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Protest to go sky high

Windfarm objectors are hoping a peaceful protest against a sea of turbines above rural Northumberland will make its point with councillors next week. A symbolic balloon is being floated more than 400ft above South Charlton, six miles north of Alnwick, where plans are being made for 18 powerful wind turbines from energy giants npower in a £50m-plus development. Launched yesterday in glorious sunshine above the peaceful countryside, the giant balloon will stay in place until Tuesday when Alnwick District councillors make a site visit ahead of planning meetings. Rob Thorp, who is helping to lead the objections against Middlemoor Wind Farm, said: “This kind of thing would be disastrous for the area which overlooks the Heritage Coastline.
4 Feb 2007

Windfarm would change landscape

A 34-turbine windfarm would change the Isle of Axholme’s landscape, an inquiry heard. The claim was made by an expert witness brought by North Lincolnshire Council - the latest body to take the stand at the ongoing probe.The authority opposed the application for a 34-turbine windfarm at Keadby - set to be the country’s biggest - because of the site’s location and design. Giving evidence for the council, two weeks into the inquiry at Goole’s Viking Hotel, landscape architect Chris Emerson said the authority was opposed to the plan because of the ‘visual impact’ it would have on nearby villages. The Keadby site, which could generate 85-megawatts of power, is adjacent to Keadby Power Station and in an area already clustered with electricity pylons, it was heard. “Within 5km of the turbines, the (visual) impact would be high,” Mr Emerson said.
4 Feb 2007

World Wetlands Day: Object to Lewis windfarm!

Scottish Wildlife Trust is urging the public to object to the Lewis windfarm proposal on World Wetlands Day. The deadline for objections is 5 February 2007. Awarded the highest levels of protection through the Ramsar Convention and European Habitat Regulations, building this windfarm contravenes and undermines the legislation set up to protect them. Help prevent irreversible damage to one of Scotland’s most important wetland areas.
2 Feb 2007

Wind farm may damage island bog

A huge island wind farm would cause “irreversible damage” to one of the country’s most important wetland sites, an environmental group has claimed. The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) is opposing plans for a 181-turbine development on the Isle of Lewis. It fears the proposed £500m development by Lewis Wind Power would destroy some of the world’s most extensive and intact areas of blanket bog.
2 Feb 2007

Unite against turbines

I live in Croeserw and I had beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Now I cringe at the view from the rear of my home - 16 gigantic wind turbines on the Abercregan Mountain, like something out of a science-fiction film. To make matters worse, the Spanish company Gamesa plans to erect another 10 turbines on mountains in front of my house which will be nearly twice the size of the ones already standing - in fact, the largest in Europe - and another four of this size on the Glyncorrwg Mountain, which is to the rear right of my house. Croeserw and Cymmer will be surrounded by wind turbines, which will be seen through the whole of the Afan, Llynfi and Garw valleys if this proposal goes ahead. The people of the Valleys must unite and say NO! to this rape of our beautiful countryside.
1 Feb 2007

‘We’re delighted with the decision’

Residents are celebrating after plans for a wind farm near Beverley were thrown out. East Riding councillors unanimously rejected proposals to build a wind farm with 12 turbines up to 100 metres high at Routh, because of concerns they would spoil the views from Beverley Westwood. As reported on the Mail’s website yesterday, councillors voted against the scheme proposed by Ridgewind Limited amid fears views of Beverley Minster, in particular, would be ruined.
31 Jan 2007

Council decide on windfarm

Councillors are being recommended to turn down plans to build a windfarm at Routh, near Beverley, because officials claim the huge turbines will damage views of historic Beverley Minster. An application by Ridgewind Ltd, who want to site 12 of the 100-metre high turbines on land north of Hall Farm at Routh will be considered at tomorrow’s (Tuesday (January 30) meeting of East Riding Council’s Planning Committee. The scheme has sparked objections from several parish councils in the area, including Tickton and Routh Parish Council and Beverley Town Council.
29 Jan 2007

The Wind Power Debate Continues to Produce Crosswinds of Controversy

From Barton, Vermont, to the German border with Denmark and from the shores of Lake Huron, to the Romney Marches of southern England, wind power advocates are fighting crosswinds from local residents. In Barton in mid-January, a referendum overwhelmingly rejected the wind power turbines that were planned near this upper Vermont community. ...In Germany, where one-third of the world's current wind power is generated, doubters have provoked a loud debate. The company that owns the grid that includes nearly half the wind-farms in Germany reported its wind farms generated only 11 percent of their capacity. The company said the winds vary so much the wind farm had to be backed 80 percent by the conventional power grid.
27 Jan 2007

The Wind Power Debate Continues to Produce Crosswinds of Controversy

From Barton, Vermont, to the German border with Denmark and from the shores of Lake Huron, to the Romney Marches of southern England, wind power advocates are fighting crosswinds from local residents. In Barton in mid-January, a referendum overwhelmingly rejected the wind power turbines that were planned near this upper Vermont community. ...In Germany, where one-third of the world's current wind power is generated, doubters have provoked a loud debate. The company that owns the grid that includes nearly half the wind-farms in Germany reported its wind farms generated only 11 percent of their capacity. The company said the winds vary so much the wind farm had to be backed 80 percent by the conventional power grid.
27 Jan 2007

Don’t ruin Minster views with wind farm

Plans to build a wind farm with turbines up to 100 metres tall are set to be thrown out - amid fears they will spoil views of historic Beverley Minster. Proposals for 12 “monster” turbines at Routh, near Beverley, will be considered by East Riding Council’s planning committee on Tuesday. But concerns the turbines will ruin views from Beverley Westwood have led council planning officers to recommend the plans be refused.
26 Jan 2007

