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Campaigners from both sides of the England-Wales border are joining forces to save a massive landmark built more than 1,000 years ago to divide them. Villagers living in the remote areas either side of Offa's Dyke are putting aside age-old hostilities to fight plans to bring 21st century alternative technology close to the ancient monument. Welsh planning officials are pleading with their opposite numbers on the English side of the dyke to help them protect the eighth century earthworks.
Anti-windfarm activists have joined forces to support councillors who fear that a proliferation of developments could undermine Cumbria's economic regeneration. The Strategic Alliance Against Lakeland Wind Turbines (SALT) and Friends of Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery (FELLS) are concerned that Cumbria is at a crossroads that could heavily damage the countryside.
The company behind plans to build a wind farm at Podington has challenged the result of a public consultation. Bedford Borough Council has just finished asking residents about the proposal at Airfield Farm, and received just 216 comments in support compared with 441 objecting. But energy firm Nuon Renewables has released a report of its own, claiming a majority of local residents - 66.5 per cent - support the bid to create a three-turbine wind farm at Airfield Farm.
The first of three public meetings is taking place about plans for 350, 49ft (15m) tall electricity pylons through rural areas of Powys. The overhead line is planned from a wind farm in Llandinam to a sub-station in Welshpool 22 miles (35km) away, and is needed to meet energy demands. Drop-in sessions and meetings are being held in Dolfor and Kerry, near Newtown.
Local Plaid Cymru AM for Aberconwy, Gareth Jones, has described the decision by the Westminster Labour Government to approve the construction of the huge Gwynt y Mor windfarm, off the coast of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, as a slap in the face and an affront to the democratically-expressed wishes of the people of Wales. ..."The scale of the Gwynt y Mor development cannot be overstated. The 250 turbines will be visible for many miles around.
Residents have expressed fears over the size of five huge wind turbines after their first view of how they would appear on the Derbyshire landscape. West Coast Energy, the company behind the scheme, said the 126m (413ft) turbines proposed for Matlock Moor at a cost of £16m ...
Hundreds of giant pylons connecting the English border to the Welsh coast will be needed to link huge new wind farms to the National Grid, campaigners warned yesterday. ..."Developers can be given planning consent for the turbines without consideration of the power transmission element, which can also have a huge impact on the environment.
Villagers battling plans for a wind farm in rural Worcestershire have claimed it could led to serious health consequences for thousands of people living in the area. ...Erica Page, spokeswoman for Vale Villagers Against ScottishPower, said: "We are in the initial stages of doing research but we have found claims that the low frequency noise emitted by the turbines can affect people's health.
Andrew Randall lives in King's Dyke, Whittlesey, with his pregnant partner Rachel Barford and one-year-old daughter Aimee, just 100 yards from the towering machine. He said the constant noise from the turning blades is causing sleepless nights and stress for Rachel, who is four months pregnant. Mr Randall (23) said: "Rachel's stressed all the time and she can't cope with the lack of sleep. I'm concerned about the health of the baby. ..."We've got a hot tub in the back garden, but it's a waste because we can't go out there, it's just too noisy."
Farmers living next to a proposed windfarm in the Valleys say the plans would be a "disaster" for them if it is given the go-ahead. Pennant Wind Energy Ventures Ltd wants to build four 328 ft high turbines on a four-hectare site on Mynydd James mountain at Blaentillery between Cwmtillery and Blaina. ..."I fear that the scheme is unsafe and the area is not suitable for such turbines."
A national park authority is appealing against a wind farm in Derbyshire after a government inspector gave the green light to four turbines overlooking a scenic reservoir. The Peak District National Park Authority will take its appeal to the High Court.
In July Ecotricity was granted planning consent by just one vote to install the turbines at the Hethel track, despite strong objections from families who claimed the three 120 metre high turbines would blight the community. At that time the issue of whether the turbines would need aviation warning lights was raised and the committee was informed neither the MoD or Norwich International Airport had requested such lights. But since permission was granted, the MoD has revised its policies and wants to see one aviation warning light on each turbine.
Since April Freeview customers in parts of Langley Park, County Durham, have been unable to watch a number of channels. Its thought up to 100 households have been affected and when they complained, they were stonewalled by companies saying it was not their responsibility. But after months of fighting, Langley Park residents have seen a U-turn by energy supplier EDF, which has confirmed the problems have been caused by wind turbines.
Ambitious plans to build giant wind turbines in Southampton have stalled because city councillors fear a public outcry ...At least five potential wind turbine locations around the city have been identified since the council enthusiastically announced its plans late last year. ...But the council's Tory Cabinet has now gone back to the drawing board to look at other less eye-catching - and controversial - renewable energy schemes.
Energy giant ScottishPower is paying for Freeview boxes and satellite TV for hundreds of homes after a wind farm disrupted the signal. The power firm has spent thousands of pounds ensuring people in Carmunnock, to the south of Glasgow, are not affected by nearby Whitelee wind farm. ScottishPower has also reassured residents of Newton Mearns and Clarkston, who may be affected by expansion of the wind farm, that it "will do whatever it takes" to ensure viewers do not lose out.
A tiny rural Northumberland community could end up completely surrounded by wind farms. The hamlet of Wingates, near Rothbury, is faced with five schemes which are either at scoping or pre-application stage, all within 5km of the houses. ...Residents have formed the action group Wingates not Wind Farms (WNWF) which held its first meeting last week in association with the parish council.
Demonstrators blocked traffic into the Eden Project in a protest against plans for a giant wind turbine. The 127m (416ft) machine would be put on the northern side of the Eden site, near St Austell in Cornwall, if Restormel Borough Council approves it. Protesters, who called off the demonstration after about an hour, clashed with visitors and police. Environmental charity Eden said the turbine would have to be large to be economical and to power the site.
The massive planned expansion of renewable energy may produce far fewer jobs than the government has claimed, a study has found. Producing enough renewable energy to meet government targets would create about 36,000 jobs in the wind energy sector by 2020, according to a study by Bain & Company for the British Wind Energy Association, to be published today. ...In its renewable energy strategy, published over the summer, the government claimed it would create 160,000 new jobs by 2020.
Campaigners fighting proposed wind farms in Northumberland last night admitted they fear the floodgates opening after developers apparently overcame MoD objections. The Ministry is in advanced talks with RidgeWind Ltd which could see its objection to that company's scheme for Wandylaw, near Chathill, withdrawn. A public inquiry into the bid resumes on Tuesday when the two sides could reach agreement on a condition which would allow the turbines to be erected.
Controversial plans for a wind farm on top of a scenic wilderness has come under fresh attacks from worried residents. Energy firm nPower wants to put up 19 turbines - some as high as 400ft - on Mynydd-y-Gwair. Campaign group Save Our Common Mountain Environment, who have been fighting the scheme since 2004, recently won the backing of TV botanist David Bellamy. Now locals in Pontlliw have thrown their weight behind the plan to kick out the scheme.