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Cliviger residents in fight against windfarm plan

VILLAGERS are objecting to plans for a 55-metre high wind turbine on a farm near their homes.

Ken Tyson wants to install the single turbine at Causewayside Farm, in Long Causeway, Cliviger, and has sent the plans to Burnley Council.

But people who live nearby fear it will cast a large shadow across the landscape and spoil the visual merits of the area.

Cliviger Parish Council is now lodging an official objection to the plans.

Coal Clough Wind Farm, which consists of 24 turbines, has stood on the moors above Cliviger since 1992.

Earlier this year the Government introduced a ‘feed-in tariff’, which pays owners of small scale renewable energy devices a fixed premium for every unit of electricity generated.

Mr Tyson’s turbine would generate enough energy for his own farm and would also be connected to the National Grid, earning him money.

Villagers discussed the plans at a meeting of Cliviger Parish Council on Friday.

After the meeting Coun Michael Heys said: “Due to the strong public objection the parish council had to put in an objection raising concerns brought up by members of the public.

“Personally I think the gentleman who has put the application in could site the turbine more sensitively because where he is proposing to put it is right on the skyline.”

Mr Tyson’s turbine would be bigger than those at Coal Clough.

Coun Heys accused Burnley Council’s planning officers of not consulting with enough people.

He said: “It’s going to have a huge visual impact on residents in Cliviger, not just those at the meeting, but those in Red Lees Road who probably don’t even know this has gone in.

“They can’t accuse residents of being NIMBYs because at the end of the day there are enough turbines here and they don’t have such a huge visual impact.”

Coun David Heginbotham added: “The residents are up in arms because of the visual impact. Somebody has mentioned shadows from the turbines.

“I am all in favour of renewable energy but this is a very delicate one because I can understand the feelings of the residents.”

Attempts to contact Mr Tyson yesterday were unsuccessful.

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10:05am Tue 23 Aug 11

Norm de Plume says...

The wind turbine would only provide enough energy for the farm when the wind is blowing.
The wind turbine would only provide enough energy for the farm when the wind is blowing. Norm de Plume
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10:44am Tue 23 Aug 11

useyourhead says...

Norm de Plume wrote:
The wind turbine would only provide enough energy for the farm when the wind is blowing.
which in this country is probably about 340 days a year, well worth putting one in I would say.
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I would much rather have a shadow as my complaint than the risks and by-products of the various other energy sources.
[quote][p][bold]Norm de Plume[/bold] wrote: The wind turbine would only provide enough energy for the farm when the wind is blowing.[/p][/quote]which in this country is probably about 340 days a year, well worth putting one in I would say. - I would much rather have a shadow as my complaint than the risks and by-products of the various other energy sources. useyourhead
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10:56am Tue 23 Aug 11

Norm de Plume says...

Not all the wind is usable, being too strong or too weak, or at the wrong time. You can't store electricity that isn't being used. The average load factor of a wind turbine is c.24%. Hence you still need the other energy sources.
Not all the wind is usable, being too strong or too weak, or at the wrong time. You can't store electricity that isn't being used. The average load factor of a wind turbine is c.24%. Hence you still need the other energy sources. Norm de Plume
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10:56am Tue 23 Aug 11

happycyclist says...

A 55-metre high turbine? I should hope it DOES provide enough electricity for one farm!
He could (and probably should) supply all his moaning neighbours as well and still make money selling the surplus to the national grid.
A 55-metre high turbine? I should hope it DOES provide enough electricity for one farm! He could (and probably should) supply all his moaning neighbours as well and still make money selling the surplus to the national grid. happycyclist
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4:38pm Tue 23 Aug 11

211212 says...

It sounds like a load of huffing and puffing over nothing,get a grip people this new sky line of the future is here to stay and the more you huff and puff about it the more they will put up or keep huffing and puffing and save our kids from nuclear fall out.
It sounds like a load of huffing and puffing over nothing,get a grip people this new sky line of the future is here to stay and the more you huff and puff about it the more they will put up or keep huffing and puffing and save our kids from nuclear fall out. 211212
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9:15am Thu 25 Aug 11

bikerjohn_uk says...

happycyclist wrote:
A 55-metre high turbine? I should hope it DOES provide enough electricity for one farm!
He could (and probably should) supply all his moaning neighbours as well and still make money selling the surplus to the national grid.
Er, well seeing as any surplus IS returned to the National Grid, he will be supplying his neighbours, won't he? That said, given that the proposed location of said turbine is smack bang in the middle of a significant archaeological site I don't that that there's much chance of the proposal succeeding...
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: A 55-metre high turbine? I should hope it DOES provide enough electricity for one farm! He could (and probably should) supply all his moaning neighbours as well and still make money selling the surplus to the national grid.[/p][/quote]Er, well seeing as any surplus IS returned to the National Grid, he will be supplying his neighbours, won't he? That said, given that the proposed location of said turbine is smack bang in the middle of a significant archaeological site I don't that that there's much chance of the proposal succeeding... bikerjohn_uk
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11:11am Thu 25 Aug 11

jessjade says...

get a life,fossel fuels will not be around for ever stick 200 up there
get a life,fossel fuels will not be around for ever stick 200 up there jessjade
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4:30pm Sat 27 Aug 11

Molly2901 says...

Good on you Mr Tyson go for it
The Truth is people don`t have problems with the size of turbines,looking at turbines or changes we need to make to reduce our carbon emmissions BUT THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE ISSUES THINKING PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF ARE GOING TO MAKE A FORTUNE
All the objectors should just stop for a minute and think where the electicity is coming from to supply there laptops and computers while they are writing there objections
Good on you Mr Tyson go for it The Truth is people don`t have problems with the size of turbines,looking at turbines or changes we need to make to reduce our carbon emmissions BUT THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE ISSUES THINKING PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF ARE GOING TO MAKE A FORTUNE All the objectors should just stop for a minute and think where the electicity is coming from to supply there laptops and computers while they are writing there objections Molly2901
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