Protests planned over ‘downgraded’ East Lancashire windfarm

First published in Belthorn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

PLANS for a windfarm on Oswaldtwistle Moors are expected to include measures to enhance the wetlands.

The initial bid to site 24 turbines on Haslingden and Oswaldtwistle moors was downgraded to a 12 turbine application on the Oswaldtwistle site only, but remains controversial with Belthorn vllagers planning public meetings and protests.

Now applicants Energie Kontor say it expects to submit an application in October and has announced a range of measures which it says will restore the moorland by re-wetting the peatland.

The company has also announced the launch of a project website where residents can get up-to-date information on how plans are progressing and on the ongoing public consultation.

Newly released details also include a ‘Community Fund’ of approximately £100,000 which will be donated to Hyndburn environmental charity, the Prospects Foundation, during the 25-year lifetime of the windfarm.

Energie Kontor say it is currently in discussions with Natural England, Lancashire County Council and Hyndburn Borough Council to agree a ’Moor Restoration and Manage-ment Plan’.

But resident and objector to the plans Stuart Kaufman said: “It’s just not worth the damage and stress that it will cause.

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“Peatlands take thousands of years to be restored, you can’t just re-wet it. It doesn’t solve problems such as noise.”

The firm says the peat on Oswaldtwistle Moor is shallow as much of it in the past has been artificially drained.

It says it is currently of relatively-low ecological value but that it can be restored by removing grazing in the short term and introducing a series of measures to re-wet the peatland.

The firm has also pledged to undertake regular monitoring to ensure the quality of moor improves during the lifetime of the wind farm.

UK general manager, Peter Harrison, said that “We are pleased with the overall public response as many local people understand the importance of renewable energy in averting climate change.

“They recognise that a wind farm on Oswaldtwistle Moor will make an important contribution towards reducing the dependency on environmentally harmful fossil fuels.”

Visit the project website at the address below.

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3:59pm Mon 27 Jul 09

Silent Majority says...

"Newly released details also include a ‘Community Fund’ of approximately £100,000 which will be donated to Hyndburn environmental charity, the Prospects Foundation, during the 25-year lifetime of the windfarm." - £4K a year! Good business. The cynical would consider this "donation" as good value for money to ensure Prospects' support.
"Newly released details also include a ‘Community Fund’ of approximately £100,000 which will be donated to Hyndburn environmental charity, the Prospects Foundation, during the 25-year lifetime of the windfarm." - £4K a year! Good business. The cynical would consider this "donation" as good value for money to ensure Prospects' support. Silent Majority
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5:14pm Mon 27 Jul 09

pip-pip says...

Re Silent Majority's comments- - I am furiously scratching about to find the Glossy brochure they produced to publicise their useless windmills. I have an idea it was £100,000 PER YEAR to Prospects. I understand Prospects were rushing round to employ another full time staff member on the back of this largesse. Can’t see them doing that on £4000 per year.

Of course let us not forget that these foreign companies are being subsidised by the taxpayer through a levy on increased power bills. In other words they are taking money out of all our pockets and handing it back to the ‘community’ tree huggers.
Guess who will be supporting the windfarm? In another situation this would be called bribery and corruption. Of course if you can tag it with reduced CO2, environmental or climate change, principles go out the window.

Re Silent Majority's comments- - I am furiously scratching about to find the Glossy brochure they produced to publicise their useless windmills. I have an idea it was £100,000 PER YEAR to Prospects. I understand Prospects were rushing round to employ another full time staff member on the back of this largesse. Can’t see them doing that on £4000 per year. Of course let us not forget that these foreign companies are being subsidised by the taxpayer through a levy on increased power bills. In other words they are taking money out of all our pockets and handing it back to the ‘community’ tree huggers. Guess who will be supporting the windfarm? In another situation this would be called bribery and corruption. Of course if you can tag it with reduced CO2, environmental or climate change, principles go out the window. pip-pip
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5:34pm Mon 27 Jul 09

pip-pip says...

It's very satisfying to be proved right. The windy website, address above in the Community Fund section - quote" The amount of funding proposed is proportional to the potential generating capacity of the wind farm development that may be granted planning permission. This means that the amount contributed each year is fixed (with an annual inflation increase) and not dependent on the actual amount of energy generated. The amount proposed is £3,500 per installed megawatt and on the basis of the current proposal the fund will exceed £100,000 per year for the life of the development – at least 25 years."