Protection of Lammermuirs vitally important

A campaign to stop a 48 turbine windfarm being built at a Berwickshire beauty spot stepped up a gear this week when community councils gathered to voice their protests. Fury erupted last week after it was revealed that council planners are now recommending approval of the turbines at Fallago Ridge. The proposed windfarm - which would be in the middle of the council’s own designated area of great landscape value (AGLV) - was initially opposed by Scottish Borders Council. Now, however, North British Windpower Ltd have revised their application and reduced the number of turbines from 60 to 48. Brian Frater, head of planning and building services, said last week that the plan was now quite different. “They have reduced the scheme and changed it so we felt it tipped the balance.
25 Jan 2007

Fears windfarm will ruin sea view appeal

Controversial windfarm plans could leave Fylde coast residents with falling property prices and a ruined view, a councillor today claimed. And Coun Ron Shewan is demanding that Wyre Council opposes the scheme which would put windfarms only three miles off Fleetwood. He said: “We have one of the most beautiful seafronts you could get and it would be a detriment from the environmental point because of the sea view.”
24 Jan 2007

Bonington, Bragg, Bellamy and an earl hope to stop windfarm

Cumbria’s Everest hero, two high-profile broadcasters, a leading environmentalist and a major landowner have joined the fight to prevent a windfarm being built on fells near Shap. Sir Chris Bonington, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Eric Robson, David Bellamy and the Earl of Lonsdale have all agreed to become patrons of the pressure group Community Opposed to Shap Turbines (COST).
19 Jan 2007

Lammermuirs set for yet another windfarm

Fury has erupted at the news that council planners have recommended approval of a 48 turbine windfarm at the heart of a Berwickshire beauty spot. The recommendation signals a massive U-turn by the planners who initially opposed the windfarm at Fallago Ridge in the Lammermuirs. The windfarm plan has since been revised to 48 instead of 60 turbines but objectors protest that it will still be a massive blot on the landscape.
19 Jan 2007

Wind farm plan ‘in need of scale-down’

A wind farm proposal for rural Northumberland needs to be considerably scaled down to avoid becoming a blight on the landscape, according to a study released yesterday. Developer npower renewables submitted plans to Tynedale Council last year for a six-turbine, 12 megawatt, wind farm on land near Kiln Pit Hill, near Slaley, close to the Northumberland/County Durham border. But the study carried out on behalf of the North East Assembly by Arup with White Consultants concluded that only a small wind farm with an output of less than 7.5 megawatts should be allowed. A megawatt is enough to power between 600 and 1,000 homes. The Regional Wind Farm Development Study assesses the impact of a potential wind farm to help planners decide whether to give it the green light. It says there is “limited scope for development” at Kiln Pit Hill and any wind farm should be at least one-and-a-half miles east from the summit.
18 Jan 2007

Margree backers set for council talks

The company behind a proposed windfarm project at Margree will discuss their application with Dumfries and Galloway council officials in the coming weeks. North British Windpower Ltd want to build 25 turbines on the site - which is close to the controversial Blackcraig development. A report from the council’s landscape architect into the cumulative impact on the landscape should both windfarms get the go-ahead hinted towards the design of the turbines at Margree being a potential eyesore. Bosses from the company will sit down with the architect to go over the scheme.
18 Jan 2007

People ‘like to see wind turbines’, developer claims

The head of one of the country’s largest windfarm developers has claimed the public’s perception of towering turbines is changing - he says many people now like seeing them on the landscape.Bruce Woodman, chief executive of Cornwall Light and Power, said more people were coming round to the sight of wind turbines, leading to a fall in objections........ But windfarm opponents disagreed with his comments. Gary Watson, from Buckland-tout-Saints residents’ association, which is planning to fight proposals for the three 90m turbines near Goveton, said the turbines were “an industrialisation of the landscape”.
11 Jan 2007

Rivals clash over wind farm plans

Rival camps have clashed over controversial plans to build more than 200 Blackpool Tower-sized wind farms off the Wirral coastline. Benefits of the giant turbines were blown into question by a damning report, whipping up Wirral and North Wales protestors into a whirlwind of opposition. The allies fear that Wirral has been seriously misled by understated images of the impact from the borough,’ and pledge to lobby NPower’s Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm project, set to be located in the Irish Sea. In light of recent evidence which found that wind farms fail to produce as much energy as the government had anticipated, watchdog group The Wirral Society is hoping to win the support of local MP’s and preserve the area’s maritime views.
10 Jan 2007

Taming of the landscape comes sharply into focus

The remote plantations some 10 miles south of Strathy village are now dominated by a couple of tall anemometer masts; there are few places in the Far North where you can get away from the threat of wind farms, big or small. There are currently 20 wind farms going through the planning process in Caithness and north Sutherland. Enjoy these wild places while you can: if the turbines go up, yet another of our landscapes will be tamed and industrialised. I had to walk right under one of the masts to gain the main Strathy track; the bothy, much appreciated by those who like really out-of-the-way spots, will be in the heart of the proposed wind farms. But as of now it is still as quiet and secluded a place as any. At night there is just untamed wind and starlight, and you are at least four miles from the nearest other person. Rattling showers passed, leaving clear starry skies. I enjoyed a candlelit fireside meal and had an early night. The strong westerlies should give me an easy ride home on the morrow!
10 Jan 2007

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