 Dec 2006

Wind turbine ‘aircraft threat’

Aircraft could be put in danger by a giant wind turbine set to be built near Sheffield airport, it was claimed today. Worried aviation bosses fear the 270ft high structure, with 90ft blades, could potentially lead to a disaster near Sheffield Parkway. Peel Airports says the turbine, near the approach funnel for the runway, would “constitute a serious obstacle to the safe operation of aircraft”.
27 Nov 2006

Wind turbine decision delayed further

Innovative proposals to install wind turbines in Cramlington face growing opposition from Newcastle Airport. Blyth Valley Council is considering a second planning application from Aesica Pharmaceuticals to put up the two turbines at its plant in Shotton Lane. Although councillors are keen to bring renewable energy sources into the borough and uphold its recognition as a Centre of Excellence, they are concerned about the airport’s objections that the turbines could jeopardise safety by effecting radar systems.
16 Nov 2006

Wind farm safety plea

Wind farms are on the increase, and this is seen by many as good news for the environment. However, an increasing number of riders are becoming concerned about the effects this could have on their horses. In response, the British Horse Society (BHS) has fired up its wind farm campaign. It’s keen to fly the flag for renewable energy, but wants to make sure horses and riders are not put at risk from the huge turbines.
15 Nov 2006

Windfarm plans thrown out

At a meeting on Tuesday, planning chiefs said the determined campaign by protestors from the Eakring Turbine Action Group and Bilsthorpe Residents Against Turbines played a key part in their decision. But it also emerged that objections from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) about a possible impact on radar services for civilian and military flights had been crucial in the decision to throw out the plans.
8 Nov 2006

Turbines proposals are thrown out

Plans for a wind farm in Nottinghamshire have been rejected. Developers wanted to install seven wind turbines measuring about 110ft (33.5m) high, near Eakring and Bilsthorpe. It was claimed they would provide green energy for hundreds of houses. But people living in the area said they would be a blot on the landscape. On Tuesday Newark and Sherwood Councillors unanimously rejected the scheme at a meeting attended by about 150 protesters.
7 Nov 2006

Airport says turbines could confuse radar

Aircraft safety fears could make a drugs group drop a plan to use wind power to cut energy costs and help protect 165 jobs at its Northumberland factory. Bosses at Aesica Pharmaceuticals want to erect two wind turbines next to their plant in Cramlington in an effort to cut its £407,000-a-year electricity bill by about 40%.
6 Nov 2006

Wind farms look set to go ahead - with warning lights for aircraft

Two of the 300ft turbines at a controversial wind farm to be built near Harrogate will have to carry aviation lights, planning councillors have overwhelmingly decided. Originally, there were no plans to erect warning lights on any of the eight turbines which will shortly make up the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm by Npower Renewables Ltd between Skipton Road and Penny Pot Lane at Felliscliffe. But when Npower sought planning permission to move two of the turbines because they would interfere with a British Telecom link across the site members of Harrogate Borough Council Planning voted to ensure warning lights would be erected by backing an amendment. They insisted a condition of planning must be that two turbines being re-sited would carry warning lights.
13 Oct 2006

Barge smashes into wind turbine

Vital maintenance work on Scroby Sands windfarm, off the Norfolk coast, has been interrupted after an accident involving the giant jack-up barge Sea Energy. While manoeuvring off the Yarmouth coast on Friday, one of the vessel’s huge legs, which provides a stable working platform by anchoring itself to the seabed, clipped a blade on one of the 30 turbines. Windfarm owner E.ON UK and the Health and Safety Executive immediately launched a full investigation into the incident that has put the turbine out of action. Company spokesman Jamee Majid said: “It was only a light touch but about 20cm was broken off the tip of the 40m blade.
6 Oct 2006
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