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A Caithness councillor yesterday gave an assurance to parents and pupils that wind turbines would only be installed at five local schools if there are no problems with their safety. Wick councillor Bill Fernie made the pledge following an incident which occurred last month at a primary school on Raasay near Skye when there was "a catastrophic failure" of a wind turbine shortly after it was erected.
Fifteen more wind turbines are to be built in County Durham despite claims by an MP they were in danger of "swamping" parts of the county. REpower UK, supplier of wind turbines, has won its second major contract with E.ON in the UK to develop two new wind farms. ...Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson called for government intervention because he believed the plans represented excessive development in his Sedgefield constituency.
Families living on the former Shoebury Garrison are furious at plans for a 50ft high wind turbine at the new Hinguar Primary School. The turbine has been put forward as part of proposals to make the new school as environmentally friendly as possible. ...But Verina Weaver, chairman of the Garrison Residents‘ Association, said the turbine would be a blot on the landscape.
Finance Secretary John Swinney has been accused of breaking the rules in his dealings with a duke and a developer planning a controversial wind farm. Campaigners say that discussions held by Swinney about the proposed 48-turbine Fallago Rig project in the Borders have breached the ministerial code of conduct. The Scottish Government has denied any wrongdoing. The code insists that MSPs must not discuss planning applications without all interested parties being present.
Campaigners have lost their battle to stop Leicestershire's first windfarm being built. Secretary of State for Communities John Denham yesterday ruled that the controversial development on farmland at Swinford, near Lutterworth, could go ahead. He said the benefits outweighed the "limited" impact.
Energiekontor UK is offering a £70,000 lump sum to the community fund if its plans for a three-turbine development at Monkwith, near Tunstall, are approved. The company argues that amount would be the total needed to take the matter to an appeal if rejected and feels this would be a better way of using the cash.
The would-be developers of the largest windfarm in Caithness were yesterday warned they face widespread opposition to their plans. John Brown, who farms near Watten, was speaking as the potential community benefits from the 30-turbine venture at Spittal Hill were showcased at an exhibition in Thurso.
Plans for a wind farm in the Bristol Channel have been scrapped, say the developers. Work on 30 turbines, each 400ft (121.9m) tall, at Scarweather Sands off Porthcawl, had been expected to start this year. But the two companies behind the project, DONG Energy and E.ON, said it was no longer commercially viable.
Wind farm builders deny they are to rip up roads so giant turbine blades can be hauled to the site at Emberton. Local city councillor Peter Geary claims developer Your Energy plans to demolish the Tickford roundabout at the junction of the A422 and A509 and make changes to another close by. ..."I think the amount of disruption that will happen will surprise people," said Mr Geary.
By offering incentives to communities to encourage them not to object to planning bids by wind farm developers, the party believes it could end the often bitter disputes which currently thwart many green projects. ...Communities will also be offered shares in local wind farms, allowing them to become part-owners and enjoy a stake of the profits. Developers would be likely to offer shares as a way of avoiding getting "bogged down" in planning rows.
On the November 18, after a year-long trial (October 1, 2008, to September 30, 2009) Glyndebourne Productions Ltd have finally released the data obtained from the meteorological mast on Mill Plain, as required by Hazel Blears, the minister at the time of the planning application. ...The real figures paint a picture of a proposed turbine, which produces an embarrassingly small output. It appears that the wind was not strong enough over the year of testing.
In a report, released ahead of a special meeting of the Isle of Wight Council's planning committee on Thursday, officers are recommending councillors refuse the plans submitted by Cornwall Light and Power and blademaker Vestas on the basis of the turbines' scale and prominent position.
Anti-wind turbine campaigners in Burton Joyce have set up a group to fight plans for three turbines in nearby Stoke Bardolph. Revolt (Resident Villagers Oppose Local Turbines) hope to thwart Severn Trent Water's proposal to build up to three 125m high turbines which will be 450 metres from people's homes. Both Revolt and Severn Trent debated the new wind farm at a public meeting called by Burton Joyce Parish Council.
Councillors have failed to agree planning permission for a controversial windfarm close to one of Doncaster's most popular tourist attractions. Doncaster Council's planning committee has deferred a decision for NTower's plans to build a new windfarm, which will include five 125m turbines, on greenbelt land in Hampole, for a second time.
Stratford District Council's planning committee this week rejected energy firm Broadview's proposal to put up a 60m high meterological mast on farmland near Bishops Itchington and Knightcote. If erected, the mast would have been in place for two years to measure wind speeds, ahead of the company's plans to build six wind turbines on the site, known as Starbold.
Campaigners objecting to a plans for a 21 wind turbine farm in Cheshire have rejected claims it will provide power for up to 30,000 homes. Peel Energy wants to build the wind farm on Marsh Lane in Frodsham between the M56 and the Mersey Estuary. Tony Hinkins, of Frodsham Town Council, disputed the company's predictions over the amount of energy generated especially when there was no wind.
Allegations that two Scottish Government Ministers may have breached the Scottish Ministerial Code by becoming involved in discussions about Fallago Rig wind farm are to be investigated by Scotland's top civil servant. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council, who are opposed to the 48 turbine wind farm, discovered various pieces of correspondence between the ministers and the Duke of Roxburghe who owns the land at Fallago Rig where North British Windpower want to build a 48 turbine windfarm.
Plans for a giant wind farm that would stretch across the Neath and Dulais Valleys have been submitted. The huge scheme, thought to cover the same size as around 40 football pitches, has incurred the wrath of campaigners who have vowed to fight it every step of the way.
Campaigners have reluctantly admitted defeat in their battle against a major onshore wind farm close to homes in Essex after a Government inspector gave the go-ahead for work to begin. Energy company Npower Renewables now has permission to build a five-turbine wind farm at Earls Hall Farm between Clacton and St Osyth after it successfully appealed against a council decision to refuse the project.
An energy company has been accused of ignoring the views of Brodsworth Parish Council over plans to build a nearby wind farm. Coun Phil Amson has raised the issue ahead of a meeting tomorrow, which could see the scheme for five 125-metre wind turbines at Hampole given the go ahead. ...But Coun Amson says he is angry the company has failed to meet with the council to talk about the issue.