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This message is from Wind Wise Radio who started the petition “First Minister Alex Salmond: Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland’s scenic landscapes.”

For information, the petition has just passed 600 signatures, and we would appreciate your help to quickly DOUBLE that number.

Please take a minute to send details of this petition to just one of your friends who you believe will support this cause. Ask them to please sign the petition. (Has your significant other signed?)

Remember: Scotland’s natural beauty is under siege and may be irrevocably destroyed in the next 18 months. Soon there may not be a hilltop in Scotland without a view of turbines.

Local planners across Scotland are being overwhelmed by get-rich-quick wind prospectors submitting permit applications. An average of 6 applications every day! Figures obtained by the Scottish Tories under the Freedom of Information Act show 5,528 applications have been made since May 2007, seven times more than under the previous Labour-led administration. One local authority, Aberdeenshire, has received more than 1,000 planning applications over this period, while a series of other rural councils have experienced a 14-fold increase since the SNP came to power. Over 80% of large projects are being approved, even if local communities are opposed. Just two days ago, a major hurdle to turbines on the hills above Loch Ness was overcome when the planning board refused to object (without even visiting the site).

Please click here to view and sign the petition

Thank you again from the folks at Wind Wise Radio

Calderdale Council takes us seriously… AT LAST! But what about Bradford?

Denholme residents have today received a letter from Calderdale Council notifying them of a new planning application… Yet it’s not as close as you might expect.

Back in February 2012, Banks Renewables applied to Bradford Metropolitan District Council for planning permission for a 60m wind mast only HALF A MILE from the homes situated in Denholme Gate, yet they were not informed about it, as
Bradford Council said they were not ‘immediate’ neighbours of the proposed site.

As a result, imagine the surprise when local residents opened a letter from Calderdale Council this morning, informing them of a planning application for an even bigger 80m wind mast, but this time it is over 2 miles away on Ovenden Moor.

Furthermore, this seems to be a recent change in tactic by Calderdale Council, bearing in mind that NO-ONE in Denholme was informed about a recent major planning application for 140% bigger turbines on the same site, which was approved at a meeting at Halifax Town Hall last month.

For more information about the wind mast planning application on Ovenden Moor, please click here.

To date, no further information has been forthcoming from the developer behind plans for 4 x 100m turbines on Thornton Moor. Banks Renewables had intimated that the wind mast, for which planning conditions were discharged by BMDC last month, would be erected before the end of 2012 and they would give plenty of notice to the local community. Lets see shall we?!?!?

Turbine Tracker Updated * Urgent Information Added*

We are pleased to confirm that our Turbine Tracker Has today been updated to include all up to date applications and decisions as of 23/11/2012.

Some of the most important updates include:-

  1. New Planning Application for a 35m turbine at the rear of the Ring O’ Bells Public House in Thornton;
  2. New Planning Application for a 25m turbine at Upper Fold Farm, off Bradshaw Lane in Halifax;
  3. Refusal of 2 turbines on Sawood Lane near Thornton Moor Reservoir;
  4. Approval of a 20m turbine at Bridle Stile Lane, Queensbury.

Full details of these changes can be seen by simply clicking on the turbine you are interested in.  Most icons also have a website link which will take you to the planning application page for that turbine.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

New 115m turbines on Ovenden Moor given planning consent

 

The Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are disappointed to announce that plans to repower the Ovenden Moor Windfarm were today given the go-ahead by Calderdale Council.

Despite receiving 108 letters of objection from all over the world, and fierce opposition by ourselves and the Bronte Society, the Calderdale Council Planning Panel voted unanimously in favour of replacing the 23 smaller turbines with 9 larger industrial turbines which will be 140% bigger.

The Bronte Society have expressed their ‘disappointment’ at today’s decision via a press release this afternoon which was published on their blog which reads 
"We feel that this decision demonstrates a lack of consideration for a unique heritage landscape which has internationally renowned cultural associations. It shows, also, an insensitive disregard for the negative impact upon the environment and upon the local economy of Haworth and the area known as Brontë Country."

The plans will now need to be put before the Secretary of State for further approval before construction commences.

