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In the blood of every Briton runs at least a little seawater. We sing of the sea, romanticise our maritime heritage and regard the beach holiday as a nationally affirming birthright. Every year we potter in our millions down to the sea with bucket, spade, snorkel, jet-ski, paperback, shark defence kit and inadequate quantities of suncream. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside; but we have a strange way of showing it. For the past 300 years or so, we have poisoned and plundered the sea; we have destroyed the seabed, killed the fish and bemired the vast oceans with our waste. We wring our hands at the pollution and devastation we have visited on the land, but because we cannot see what is happening beneath the dark waters surrounding this island we somehow assume it will mend itself...........The Bill is not simply some worthy Magna Carta for beleaguered British fish, since it also sets out clear rules for exploiting the sea by fishermen, oil prospectors, dredgers and energy farmers. The Bill will make it far easier to build and operate offshore wind farms, developments to harness wave power, and schemes for storing carbon emissions from power stations in former oilfields. So far from ducking the issue, as successive governments have done, the marine Bill aims to balance competing interests and face up to the inevitable but not insoluble conflict between exploitation and preservation. But in politics, as at sea, the weather changes quickly. The marine Bill, promised in Labour's manifesto of 2005, was expected to become law within a year, but suddenly it seems to have slipped off the political agenda. Gordon Brown did not even mention marine protection in his summer statement, and the marine Bill is not included in his planned legislative programme for next year. The Bill has been kicked into the long seaweed. It is the big one that got away, again.
TEMPERS have flared again in Marshland St James where plans for a massive wind turbine development have rocked the village. More than 100 villagers attended an extraordinary meeting of the parish council on Friday to appoint a new chairman, with the idea of being able to discuss the wind turbine development. However, the subject was unable to be discussed - because it was not on the agenda - leaving villagers incensed.
Hundreds of villagers were last night furious after a renewable power company backed out of attending a public meeting just hours before it was due to start because of safety concerns. Representatives from Lowestoft-based SLP Energy had been due to attend the meeting at Pulham St Mary Village Hall to allay residents' fears over its proposals to build seven 125 metre high wind turbines on the former Pulham airfield site. But about 24 hours before the meeting was due to take place the company announced it would not be present because it was feared the amount of people potentially attending "could compromise safety and public order".
CAMPAIGNERS against plans for a new wind farm between Bagthorpe, Barmer and Syderstone have been told of the horrific impact turbines can have on village life. A packed public meeting in Bircham Newton heard from a number of guest speakers who gave grave warnings about the health impact, noise disturbances and threat to wildlife which could stem from the five turbines earmarked for the villages. Included among the speakers was Jane Davis, of Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, who described the persistent noise problems she has faced from a wind farm near her home. She also spoke of how the value of her property has plummeted since the development was completed. Syderstone resident Reg Thompson, a member of the action group formed to oppose the plans, said: "People are very concerned about this. "There are moves being made in Europe to ban wind farms that are within two kilometres of housing and we hope that becomes legislation because every house in Syderstone falls within that radius. "People are very upset. We have seen housing deals fall through as people no longer want to move here.
More than 100 controversial developments - from airport extensions to nuclear waste dumps - could be forced through by the Government despite public opposition, it has been claimed. A proposed shake-up of planning laws will strip residents of the right to challenge wind farms, major roads or massive waste incinerators being built on their doorsteps, according to countryside campaigners. The list of projects that could be pushed through over the next few years is highlighted today on a new interactive map of Britain.
Twenty-eight of the schemes are being developed by private companies including oil company Shell, wind energy firms Hibernian Wind Power and Atlanticwest Energy and the newly formed Liffey Cable Car Company. The remaining 25 schemes so far submitted to the planning board are being developed by State agencies including Bord Gáis, Bord na Móna, the Railway Procurement Agency, the Dublin Airport Authority, the ESB and several local authorities.
A MAJOR €620m offshore wind farm is being planned for a site in the North Irish Sea and could be up and running by 2013. Revealing details of the venture yesterday, Oriel Windfarm managing director Briasn Britton said the wind farm will have capacity to generate 330 megawatts of electricity. Preparatory work on the project has been under way for several years under the terms of a Foreshore Licence granted to Oriel in 2005.
In the North-east, the Skelmonae Windfarm Action Group was formed in Methlick earlier this year. Member Mervyn Newberry, 42, a sales manager in oil and gas, said: "These monstrosities inflict untold misery on local inhabitants with their high levels of noise, shadow flicker, ruination of natural landscape, devastation of wildlife habitat and loss of housing value."
A campaign group has been launched to fight plans to build a wind farm in the centre of the Lotus test track at Hethel. It follows growing opposition to green energy company Ecotricity's plans to building three 120m high wind turbines at the site near Wymondham. The objectors include local landowners, farmers, companies and residents who fear their lives and properties will be blighted by the giant structures.
