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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Campaign to keep Scotland Bonny

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

Thornton Moor Windfarm Update

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?!?!?

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?!?!?