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Crofters are not for sale at any price

Our crofters have had years to consider the "lucrative" income that we could "enjoy" if this wind farm were granted, and we have said no each time we were asked. Sixteen surveys or ballots have all yielded overwhelming opposition to this project, comprehensively backed up by more than 13,000 objections submitted to the government - with only 77 letters in support - hardly the "widespread support at both national and local level" which he claims this project has. We are not for sale, at any price. We are not the "needy" yokels that Mr Maciver claims, nor will we be bought by dangling "lucrative" carrots as bait to encourage us to capitulate. We most certainly do not share his views that building 181 giant turbines, digging miles of roads, drains and ditches, pylons, excavating five huge quarries (each up to a mile long) would be "managing the moorland to the benefit of our environment".
19 Jan 2008

SNP MSP's wind farm sites concern

An SNP MSP has expressed concern about the visual impact of wind farm developments in his constituency. Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said it was vital new developments did not "diminish an area's scenic character". His comments come despite the Scottish Government's much publicised support for wind-generated energy. Stirling Council has given the go-ahead for three wind farm projects across the local area. A forth is currently being considered. At present the district hosts a prominent 36-turbine wind farm at Braes of Doune and an almost completed 15-turbine development at Earlsburn.
17 Jan 2008

Villagers say no to wind farm

Villagers in Bottesford said an emphatic "no" last night to plans for a huge wind farm close to their homes. Hundreds attended a meeting to present their views to Melton Borough Council's head of regulatory services Jim Worley, who will feed back to councillors on the planning committee. The committee has been asked for its views by South Kesteven District Council planners, who are dealing with the application. ...Villagers' major concerns were the turbines' inefficiency and high level of subsidies, health effects, visual impact, noise, the effect on wildlife, environmental impact of constructing the wind farm, devaluation of properties and the planning process. Joyce Farnese, from Bottesford, said: "What we are talking about here is a rural power station.
15 Jan 2008

Residents say 'no' to wind farm

People living in west Caithness have voted overwhelmingly against plans to develop 21 wind-powered turbines on farmland near Shebster. A ballot run over the last two weeks of 2007 revealed that just over four in five of those who responded oppose the scheme. ...Caithness West Community Council commissioned the ballot to give the local authority a first-hand indication of local views. A total of 1099 papers were issued, with 470 returned by the December 31 deadline. Seventy-eight (16.6 per cent) voted "yes" and 390 (82.3 per cent) voted "no", with two spoiled papers. A further 12 letters were received - two for and 10 against - but were discounted as the individuals were not on the electoral list. Community council chairman Bill Brown said yesterday the outcome vindicated the formal objection previously submitted by the community council. ...The final say will lie with Scottish ministers.
11 Jan 2008

Family still fighting wind turbine battle

A family who suffered from sleepless nights thanks to nearby wind turbines are continuing the fight against the noise. Jane and Julian Davis, of Deeping St Nicholas, decided to move their family away from the wind farm which was producing a low frequency din that saw them struggle to sleep. The couple complained to South Holland District Council but were left frustrated after the authority's investigations revealed that they were unable to distinguish between the sound made by the turbines and any other noise. Mr and Mrs Davis were upset at the findings and say that it makes planning conditions, based on a government report which assesses and rates the noise given off by wind farms, unenforceable.
10 Jan 2008

Group rallies opposition to wind farm

AN ACTION group in Tallentire has sent residents a template objection letter to plans for a new wind farm in the area. Novera Energy has applied to Allerdale council to build five 105 metre turbines at Fleeter Wood, on land next to West House. But Tallentire Area Action Group chairwoman Margaret O'Hare said she had sent a template letter to nearby residents outlining reasons against the plans. The group wants as many people as possible to sign the letter and send it to the council. It says: "This proposal would result in unacceptable harm to the local landscape in terms of its intrinsic quality and local distinctiveness.
10 Jan 2008

