Wind Turbines – Put them out at sea not on high grade agricultural land

Firstly let me say that I am a climate change realist. It is happening and we do need to find alternative sources of energy that don’t generate CO2. Wind turbines are a part of the solution despite what the Daily Mail may say.

However, I don’t want them plonked on high grade agricultural land – that is just a daft thing to do. That’s one reason why many people have been campaigning to stop the Lower Alt Wind farm being built between Ince Blundell and Lydiate in West Lancashire.

Putting them out at sea is fine with me as is placing them in isolated areas and on moorland. But none of this is without consequences; just look at this item from the BBC web site!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30667411

The Liverpool Echo has also run a recent article about the expansion of the turbines in the sea off Crosby with increased generating capacity from 2017:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/wind-farm-extension-built-crosby-8361069

Crosby – Burbo Bank Wind Farm

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/windfarm-merseyside-coast-triple-sizenn-7838982

Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm – located five miles from Crosby beach – has been given the green light by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. See the Liverpool Echo story via the link above.

Here’s a shot I took (click on it to enlarge) with the turbines in the background as they were in March 2009:-

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Out at sea these massive turbines can look quite majestic. Certainly a better place for them than Lower Alt Wind Farm between Lydiate and Ince Blundell!

The photo is on my Flickr site at:- www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/12798007453/in/set-72157644150377769

Power of Church blocks progress – St. Mary’s Crosby

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-27406738

I must admit to being sad but not necessarily surprised by this turn of events. The BBC web site has the story.

Not having a religion means I may be accused of being biased but I genuinely felt that the Free School move by St. Mary’s was right and progressive. Sadly, progressive seems not to be on the agenda of the religious leaders who have the final say.

What a carry on – The new Sefton Central Area (Farce) Committee met in Maghull last night

Well I said from day one that it would be more like a conference than what a truly local Area Committee should be and so it proved. Just look at how many people there were in that large room and they are not all on the photo!

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Formby residents had to go all the way to Maghull to raise concerns about traffic regulation orders in their own patch which previously were dealt with in Formby.

A Crosby traffic issue was dealt with in Maghull instead of in Crosby ….. I could go on but you get my drift!

The meeting started off with many public questions about very local matters in Formby and Aintree, wind farm issues in Ince Blundell and green belt concerns just about everywhere. The worrying point was that virtually no questions got answers despite them being submitted in some cases many weeks ago. One chap said he had submitted a question to the new Area Committee 8 weeks ago but still no one was able to answer his adult care provision concerns. What’s more he is a well known senior Labour Party activist! If he can’t get the Labour Council to take note of his concerns what chance the rest of us?

Prior to the meeting there was a large lobby/protest outside the meeting venue (Maghull Town Hall) by folks wanting to stop Sefton Council allowing building on the Green Belt. What interested me was that apart from us Lib Dems no one seemed to want to engage with them at all. Here is a photo of the green belt protestors.

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I posted yesterday about the Labour members who are promoting the plan to build on the Green Belt not answering detailed questions about their Council’s plan in the public question time session of the Area (Farce) Committee but later on I was taken aback at the response a chap from Crosby got from Labour. He had come out to Maghull to quite reasonably ask that the councillors from the 4 Crosby Wards dip into their ward funds to help finance his campaign group who are trying to save Collage Road Library from Labour’s axe. He got a positive from Andrew Tonkiss a Lib Dem member of Victoria Ward but he got short shrift from a Labour member for Manor ward who seemed most put out that the chap had not contacted him personally before turning up at the Area (Farce) Committee to ask for financial support. In the end Labour, who have a large majority on the Area (Farce) Committee, wanted to take it away and give it a mull over. Wow, that is really backing a community initiative! By the way it was during that discussion that Labour members made the suggestion that money from a £1m slush fund be made available to library campaign groups when they, yes they, had all voted not to make such funds available at the recent budget meeting!

Did local democracy get a boost from that farcical Area Committee meeting last night – a resounding NO! Were Labour able to prove that the merging of the 3 former Area Committees (Formby, Crosby & Sefton East Parishes) into one huge Area Committee for everywhere outside of Bootle and Southport was a step forward – a resounding NO!