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Bradwell on Sea - Simulation

Ten_turbines_2.jpg_2_(2)_thumb A Gale of protest is forming on the Dengie Marshes If you were in any doubt about the pros and cons of building ten wind turbines at Bradwell on Sea, perhaps the photograph below will help you decide. This is the impact just ten such turbines will have on the tranquillity of the area, there could be as many as thirty nine in the adjacent country side if construction is approved. The photograph, taken from St. Nicholas Church, Tillingham, depicts the view across the Bradwell marshes alongside St. Peter’s Way where the Wind Farm is to be sited. The turbines have been superimposed and are accurately portrayed in both scale and position. The machines will totally dominate the landscape for four or five miles around, will be visible up to twenty miles away and will seriously affect the ambience and spirituality of St. Peter’s on the Wall which is the oldest church of its type in the world. The scale and environmental impact of this industrial development in a rural and tranquil area will be enormous. The resulting electricity produced is minimal and expensive; the Carbon Dioxide emission savings are insignificant on a UK scale and too small to measure on a world scale. Maldon District Council advises that should you want to make representation about this proposal then quote Application No. FUL/MAL/06/00291 and write to The Chief Planning Officer, Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL or email to
15 Apr 2006

Our Energy Challenge - Comments of Durham Branch of The Campaign To Protect Rural England

Because of the pressures on the countryside in the North East, DCPRE, perhaps more than its parent organisation, has considered the effects of wind farms both in terms of their impact on the landscape, including the people who live and seek recreation there and on their effectiveness on the climate, particularly how they affect emissions of greenhouse gases. DCPRE considers that the impact of structures such as wind turbines on the countryside is potentially very severe and is most concerned about the potential cumulative effect of them. Editor's Note: Submitted as a 'Consultation' to the Department of Trade and Industry
1 Apr 2006

Whinash Decision Documents

Whinashwindfarm_thumb The Secretary of State accepts the Inspector’s [David M H Rose] findings on the section 36 application. He agrees with the Inspector’s conclusions that the Whinash site is an important and integral part of a far reaching landscape which is highly sensitive to change and that the adverse environmental impacts of the Development would conflict with the aims of Planning Policy Statement 22 which is, in part, to minimise the impacts of wind generation and to achieve environmental safeguards. He also agrees with the Inspector’s conclusion that the environmental harm to this particular landscape outweighs the benefits of securing renewable energy at the Whinash site. The Secretary of State therefore accepts, taking account of the further comments below, the Inspector’s recommendation that consent be refused. Editor's Note: The pdf file contains the complete report.
2 Mar 2006

Bias in Favour of Onshore Wind Farms will be to the Detriment of the Highland Landscape

“We believe the Scottish Executive should urgently produce in a transparent and consultative way an energy strategy for Scotland including the electricity distribution network. In this way, all relevant factors – social, environmental and economic – can be weighted up throughout Scotland. This would then provide a national framework for planning decisions allowing prioritisation of renewable energy development to less sensitive areas”.
23 Jan 2006

Cumulative Impact of Wind Farms In The Outer Clyde Estuary

Cumulativeimpact_thumb A study of the Outer Clyde Estuary, covering Kintyre, Cowal, Arran, Bute, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire, conducted by AWF, demonstrates the huge and increasing pressure on the area from wind farm developers. It concludes, that if all the wind farms in or approaching the planning system at present are approved, the level of cumulative impact will degrade the environment of this unique area to a totally unacceptable extent. It would not be an exaggeration to state that every transport route (road or ferry) would have a prominent view of at least one wind farm. The need for a strategic review is overwhelming.
1 Jan 2006

Founded on a lie

An adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority, released on 21 December, confirms that the wind power industry has duped the country, despite repeated warnings from critics. Every new development, most recently the outrageous approval of Glenmoriston at Loch Ness, is hailed as saving the emission of thousands of tonnes of a year.
28 Dec 2005

Historic dwellings face uncertain future

Their foundations date back more than a thousand years, to the times when the Vikings invaded Scotland's remote islands. But now campaigners fear that dozens of historic shielings – tiny stone dwellings used by crofters and farm tenants – could be damaged or even destroyed on the Isle of Lewis.
15 Dec 2005
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