Wind farm project gets icy blast from residents

Residents fighting plans which could see a wind farm appear on picturesque Bickerton Hills have stepped up their bid to stop it. Families living close to the site met last week to discuss how to stop Banks Developments Ltd’s plans for a 60m wind- monitoring mast on land off Long Lane. ...It’s the first application of its type in the locality. Objectors saying it will be a blot on the landscape. Resident Kate Reeves said: “There was a very good turnout to the meeting and it just showed how very strongly locals feel about this. They are all very, very angry.”
3 Jan 2008

Wind farm protest stepped up

Residents fighting plans which could see a wind farm appear on picturesque Bickerton Hills have stepped up their bid to stop it. Families living in close proximity to the proposed site held a meeting on Thursday as they face Banks Developments Ltd’s plans for a 60-metre high wind-monitoring mast on land off Long Lane. The proposal is for a temporary period of three years for wind speed data to be collected to see if the site is suitable for a wind farm and is the first application of its type in the district. Objectors saying it will be a blot on South Cheshire’s rural landscape. Resident Kate Reeves said: “There was a very good turnout to the meeting and it just showed how very strongly locals feel about this. There were no detractors at all. They are all very, very angry.”
2 Jan 2008

Wind farm too big for isles

I was one of the community councillors who asked to go on the wind farm trip in September. I went to see if it proved my thoughts that Shetland could not absorb the visual impact of the Viking Energy project. The simple answer is that it can't - the land mass in Shetland is too small. ...We were advised at this site that the carbon footprint during the construction had been 'massive'. ...
24 Dec 2007

Wind farm plan leads to windfall

Controversial plans to create an eight turbine wind farm in the Carron Valley in rural Stirling have been given the go-ahead by the council. ...Despite the promise of payment, the wind farm plan caused divisions among Carron Valley's residents. Planning officials had originally recommended the application be refused. Scottish Natural Heritage also objected to the visual impact of the wind farm. Scotia Wind said if the plans to construct eight turbines 125m in height, a new access road, bridge, electricity sub-station and meteorological monitoring mast went ahead, they would pay an index-linked cash windfall of £48,000 a year to the local community.
20 Dec 2007

Councillors urged to reject Penicuik wind farm plan

"Councillors, I believe you have the power to take hundreds of pounds from E.ON or preserve a historic view and environment that generations have and will enjoy. "We must not be overwhelmed by commercial interests today. Our ancestors thought of tomorrow. Let's do the same." ...PEPA representative Dr Tony Trewavas informed the committee that 2402 written objections had been submitted regarding the proposed wind farm. Around 1300 were from Penicuik residents with others from the Scottish Borders and others who had moved away from the area. Objections had also been lodged by Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Borders Council, Historic Scotland, West Linton and Howgate Community Councils, the Esk Valley Trust, Friends of the Pentland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
19 Dec 2007

Wind farm plans suffer a blow

Applause filled the council chamber last week as councillors emphatically rejected plans for a controversial Afan Valley wind farm. Councillors on the planning and development control committee voted to refuse permission for four wind turbines to be built on Mynydd Corrwg Fechan, near Glyncorrwg. Members of the Glyncorrwg Action Group, who had campaigned against the wind farm, packed the public gallery and broke into spontaneous applause as the unanimous decision was announced. ...Head of planning Geoff White said in his report: "This development would create unacceptable impacts upon the character and appearance of the countryside which are not outweighed by the benefits of providing renewable energy."
19 Dec 2007

Legal fight over huge wind farm

North Devon District Council wants a judicial review of plans for 22 turbines at Fullabrook Down. If the case goes ahead, the High Court could overturn the plans by Devon Wind Power. The plans were agreed by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks, but the council says the impact on the area and local people outweigh any benefits. ...Council leader Mike Harrison said the authority had taken legal advice and it had a chance of winning its case. He said: "These are massive turbines and it will have a huge impact on the landscape. "It will affect people living nearby and the tourism industry."
19 Dec 2007

