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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.
Campaigners have vowed to take "positive action" to stop a windfarm being built in the West Stirlingshire countryside. A group of villagers in Balfron have set up EVAG (Endrick Valley Action Group). And they are pledging: "We'll stop these monster turbines spoiling our counryside."
The North-east countryside could be "hijacked" to help meet renewable energy targets, an expert has warned. Ecologist Dr John Etherington said the Government would require armies of turbines - and that the open spaces of the North-east could be a prime site. He said: "Rural land is being hijacked as the renewable power generating areas for the cities and big towns.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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."
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.
Finally a vote was called for and the Chairman asked for those in favour of the project to raise their hands. Not surprisingly no one did! When asked for any abstentions by those who wished to explore the circumstances further, 10 voted leaving some 250 + against the proposals. A massive and overwhelming majority. What came from the meeting was the fact that it was important to maintain sustained pressure upon all those in the decision making process - Council Officers, Councillors and Committees by every individual at the meeting. Taking into account that ALL departments/committees will be involved in the process not only "Planning" but also "Highways", "Environment" etc.
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.
A campaigner who claims her life has been blighted by wind turbine noise and a GP who has investigated the health issues related to them will be among speakers at a meeting over a new wind farm plan. A public meeting over the planned five-turbine Chiplow development between Bagthorpe, Barmer and Syderstone will be held at The Birches, Bircham Newton construction college, at 7.30pm on Monday. Jane Davis, of Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, who has told her story about persistent noise from a wind farm close to her home in national newspapers including the Guardian, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, will speak at the meeting. E.ON is completing investigations into the suitability of the site and is set to apply for planning permission in the autumn.
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.
Councillors in Swaffham have set up a working group to examine the evidence for and against wind turbines before establishing the town's policy towards them. The move was prompted by plans for new windfarms in and around the town that could take the total number of turbines in the Swaffham area to more than 20. Most of the town councillors will sit on the group, which will take into account views expressed by interested parties such as the Stop Turbines Action Group and any pro-wind energy lobby in the area.
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".