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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

Well Heads Windfarm Planning Application Withdrawn

A planning application submitted by a farm at Well Heads in Thornton for 2 more wind turbines has been withdrawn.

The new turbines proposed by ‘Wellahead Energy Ltd’, the company formed by the local landowners, would have been in addition to the one that is already operational on the same farm, and at 39m tall they would have been nearly 60% larger.

According to the Bradford Planning Department, this usually happens when an applicant has been been advised that the plans would have been refused. By withdrawing the plans, the applicant reserves the right to reapply within 12 months without having to pay the £335 application fee twice.

The Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group has welcomed this withdrawal, and is hoping that a neighbouring farm on Ten Yards Lane will follow suit and also withdraw their planning application in the near future. Many local people went out of their way to comment on these planning applications, so hopefully the applicant will think twice about reapplying.

How on earth can Denholme accept delivery of these???

A lorry which overturned on an A road in Northumberland early in the morning of Monday 28th May has caused concern to the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group.

The HGV which was carrying part of a turbine base to the Green Rigg Windfarm construction site in Ridsdale clipped the kerb on the A696 just north of Otterburn, toppling the transporter into the ditch.  The road surface was damaged as the turbine parts tumbled off the vehicle and on to adjoining land.

Read More about this particular incident at

In the meantime, this begs the question as to how Banks Renewables intend to physically get such parts to Thornton Moor.  All the major routes from the M62 have tight bends and junctions which will be impassible to a HGV carrying this size of load. 

The route from Halifax involves navigating Wrigley Hill, a tight hilly bend near Morrisons in Illingworth;  The route from the A650 in Keighley involves numerous small junctions and bends, including the small roundabout in Crossroads and the double bends in Denholme outside Hoyles Garage and the salt pile;  The route from Bradford City Centre also has tight junctions, including Four Lane Ends and the junction at the end of Thornton Road at Denholme Gate.

Furthermore, there is the issue of road safety throughout the journey of all the deliveries, as demonstrated by the recent accident in Denholme only a few months ago. 

To see some video clips of some turbine parts being transported, please click here.


Turbine Tracker Updated!

Several new additions have been made to the TMWAG Turbine Tracker, including pending planning applications for a turbine near the Flappits Pub at Cullingworth, and the 84m turbine near Dick Hudsons at Eldwick.  Please click here for more information.

Wind mast due within 2 months

Banks Renewables have confirmed that the wind mast will be erected on Thornton Moor within the next 6-8 weeks (correct as of 23rd May 2012).

Confirmation of this expected installation period was confirmed to Denholme Town Council after they wrote to the company asking the question, so they could keep residents informed.

Banks Renewables have otherwise not made any contact with anyone in the local community to inform them of the progress of their project, despite claims in all their press releases that they will “continue to keep everyone fully up-to-date” as they move towards finalising our planning application.”

New Interactive ‘Turbine Tracker’ launched

The team at TMWAG are pleased to announce the launch of our new interative ‘Turbine Tracker’.

Due to a dramatic increase in wind turbine planning applications in this area of Bradford and North Halifax (Calderdale) of late, we felt it important to find a way to convey this information to the public in a way that wouldn’t be too confusing or complicated.

We think this tool will prove invaluable as a source of information within the community.  We think EVERYONE deserves to know what is happening locally, and I think the maps speaks for itself.

If you would like to object to any of the pending applications shown by an orange marker, please click on the ‘website’ link shown in the information bubble of each marker on the map.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing


Lord Reay Bill read again in House of Lords

I am pleased to announce that Lord Reay has already taken the opportunity to resurrect the Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill.

In an e-mail sent to another windfarm action group ( back in March 2012, Lord Reay confirmed his intentions, which have also been confirmed by the website which states that the bill was read on 14th May 2012.

Please do continue to sign the petition we launched earlier this month, as this will help show support for this particular aspect of our campaigns, and hopefully the government will then find it hard to brush off.

Putting the record straight:- Bronte Windfarm objections are no ‘Myth’!!!!!


Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are furious over an article that was published by the Yorkshire Post last week with the headline ‘Lets blow away myths that surround Bronte windfarm’.

The article has been written as an onslaught to everyone fighting against windfarms, not just the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group. In fact our beautiful Moor is only mentioned a couple of times. Knowing how contentious our campaign has become, Phil Dyke has tried to use our ‘brand’ to buy himself readers.

In the instances where Thornton Moor has been mentioned, the claims made by Phil Dyke are just his opinions, and i have no doubt that they have been formed upon his belief that the proposed wind farm will make him, and Yorkshire Water alot of money!

Firstly, he claims that Thornton Moor is a ‘carefully designed and sensibly sited onshore wind farm’, followed by his second claim that it is also ‘appropriately sited’. We ask you Mr Phil Dyke, what makes you qualified to make these claims? After all, you don’t know the area and you and your ‘professional’ chums are hardly impartial, and yes, I am referring to those assisting you within the local council and university in that statement too.

Furthermore, to say that ‘protections are inherent in the planning system’ to ensure windfarms are sited appropriately is a joke, in fact I would say completely the opposite after the introduction of the new Bradford Local Development Frame Core Strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework, in which presumption is in favour of renewable energy, as demonstrated on 11th April when planning was granted for a 60m wind mast on green belt land on Thornton Moor.

The full page article published as part of the ‘Features and Analysis’ section looks to have been written by Phil Dyke, development manager for Banks Renewables, who also interestingly enough, also attended the fourth annual Yorkshire Post Environment Awards earlier that week at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.

The ‘glittering awards ceremony’, which was also partly sponsored by Banks Renewables, was also attended by Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who gave the keynote address.

Ovenden Moor turbine foundations to be left in the Moor after decommission

Ovenden Moor Windfarm Repowering

Plan for Ovenden Moor Windfarm Repowering

A scoping report recently published by Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd has revealed that the concrete foundations of the existing 23, soon-to-be decommissioned turbines will remain in situ, along with the underground cables, albeit covered with topsoil.

The new turbines, measuring 115m tall and almost 2 and a half times the height of the existing turbines, will require brand new foundations 2.6m deep, and measuring 25m x 25m, along with new access tracks, anenometer and substation.


Just a Few of The Facts:-

  • Each of the new foundations will take almost 4,000 tonnes of concrete to fill, meaning overall more than 35,000 tonnes of fresh concrete will be injected into the moorland.
  • It will take over 200 HGV movements to deliver enough concrete for each turbine foundation, meaning there will be nearly 2,000 HGV movements in total for all 9 turbine bases (double this up again to include the movements when leaving the site too).
  • There will be as many movements again to remove the soil arising from the excavation of the moorland (if they don’t use it on site).

Full details of the plans to be submitted by YWPL, a joint venture between Energy Power Resources Ltd (EPRL) and E.ON Climate and Renewables (E.ON), has recently been published on their website and can be viewed by clicking here.

TMWAG will be making comment once we have throroughly studied the document.  Already we can see that the residential properties at Denholme Gate have not been used as a viewpoint, even though they are some of the closest houses to the windfarm.

Should you wish to make comment on this document, please contact Beatrice Haigh at Calderdale Council by emailing or telephone (01422) 392257.

Wind blows cold for Banks… brrrrrrr!

Loch Lomond

A proposed wind farm in the heart of Scotland has been put on the back burner today by Banks Renewables, the same developer behind plans for the Thornton Moor Windfarm, amid revelations that the site is not windy enough!


The 10 turbines proposed for Ard Ghoath would be 115 metres tall and located next to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, North East of Glasgow. Our sister action group, Endrick Valley Action Group (EVAG) have published a letter sent to local council members by Banks Renewables informing them that they are postponing the full planning application for the wind farm which was meant to be submitted in June 2012.


Banks erected a 60m wind mast in the area late last year, the mast being the same size as the one proposed for Thornton Moor. However, in only 3 months, the data collected by the wind mast has shown "much lower average wind speeds than expected by the (Banks) team."

Please click here to read the letter on the EVAG Facebook page.