In other words they are money laundering, and I suggest attempting to influence the planning regime in a way that any other company doingthe same thing would probably be having a collar felt by Inspector Knacker.
They give their selvs away in the opening line "Although not something that can be taken into account by the Council when making its decision on the planning application, if the Hyndburn Wind Farm proposal is built,..."

Of course £100,000 per year for 25 years is an extremely attractive gravey train. Climb abord folks this is my ticket to a comfy pension!!!
Of course we will all be in the dark and powerless cause the wind will never be able to provide anywhere near the projected power these people promise.


It's very satisfying to be proved right. The windy website, address above in the Community Fund section - quote" The amount of funding proposed is proportional to the potential generating capacity of the wind farm development that may be granted planning permission. This means that the amount contributed each year is fixed (with an annual inflation increase) and not dependent on the actual amount of energy generated. The amount proposed is £3,500 per installed megawatt and on the basis of the current proposal the fund will exceed £100,000 per year for the life of the development – at least 25 years." In other words they are money laundering, and I suggest attempting to influence the planning regime in a way that any other company doingthe same thing would probably be having a collar felt by Inspector Knacker. They give their selvs away in the opening line "Although not something that can be taken into account by the Council when making its decision on the planning application, if the Hyndburn Wind Farm proposal is built,..." Of course £100,000 per year for 25 years is an extremely attractive gravey train. Climb abord folks this is my ticket to a comfy pension!!! Of course we will all be in the dark and powerless cause the wind will never be able to provide anywhere near the projected power these people promise. pip-pip
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5:54pm Mon 27 Jul 09

Silent Majority says...

pip-pip wrote:
It's very satisfying to be proved right. The windy website, address above in the Community Fund section - quote" The amount of funding proposed is proportional to the potential generating capacity of the wind farm development that may be granted planning permission. This means that the amount contributed each year is fixed (with an annual inflation increase) and not dependent on the actual amount of energy generated. The amount proposed is £3,500 per installed megawatt and on the basis of the current proposal the fund will exceed £100,000 per year for the life of the development – at least 25 years."

In other words they are money laundering, and I suggest attempting to influence the planning regime in a way that any other company doingthe same thing would probably be having a collar felt by Inspector Knacker.
They give their selvs away in the opening line "Although not something that can be taken into account by the Council when making its decision on the planning application, if the Hyndburn Wind Farm proposal is built,..."

Of course £100,000 per year for 25 years is an extremely attractive gravey train. Climb abord folks this is my ticket to a comfy pension!!!
Of course we will all be in the dark and powerless cause the wind will never be able to provide anywhere near the projected power these people promise.


pip-pip :Thanks for the correction - it reads ambiguously in the article.
[quote][p][bold]pip-pip[/bold] wrote: It's very satisfying to be proved right. The windy website, address above in the Community Fund section - quote" The amount of funding proposed is proportional to the potential generating capacity of the wind farm development that may be granted planning permission. This means that the amount contributed each year is fixed (with an annual inflation increase) and not dependent on the actual amount of energy generated. The amount proposed is £3,500 per installed megawatt and on the basis of the current proposal the fund will exceed £100,000 per year for the life of the development – at least 25 years." In other words they are money laundering, and I suggest attempting to influence the planning regime in a way that any other company doingthe same thing would probably be having a collar felt by Inspector Knacker. They give their selvs away in the opening line "Although not something that can be taken into account by the Council when making its decision on the planning application, if the Hyndburn Wind Farm proposal is built,..." Of course £100,000 per year for 25 years is an extremely attractive gravey train. Climb abord folks this is my ticket to a comfy pension!!! Of course we will all be in the dark and powerless cause the wind will never be able to provide anywhere near the projected power these people promise. [/p][/quote]pip-pip :Thanks for the correction - it reads ambiguously in the article. Silent Majority
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10:06am Sun 9 Aug 09

tosh103 says...

I can see turbines from my front window and dont mind them one bit!! Mat be the people from surrounding areas should
boycot the bussinesses of belthorn ie their pubs(dog inn), builders ect ect
if they want to be so self sufficient!! let them be If they dont want to help the res of the world in
reduceing green house gasses dont help them pay their mortgages bu using their bussines. May be they will
have to move then and we will no longer have them complaining. I wont be spending any money that would go in to that village
I can see turbines from my front window and dont mind them one bit!! Mat be the people from surrounding areas should boycot the bussinesses of belthorn ie their pubs(dog inn), builders ect ect if they want to be so self sufficient!! let them be If they dont want to help the res of the world in reduceing green house gasses dont help them pay their mortgages bu using their bussines. May be they will have to move then and we will no longer have them complaining. I wont be spending any money that would go in to that village tosh103
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