New group hits out at 'inefficient' wind farms

Renewable energy is the way ahead but not through "grossly inefficient" wind farms which gobble up Scottish Government subsidies, it has been claimed. A new group formed to fight the latest wind farm proposal for Moray aims to galvanise community opposition to the plan. Save Our Scenic Moray (SOS Moray) has been created in Dufftown to try and repel a proposal for a 70-plus turbine development at Dorenell Farm, Cabrach. The action group was formed three weeks ago following public exhibitions by developer Infinergy on the wind farm development on the Glenfiddich Estate.
14 Dec 2007

Ballot papers go out on Baillie turbines proposal

THE first batch of ballot papers were yesterday dispatched to residents who live closest to the proposed site of a contentious 21-turbine wind farm west of Thurso. Caithness West Community Council is surveying the 1000-or-so electors in its patch to find out whether they support or oppose the 57.5 megawatt development. The timing is particularly sensitive as Baillie Wind Farm Ltd's scheme for farmland near Shebster is being tabled at a Highland Council hearing next month. The community council is among the objectors to the proposal, which would add to the existing nearby six-turbine cluster at Forss. But it is pledging to reflect the feedback of the vote in its representation.
14 Dec 2007

Threat to national security at Swaffham?

NATIONAL security could be compromised by more wind turbines in the Swaffham area, but councillors have been recommended to grant permission. The Ministry of Defence warns the six new giant turbines would have "an unacceptable impact upon the air traffic control radar at RAF Marham and Lakenheath and also against the air defence radar at Trimingham". But Breckland councillors could give the go-ahead on Monday for the turbines to be built on an open farmland site between the A1065 Castleacre Road and Sporle Road in Swaffham and Sporle.
14 Dec 2007

Hemsby wind turbines setback

A contentious plan to build four towering wind turbines by a Norfolk coastal village has gone back to the drawing board to address strong fears over the impact of the structures on the countryside. SLP Energy has withdrawn its application to build the 125m high turbines at Hemsby, near Yarmouth, because it says it needs more time to revise its scheme to overcome a swathe of objections from residents, councils, the Ministry of Defence(MOD) and countryside groups. Concerns were raised that the turbines would loom over the village's skyline and blight its appearance and be detrimental to a nearby Site of Special Scientific Interest. Objections were also submitted by the MOD, which said the turbines would interfere with radar at RAF Trimingham and residents said they were worried the proposed site would hamper television signals.
13 Dec 2007

Forests are now at risk

If the 2010 target of reducing CO2 emissions was achievable, which the UK government now admits is impossible, it would have been responsible for saving a ridiculously paltry 0.0003 or four 10 thousandths of all world emissions. And the reason for this failure is plain to see - the wrong technology, that of wind power, has been used. It just cannot deliver any significant saving on emissions, not without plastering the whole country with massive turbines - a 400ft turbine is 20 times the height of a 20ft lamp-post. ...The saving of emissions, we are told, is the main reason for having these turbines in the first place. We look forward to any responses from those Welsh politicians who seem obsessed with the pursuit of this near-useless technology.
12 Dec 2007

Denbighshire man's plan scuppered by windfarm

A BUSINESSMAN who wants to open an eco-friendly holiday village could have his plans scuppered - because officials would rather build a windfarm. ...A little-known planning rule wipes out development from areas around windfarms, which are being encouraged as the future of environmentally friendly energy production across Wales. ...WAG guidance states "local authorities should be aware that other developments could sterilise land for wind power proposals." A report to go before Denbighshire's planning committee today says it would therefore be "inappropriate" to grant permission for the cabins - which ironically, would be powered by small turbines.
12 Dec 2007

Huge expansion for wind turbines

Business Secretary John Hutton says he wants to open up British seas to allow enough new turbines - up to 7,000 - to power all UK homes by the year 2020. He acknowledged "it is going to change our coastline", but said the issue of climate change was "not going away". The thrust of the idea was backed by Tory Alan Duncan: "We're an island nation. There's a lot of wind around." ...The other choice was, he said, whether it was "easier to have these developments offshore rather than onshore". Asked what would happen if there was no wind for a few days, Mr Hutton said that was why there had to be a mix of energy sources - including nuclear power - to cover for calmer weather periods.
9 Dec 2007
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