As a local community campaigning against plans for another windfarm on Thornton Moor which adjoins Ovenden Moor, TMWAG are also disappointed that this scheme has been granted permission.  We find it unacceptable that turbines so large will be allowed to be erected to close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and that a further 40,000 tonnes of concrete will be injected into this moorland,  over and above the concrete that will be left in the ground once the old turbines have been removed.  We also share the concerns of the Bronte Society with regards to visual impact in the local area, from both a tourism aspect, and that of local residents who will have to suffer the impact of these machines.

Here in the Denholme, Thornton and Queensbury areas, we are currently seeing a dramatic increase in the number of wind turbines being erected, be them small turbines on school premises or larger turbines on farmland.  The landscape architect at Bradford Council has already ackowledged that we are close to ‘saturation point’ with regards to wind turbines, but no one will categorically state what that saturation point is.  As such, it seems to be a free for all, with most turbines being approved, as recent decisions for turbines at the Keelham Farm Shop and Well Heads Farm have demonstrated.

If you would like to help us in our fight against the scam that is wind energy, please visit the petition section of our website and make your voice known.  Thank you for your support.

Campaign signs vandalised in Denholme

Members of the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are appalled by recent acts of vandalism in Denholme.

4 campaign banners have been vandalised within a week, the total of which amounts to hundreds of pounds.

All the damage has been reported to West Yorkshire Police who are now investigating a few lines of enquiry. We have attached a photograph of one of the damaged banners in the hope that someone may recognise the handwriting, which is the same on all the signs that have been written on.

In the meantime, it is business as usual for the campaign, and all signs will be repaired or replaced very shortly.

If you have a prominent position on which you would be willing to display a campaign banner, please get in touch and help us fight against the industrialisation of our green belt.

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Help needed to save the Dales

The first of three planning applications which would collectively form the biggest windfarm in England has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.

The ‘Save the Dales’ Campaign is urging people to object to the proposals by the Kelda Group (Yorkshire Water) to erect 7 turbines of 100m in height, which would be in addition to the 4 already in situ at nearby Penny Pot Lane (Knabs Ridge). Furthermore, there are plans to erect an additional 25 in the same area, thus creating THE LARGEST ONSHORE WIND FARM IN ENGLAND, with some of the turbines being as high as 125m.

This giant wind farm will be on the very edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Washburn Valley, west of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. On very high ground, the combined wind farm will spoil many treasured Yorkshire Dales vistas for ten of miles around, as well as being dominant from, or to the wider settings and approaches to, the charming villages and hamlets of Kettlesing, Beckwithshaw, High Birstwith, Darley, Norwood, Fewson, Felliscliffe, Riply, Nidd and Burnt Yates to name but a few. The massive wind turbines will also be visible from a host of listed buildings, parks and gardens that are the jewels set within the crown of the stunning unspoilt countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and its wider surroundings; many parts of the spa town of Harrogate will have the wind turbines as a backdrop. They will also be visible from parts of the Dales National Park and Moors National Park.

Please click here to go to the Harrogate Borough Council planning application or click here to be taken to the campaign website.

Your invitation to Family Open Days at Ovenden Moor Windfarm

E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Ltd are holding family open days at their Ovenden Moor Windfarm ahead of their planning application for larger 115m wind turbines at the site.

Visitors are invited to the event on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July 2012 between 10am and 16:30pm where as well as taking a tour of the Windfarm, they will be able to go inside one of the existing 48m structures which would be removed if planning was granted, and replaced by new larger turbines which would be almost 2.5 times the height of the existing ones.

This is your opportunity to address the people responsible for wanting to tear up our precious moorland ONCE MORE. Doing it 20 years ago was bad enough, but to come back with the intention of injecting another 40,000 tonnes of concrete into the ground is adding insult to injury, literally.

For more information, or to book your place, please click here for more information.

You may also find it useful to see our last blog on the subject of the repowering of the Ovenden Moor Windfarm by clicking here.

Parliament requests submissions on the economics of wind power

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold a public evidence session on the Economics of Wind Power at 10.00 am on Tuesday 10 July.

The Committee invites short submissions of evidence with a limit of two A4 sides (see ‘Notes on Submissions’ below). These may contain references or links to other documents and material but should briefly set out the key points.

Evidence should be submitted by 5pm on 27 June. Submissions should contain an indication of whether or not you would like to give oral evidence to the Committee.

