Lower Alt wind turbines meeting

A Public meeting will be held at Ince Blundell Village Hall on Monday 4th January 2016 at 20.00hrs in relation to the recent planning application for wind turbines in the Lower Alt area by Coriolis.

Tories are ‘green’? No but they think we are!

I want this to be the ‘greenest government ever’ trumpeted Cameron when the Coalition Government came to power in 2010.

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Well yes it was probably a reasonable aspiration back then but only because the Lib Dems forced the Tories down a credible ‘green’ route.

However, since the Tories were given an overall majority by the electorate in 2015 they have done nothing but row back on all the environmental steps forward made in the previous 5 years ‘over their dead body’ by those bastard green Lib Dems.

Instead of ratcheting up the green policies as we need to do to save our world from environmental catastrophe they have been doing just the opposite! At best sitting back and saying we will reach our green targets (which were too low to start with) and at worst putting future generations at huge risk of that environmental catastrophe in its many forms. And all because Tory leaders think that Tory voters don’t care much for environmental issues and Cameron’s wafer thin House of Commons majority only cares about making the rich richer.

This is what the Lib Dems wanted to do to tackle climate change at the 2015 general election.

Five green laws:

A Nature Bill: key measures include legal targets for biodiversity, clean air, clean water and access to green space, extending the Right to Roam and establishing new marine and coastal reserves.
A Heating and Energy Efficiency Bill: key measures include building on the Green Deal with a national programme to raise the energy efficiency standards for all Britain’s households. We will legislate to boost renewable and district heating programmes and heat saving standards.
A Zero Waste Britain Bill: key measures include establishing a “Stern Report” on resource use, with binding targets and a clear action plan to reduce waste and end biodegradable landfill.
A Zero Carbon Britain Bill: key measures include introducing a decarbonisation target for electricity generation, expanding the powers of the Green Investment Bank and banning electricity generated from unabated coal.
A Green Transport Bill: key measures include establishing a full network of charging points for electric cars, only allowing low emission vehicles on the roads from 2040 and reforming planning law to ensure new developments are designed around walking, cycling and public transport.

Sadly, the electorate did not agree and backed a Tory party of very different views.

Also sadly Labour hardly makes any noise about environmental/green issues at a national level these days and at a local level their ‘green’ credentials are in tatters since they decided to build on Sefton’s high grade agricultural land.

Green Belt campaigners, outside Maghull Town Hall.

Green campaigners outside Maghull Town Hall fighting against their own local authority over building on high grade agricultural land.

So who can stop the Tory’s mad policy plan to seemingly make our world a less safe place now and for certain so for future generations? One day, and that may not be very far down the track, people will say the Tory Government of 2015 – 2020 helped to cause harm instead of trying to stop harm to our world and that is a sad reflection on our times and maybe on us all collectively for allowing such a government to be elected.

We do not deliberately put our children and their children at risk yet collectively we often vote for very short-term matters whilst ignoring the far greater threats that we should be focusing on. Damn that Daily Mail way of viewing our world.

Liverpool Bay – photos from the sea

Taking a cruise from Liverpool recently gave me a personally unique opportunity to take some shots that otherwise would not be possible. Here are a selection:-

Formby Point

Formby Point

Liverpool Pilot Boat Petrel

Liverpool Pilot Boat Petrel

New Brighton and Perch Rock Lighthouse

New Brighton and Perch Rock Lighthouse

Buoy those wind turbines are big

Buoy those wind turbines are big

Crosby Coastguard Station

Crosby Coastguard Station

When a flying saucer landed in Crosby

When a flying saucer landed in Crosby – Crosby Swimming Baths

Waterloo & Seaforth Radar Tower

Waterloo & Seaforth Radar Tower

Looking down the River towards the sea

Looking down the River towards the sea

Victoria Tower

Victoria Tower – The Dockers Clock

Click on the photos to enlarge them.

These photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Lydiate/Ince Blundell/ Great Altcar – Lower Alt Wind Farm

I attended the public exhibition put on by Coriolis Energy at Lydiate Village Centre today.

Coriolis Consultation at LVC 05 08 15

Dealing with this matter is tough as surely we all want to support renewable energy such as solar or wind power, unless that is you happen to be a climate change denier.

For me the big issue is the fact that the developer wants to build the turbines on high grade agricultural land. I oppose this scarce resource being compromised because only around 2% of England’s land mass is of such high quality.

The stars on this map show where the turbines will be placed if the plans get the go ahead from West Lancs Council.

The stars on this map show where the turbines will be placed if the plans get the go ahead from West Lancs Council.

The now 12 massive turbines (down from 24 in the original proposals) will each have a footprint of their own, a permanent crane stand at the side and an access road. Added together this will undoubtedly compromise the agricultural land.

As I said I support renewable energy, we have solar panels on our house and I helped the Lib Dems push for both Maghull Town Hall and Lydiate Village Centre to be ‘green’ by solar panels being installed on those buildings too. So I don’t need to be convinced about renewable sources of energy.

Land opposite Lydiate Village Centre that is under threat of development which is presently growing food.

Land opposite Lydiate Village Centre that is under threat of development which is presently growing food.

However, compromising high grade agricultural land in any way is counter productive as it leads to us being able to grow less food thereby needing to import more food. This makes no sense to me at all and it is why I have been fighting Labour-run Sefton Council’s plans to allow house building on other areas of high grade agricultural land locally.

Sorry Coriolis I remain opposed to your development because of the high quality of agricultural land you want to construct these turbines on.

I appreciate that there are a whole host of other concerns about these proposed turbines but in this posting I have tried to focus on the major issue from my perspective as a environmental campaigner.

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