Our seas must have proper protection - now! In due course, we shall be organising signature sheets in support of this Marine Bill and hope the people of North Devon will show this new Government that we are as keen to protect creatures living in our oceans as we are to protect our local wildlife and landscapes.
Like it or not, the march of the wind turbine has reached the North-east. Today we launch a series looking at the pros and cons of these industrial turbines. There are more than 200 in the North-east and many more planned.
A Wind monitoring mast nearly the height of Big Ben could be built in Aberdeen. The company behind the city's planned offshore windfarm wants to test weather conditions on the coast. It has submitted an application to put up a 295ft (90m) mast at Tarbothill Farm a few miles north of Bridge Of Don. If it gets the go ahead from the city council, the mast will be built on open land close to the shore.
LEGAL bills that run into hundreds of thousands of pounds could put pressure on councils to back unwanted wind turbine developments, protesters fear. Tynedale Council have set aside £200,000 to pay for an inquiry that is to be held into three wind farm planning applications in the district. The council is facing the inquiry because it objected to the proposals, but objectors in other areas fear their councils may feel pressured into passing proposals because of the cost of going to an inquiry.
Hundreds of jobs and massive economic benefits could be threatened by a public inquiry into a giant windfarm on Lewis, it was claimed yesterday. A final decision concerning the proposed 53-turbine scheme at Eisgein may not be made until 2010 after news that the Scottish Executive wants to fully examine conflicts between its close proximity to a National Scenic Area (NSA) and its potential economic benefits. The executive has refused to confirm things, saying the "matter is still under consideration".
Stalled plans to build new high-efficiency wind turbines could get a jump start thanks to a new proposal to pay residents compensation if wind turbines placed near their homes depreciate for decreased property values
In non-technical language, the BCO feels this is total nonsense. There is nothing wrong with onsite renewables per se, but most options simply do not suit London: wind turbines fail because there's not enough wind; photovoltaic cells are very expensive and difficult to integrate into tall buildings; biomass heating is cost-effective, but it needs lots of space for fuel storage, solar collectors are also cost effective, but they require roof space and usually provides only a modest carbon saving, and so on and so forth. So, the possibilities of onsite renewables are potentially great if you have lots of space, light and flexibility, but not hugely helpful if you don't. And in London, that's usually the case. In our report to the GLA ("Renewables and the London Plan") we suggested a way forward that is practical and practicable. As a starting point, all in the industry need to be using more energy-efficient technologies and designing buildings that consume less energy in the first place.
A Fife village considered by some the most beautiful in Scotland could be devastated by wind turbines towering over it, according to its community councillors. Ceres and District Community Council has added its voice to the mounting opposition to plans for a wind farm just 1.9km east of Ceres, in the hillside at Gathercauld. The five 80 metre high turbines are the subject of a planning application by wind power firm EnergieKontor UK, which is also behind the proposals for a wind farm at Auchtermuchty. The community council voted to object to the wind farm-a decision it insisted was measured and taken after canvassing opinion for several months. Chairman Grant Robertson said, "Ceres is often considered the most beautiful village in Scotland and the thought of this beauty being devastated by those turbines towering over the village is too shocking to imagine."
A WIND turbine exhibition, set up by Iberdrola, the company planning to build 16 wind turbines off the A141, near Floods Ferry, March, was staged at the town's Oliver Cromwell Hotel last Wednesday. It featured leaflets, questionnaires and visual displays of how the farm might look and Iberdrola representatives answered questions. Fenland District Council has responded cautiously to the plans. Council leader, Councillor Geoff Harper, and his deputy, Councillor Fred Yeulett, believe Fenland has done more than enough towards renewable energy.
Around 200 objections have been lodged against the proposed Ceres windfarm in the two months since EnergieKontor submitted its application to Fife Council. The National Trust for Scotland is among the objectors, calling the turbines "the biggest single adverse change" to the setting of its nearby property, Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse and Garden. The potential noise and visual impact dominate concerns about the project, which consists of five windturbine generators, a sub-station and access tracks. The council's online planning information listed 146 objections earlier this week, but a number of those contained multiple letters, for example from different family members. One group listing comprised 31 letters from a wide area including Pitscottie, Balmullo, Pitlochry, Aberdeen, Boarhills, South Queensferry, Dunfermline and Rosyth.
The company preparing to build Suffolk's first wind farm has won permission to install more powerful turbines - but is set to face an appeal by opponents to the plans. Following a three-hour meeting, Suffolk Coastal District Council's development control committee has granted Your Energy permission to increase the length of the rotor blades at the planned Parham wind farm, near Framlingham. This means the six turbines will generate 25% more electricity. The No Wind Farm at Parham (NOWAP) protest group, however, has claimed the decision is "illegal".