Hyndburn councillor vows to ‘vigorously’ oppose four new turbines

Hyndburn councillor vows to ‘vigorously’ oppose four new turbines

Hyndburn councillor vows to ‘vigorously’ oppose four new turbines

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THE developer of Oswaldtwistle Moor’s controversial wind farm has announced plans to extend it by a third.

EnergieKontor said it will create dozens of new jobs if it is given permission to build another four 120-metre high turbines, taking the total to 12.

But local councillor Peter Britcliffe, who was vehemently opposed to the original farm being built, said he will ‘campaign vigorously’ against the new plans, which will be subject to planning per- mission.

The wind farm, off Haslingden Road, generated enough electricity to power more than 24,400 homes between March last year and February, Energie-Kontor said.

It said four new turbines would generate enough renewable energy to power more than 8,000 more homes.

Project manager Sam Dewar said: “Hyndburn has been identified as an ideal location for a wind farm due to many contributory factors.

“Power produced by the site will not only be limitless, but also clean and environmentally friendly, benefiting the local community.“ The Lancashire Telegraph revealed last week how funds from the site had benefited local community groups to the tune of £100,000, and the company said the latest application, which will be made in June, would bring in another £40,000.

But Coun Britcliffe said residents were likely to be angered by the plans, with many suffering from television reception problems linked to the existing wind farm.

He said: “We have enough, if not more than enough, and I will campaign vig-orously against the wind farm being extended.

“We have beautiful moorland in Oswaldtwistle which is being desecrated by these wind farms.

“I’m sure a lot of people who have suffered inter-ference on their television pictures, and think the countryside is being blighted, will feel very strongly about this.”

The firm’s plans will be displayed at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, in Union Road, from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, June 3, and at Accrington Library, from Thursday, June 5.

A public open day is also being planned for the summer.

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12:58pm Fri 23 May 14

vicn1956 says...

And yet a nearby farm couldn't have a windmill as it would interfere with MOD air traffic control.
Needs explaining to alleviate suspicions!
And yet a nearby farm couldn't have a windmill as it would interfere with MOD air traffic control. Needs explaining to alleviate suspicions! vicn1956
  • Score: 7

5:10pm Fri 23 May 14

moxhie says...

That's funny .

Before Britcliffe and his cronies were kicked out of office , when he could have done something about the turbines now on Oswadtwistle moors ,
he was uncharacteristically silent about them .

He was NOT vigorously opposed them them .

If he was let's see some times , dates , words (spoken or written) as evidence of this vigorous opposition .

I await in eager anticipation .
That's funny . Before Britcliffe and his cronies were kicked out of office , when he could have done something about the turbines now on Oswadtwistle moors , he was uncharacteristically silent about them . He was NOT vigorously opposed them them . If he was let's see some times , dates , words (spoken or written) as evidence of this vigorous opposition . I await in eager anticipation . moxhie
  • Score: 9

5:12pm Fri 23 May 14

moxhie says...

That's funny .

Before Britcliffe and his cronies were kicked out of office , when he could have done something about the turbines now on Oswaldtwistle moors ,
he was uncharacteristically silent about them .

He was NOT vigorously opposed to them .

If he was let's see some times , dates , words (spoken or written) as evidence of this vigorous opposition .
That's funny . Before Britcliffe and his cronies were kicked out of office , when he could have done something about the turbines now on Oswaldtwistle moors , he was uncharacteristically silent about them . He was NOT vigorously opposed to them . If he was let's see some times , dates , words (spoken or written) as evidence of this vigorous opposition . moxhie
  • Score: 7

9:30am Sat 24 May 14

lancsroy says...

wind turbines or a big power station
me thinks turbines look better
wind turbines or a big power station me thinks turbines look better lancsroy
  • Score: 3

3:32pm Sat 24 May 14

vicn1956 says...

For every £1 of power generated they are given a £2 subsidy.
Bargain. For the owners and landowners. Not the consumer.
For every £1 of power generated they are given a £2 subsidy. Bargain. For the owners and landowners. Not the consumer. vicn1956
  • Score: 4

10:03pm Tue 10 Jun 14

dieseldemon says...

I really do fail to see the issue here. investment in renewable energy is being opposed yet people are more than happy to let destructive, poisonous fracking operations take place take place. lets have more wind turbines and solar farms please, and tell the rest to FRACK OFF!
I really do fail to see the issue here. investment in renewable energy is being opposed yet people are more than happy to let destructive, poisonous fracking operations take place take place. lets have more wind turbines and solar farms please, and tell the rest to FRACK OFF! dieseldemon
  • Score: -1

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