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!
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:-
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:-
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
Eric Pickles has been accused of killing off the wind turbine industry after turning down 10 out of 12 applications in the past year. In total, Mr Pickles has intervened in 39 planning disputes about wind turbines. Gemma Grimes, director of onshore renewables at RenewableUK, said: “By doing this, he’s undermining the fundamental principles of England’s impartial planning process. Frankly, his intervention looks political, and that’s unnerving to developers of all infrastructure projects.” Meanwhile, RSPB Scotland is campaigning against a proposal from SSE to put up 47 turbines on an area of north Sutherland currently the subject of a World Heritage Site application.
The West Lancs site is on prime high grade agricultural land so the building of wind turbines there is simply inappropriate
With thanks to the LGiU for this story.
I took this photo back in 2009 and came across it recently. It is also on my flickr site:-
A far better place for wind turbines than the land between Ince Blundell and Lydiate! Keep in touch with the HALT campaign against the Blackpool Tower sized turbines proposed for the local high grade agricultural land at:-
And see Lydiate Parish Council’s concerns at:-
STOP PRESS – Pickles rejects Somerset wind farm plans
Plans for four wind turbines at West Huntspill in Somerset have been rejected by Eric Pickles who said “the harm that this scheme would cause to the landscape and visual impact outweighed the benefits.”
From BBC News
The HALT campaign group were presenting details of their fight against 24 Blackpool Tower sized wind turbines on land between Lydiate and Ince Blundell to Lydiate Parish Council last Tuesday.
Lydiate Parish Council has already made a financial contribution towards the group’s expenses. Here are a couple of photos from the presentation.
Maghull’s own Colin Reader speaking to the Council – Colin is also a prominent local Green Belt campaigner.
Left to right, Cllr. Dave Russell, Cllr. Tony Fenton, Kevin Sharpe of HALT, Colin Reader, Cllr. Edie Pope and all but cut out of the photo Cllr. Andrew Blackburn (sorry Andrew).
With thanks to the Local Government Information Unit for pointing out this story.
The number of onshore wind farms granted planning permission has risen by two thirds in the past three years. Figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change showed that last year 141 onshore wind farms were given planning permission, compared with 83 in 2010. The figures also showed a significant rise in the number of solar farms granted approval by councils, up from nine in 2010 to 141 last year.
The Daily Telegraph, Page: 6
This is interesting, relevant and worrying in equal measure because of the plans to build a large wind farm on land in West Lancashire between Lydiate and Ince Blundell that community action group HALT is opposing and on which I have commented many times before.
I am not opposed to wind farms generally but this West Lancashire site is comprised of some of the highest grade agricultural land in the UK; simply not the place to use for anything else but growing food.
Keep in touch with things by visiting HALT’s excellent web site:-