Campaign launched to halt Hyndburn wind turbines march

Blackburn Citizen: More wind turbines could be coming to Hyndburn More wind turbines could be coming to Hyndburn

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop more wind turbines being built in Hyndburn.

Two more turbines are planned to be built in the borough, planners revealed.

An application to erect a 77m turbine at Wooley Lane Farm in Baxenden was lodged with Hyndburn Council, while opinion was sought for a 35m turbine at Accrington Riding Centre, at Rothwell Mill Farm.

In response to the plans at the riding centre, former Rhyddings School pupil, Sharon Moss, started a ‘Save our greenbelt and wildlife’ group on the internet, which has attracted more than 140 members.

She said: “Although the wind turbine is in the early stages of planning, I am looking for as much support as possible to oppose it. It is getting to the stage where we are not going to be able to walk, relax, and enjoy any area in Accrington without having these montrous wind turbines in our faces.”

The Rothwell Mill Farm site is 65m from heritage site, Priestly Clough, and 200m from the nearest properties, documents showed.

Pictures of ducks and geese at the proposed site have been uploaded to Facebook.

Sharon added: “This wind turbine will be in their direct flight path and will have a devastating impact on their entrace, exit and landing to the lodge.

“The site is also home to a large number of bats which we are extremely concerned for.”

Feedback from Hyndburn Council said the development ‘would not have significant environmental effects.’ A document read: “Development of this nature is acceptable in principle, subject to it not having an adverse impact on visual or residential amenity.”

The council expects to receive a full application in the near future, it went on Mathew Morgan who is project manager at Whirlwind Renewables in Huddersfield, which applied for permission to build the taller turbine at Wooley Lane Farm, owned by the Cornthwaite Family, said: “The Wooley Lane Wind Turbine is not situated within any national, regional or local ecological designation.

And it will provide electricity for around 380 homes each year.

“In addition a community benefit package of £5,000 per year will be offered to the local community totalling £150,000 over the lifetime of the project. If successful, contracts of around £350,000 would be placed that we would encourage local businesses to tender for.”

Nobody was Accrington Riding Centre was immediately available for comment.

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4:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

maxcollie says...

i'll sign your petition
i'll sign your petition maxcollie

5:15pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Norm de Plume says...

Electricity for 380 homes for the 24% of the time that these expensive monstrosities work.
Electricity for 380 homes for the 24% of the time that these expensive monstrosities work. Norm de Plume

11:05pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Pan-cake says...

“In addition a community benefit package of £5,000 per year will be offered to the local community totalling £150,000 over the lifetime of the project."

So have I got this right....the Government (i.e. us - the Government doesn't have any of its own money) gives subsidies to the developers, allows them to charge an far higher price for the electricity produced v. a conventional power station. The consumer thus pays a higher price than if all power was produced conventionally and is supposed to be grateful for a 'community benefit package' which effectively returns a small part of the extra cost on our energy bills.
Prospects of course will be grateful - it will keep the green wheels turning and fund extra personnel to shuffle the papers. It would be interesting to know what percentage of these windfall grants is creamed off for administration costs
Remember this is not free money. It's part of what you are paying on your fuel bills.It's your money!!
Mr Farage, speaking at Knuzden earlier this year, said UKIP would refuse to support wind farms.
One of the very few good reasons to vote UKIP, methinks.
“In addition a community benefit package of £5,000 per year will be offered to the local community totalling £150,000 over the lifetime of the project." So have I got this right....the Government (i.e. us - the Government doesn't have any of its own money) gives subsidies to the developers, allows them to charge an far higher price for the electricity produced v. a conventional power station. The consumer thus pays a higher price than if all power was produced conventionally and is supposed to be grateful for a 'community benefit package' which effectively returns a small part of the extra cost on our energy bills. Prospects of course will be grateful - it will keep the green wheels turning and fund extra personnel to shuffle the papers. It would be interesting to know what percentage of these windfall grants is creamed off for administration costs Remember this is not free money. It's part of what you are paying on your fuel bills.It's your money!! Mr Farage, speaking at Knuzden earlier this year, said UKIP would refuse to support wind farms. One of the very few good reasons to vote UKIP, methinks. Pan-cake

12:16am Tue 10 Dec 13

wrinkles says...

I am one of those in Baxenden who is already affected by the windfarms, which means I have two aerials, both pointing to different receivers in order that I can have the use of my TV. There was a period yesterday when reception on both receivers on many channels was so bad that I switched off. Currently there are only thousands of us affected by these windfarms, but when millions are affected and not buying TV licences, the government might take heed when these "green" turbines are hurting "their" pocket..

I don't know why councils allow these windfarms because as far as I know it's always been illegal for anyone to cause interference with radio and TV reception.
I am one of those in Baxenden who is already affected by the windfarms, which means I have two aerials, both pointing to different receivers in order that I can have the use of my TV. There was a period yesterday when reception on both receivers on many channels was so bad that I switched off. Currently there are only thousands of us affected by these windfarms, but when millions are affected and not buying TV licences, the government might take heed when these "green" turbines are hurting "their" pocket.. I don't know why councils allow these windfarms because as far as I know it's always been illegal for anyone to cause interference with radio and TV reception. wrinkles

5:20pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

I visit Accrington on a regular basis to see relatives who live in Baxenden and Oswaldtwistle. I am amazed at the proliferation of wind-turbines in the two areas surrounding Accrington. Not only are they a blight on the landscape they are affecting the lives of residents. It is about time that a stop was put on such developments and the considerations of the local people taken into account. I urge all residents to speak out now before it is too late. Most applications are put in by someone trying to make easy money from their land that is usually un-productive. The next eye-sore could be next to you!
I visit Accrington on a regular basis to see relatives who live in Baxenden and Oswaldtwistle. I am amazed at the proliferation of wind-turbines in the two areas surrounding Accrington. Not only are they a blight on the landscape they are affecting the lives of residents. It is about time that a stop was put on such developments and the considerations of the local people taken into account. I urge all residents to speak out now before it is too late. Most applications are put in by someone trying to make easy money from their land that is usually un-productive. The next eye-sore could be next to you! Elegant1

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