Witnesses for the session will be selected on the basis of the submissions received and will be notified on 3 July as to whether they will be called.

The Committee is particularly interested in the following, although written submission need not address all, or be confined to, these questions:

What do cost benefit analyses tell us about onshore and offshore wind compared with other measures to cut carbon?

What do the latest assessments tell us about the costs of generating electricity from wind power compared to other methods of generating electricity?

How do the costs of onshore wind compare to offshore wind?

What are the costs of building new transmission links to wind farms in remote areas and how are these accounted for in cost assessments of wind power?

What are the costs associated with providing back up capacity for when the wind isn’t blowing, and how are these accounted for in cost assessments of wind power?

How much support does wind power receive compared with other forms of renewable energy?

Is it possible to estimate how much consumers pay towards supporting wind power in the UK? (i.e. separating out from other renewables)

What lessons can be learned from other countries?

What methods could be used to make onshore wind more acceptable to communities that host them?

Tim Yeo MP, Chair of the Committee, said: “Government policy on wind power should be based on sound economics and engineering, not political pressure from a small vocal minority – whether that be green campaigners or anti-wind protestors.

In this session we want to cut through all the hot air talked about wind power and examine whether the economics really add up.

Wind farms are over forty times less polluting than gas burning power stations – per unit of energy produced – but there are concerns about the costs to consumers.

We will be asking if the Chancellor is right to consider cutting onshore wind power subsidies? And how much these subsidies really add to our electricity bills?

Does it really make financial sense to generate low-carbon electricity from wind? Or are there cheaper ways to cut carbon emissions from our power stations?”

The Committee is participating in a visit to the London Array and Gunfleet Sands Windfarms on 13 June.

Notes on Submissions

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format, please do not use PDF format, and sent by e-mail to ecc@parliament.uk. The e-mail should make clear which organisation or individual the submission is from and include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. Any hard copies should be sent to: The Clerk, Energy and Climate Change Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. The deadline is 5pm on 27 June.

Submissions should be no longer than two A4 sides. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary.

Submissions should be original work written for the Committee, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Win an Ashley Jackson Limited Edition, or a day for 4 at Bradford City

20120530-213718.jpgAshley Jackson, the watercolorist who contacted us back in April to pledge his support to our campaign, has kindly agreed to donate a limited edition of ‘Top Withens’.

The following is an extract taken from Ashley’s website:-

"To celebrate 50 years in the profession as an artist, I am very excited to be able to share with you the first showing of ‘Wuthering Heights’, a painting and location that are very close to my heart."

Therefore, Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are very proud to announce that we will be running a prize draw and will be offering this magnificent piece of artwork as our first ever prize alongside other prizes which have also been donated, including the use of a Bradford City Football Club corporate box for up to 4 people at Valley Parade, courtesy of SP Insurance Services Ltd and a Collection of Usborne Childrens Books worth £50, courtesy of Anthea Orchard, your local Usborne Books Representative

To be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prizes, including the limited edition Ashley Jackson piece worth £325, all you have to do is make a donation to our ‘Fighting Fund’.  As a thank you for your donation, for every £10 you donate, you will be allocated a share for the prize draw, so the more you donate, the greater the chance you will have of winning.  Simples!!

There will be no closing date for donations.  Instead we have set a fundraising target that we would like to reach. Once this target has been reached, we will announce the winner.

If you would like to make a donation via paypal, please click on the donations tab at the top of the screen.  Otherwise. please email us for our postal address to which you can send cheques.  We also welcome anyone wishing to set up a regular standing order, as our fundraising efforts will need to continue for some time (unfortunately!)  Please ask us for our bank details.

In the meatime our heartfelt gratitude goes to our generous benefactors for donating such generous prizes to our campaign.

If you cannot wait to get your hands on some of Ashley’s work, you can visit his studio in Holmfirth, or go to his website www.ashley-jackson.co.uk

Calling all photographers!!

Do you have a special photograph of Thornton Moor that you would like including on our gallery? Old or recent, professional or amateur, we would love to see your take on what this area means to you.

Please e-mail your photos to info@sayno2windfarm.org.uk

If you do not approve of your photos being published, shared or used for our campaign materials, please add a copyright marking to your photos before emailing them to us.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your pics!!!

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