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Controversial north Cornwall wind farm proposals to be outlined

By CG_News  |  Posted: September 03, 2013

Controversial north Cornwall wind farm proposals to be outlined
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GREEN electricity supplier Good Energy will tomorrow be outlining its controversial proposals for a wind farm in North Cornwall following a wide-ranging six-month consultation with the local community.

The Wiltshire-based company said its proposals would offer an “exceptional” range of community benefits that reflected its determination to put communities at the heart of renewable energy generation. However, there has been strong opposition from local residents.

Good Energy, which owns Delabole wind farm, is proposing 11 wind turbines near the village of Week St Mary, capable of generating enough electricity to supply 13,600 homes.

The public exhibition and community consultation event will start at 12.30 pm in the Parish Hall and run until 8.30pm.

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  • ilikecornwall  |  September 06 2013, 7:23PM

    " Hugo House, a director of Good Energy, told a group of protestors "There is nothing that you can do to stop this – it is already a done deal." " Unfortunately that sums up a great deal of the sad state of affairs... in that he is openly bragging that the Cornwall Council "planners" are in the pockets of the developers and that regardless of the supposedly democratic 'planning process' these massive corporate industrial projects that destroy the lives of local people are a simple a pre-arranged " done deal ". Apart from anything else, council planning officers can use this spurious relationship with wind farm developers as a stepping stone into a corporate job ... is there not a ex head of planning and recourses chap called Adrian Lea that is now a director at Wardell Armstring ... agents for turbine developers ? It would be funny if it were not such a disgrace and so tragic. Again... Cornwall Council and these 'planners' should be utterly ashamed at the devastation that they are causing the people of this once beautiful county. Its about time they grew some and start making a solid stand against the corporate greed and start fighting for and supporting the health, wellbeing and right to a normal noise nuisance free existence for the people who live here.

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  • didifonstone  |  September 03 2013, 3:52PM

    'Good Energy will tomorrow be outlining its controversial proposals for a wind farm in North Cornwall following a wide-ranging six-month consultation with the local community.' Unfortunately the reality is somewhat different. At Good Energy's public meeting in Week St Mary in February 2013, Hugo House, a director of Good Energy, told a group of protestors "There is nothing that you can do to stop this – it is already a done deal." At the same meeting they displayed computer-generated images of the 125 meter tall turbines next to existing electricity pylons. The National Grid has given us the exact heights of these pylons, however Good Energy's images showed their proposed turbines at between two and a half and three times smaller than they would actually be. Following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Agency Good Energy removed these images from their web sites and from their brochure. 'The Wiltshire-based company said its proposals would offer an "exceptional" range of community benefits that reflected its determination to put communities at the heart of renewable energy generation.' In April 2013, the Week St Mary Parish Council discussed the following: 'FORMING AN INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE/SUPPORT SERVICE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING STRESS, HEALTH PROBLEMS OR WORRIES ABOUT THE WEEK ST MARY RENEWABLE ENERGY PROPOSAL - There was a discussion about the negative effect that renewable energy proposals are having on many people and the benefit of them having a neutral confidential person to talk to in order to alleviate stress.' Is Good Energy going to pay for a councillor to help these people? Far from consulting with the local community, Good Energy has shown a total lack of regard not only for the community, who Julia Davenport has referred to in an article in WMN, as NIMBYs and BANANAS, but also for the planning process.

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  • letigre  |  September 03 2013, 3:47PM

    The true cost of green energy "HARD-UP families could see energy bills double to a ­whopping £3,000 a year, experts warned last night" http://tinyurl.com/odpp53p I like the reference "Ruinables". Sounds about right if you look at the countries that have ploughed down this route.

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  • miniman1  |  September 03 2013, 12:56PM

    According to The Telegraph 11 turbines will generate an income of £165,00 per year for the landowner, £6,504,300 per year for the energy co., and cost the taxpayer in subsidies £3,252,150 per year. Plus everyone of us pay 12% of our gas/electric towards green energy. Experts say that manufacturing, transporting (most are made in USA), installation and maintenance, costs more in carbon emissions than is saved over the lifespan of these machines. So financially and environmentally these machines are a failure, except as WRINGER says for the landowner and the energy Co. The whole problem is that the EU insist that by whatever means we must reduce carbon emissions, and as we all know - what the EU says this government will do.

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  • wringer  |  September 03 2013, 12:09PM

    For community benefit read blood money. the amount they give the community will not outweigh the loss in property values and the adverse reaction of tourists to North Cornwall. people say they like green energy but if you ask them would they stay near a turbine the answer is no. This is greed energy pure and simple and I hope the community come out strongly against it. 25 years is a long time and we are condemning our children to these follies. don't forget this "community benefit" money has been paid by you and me as a tax on our energy bills. so here we have the community paying money to the energy companies, who then pay it to the govt who then give it farmers and companies outside Cornwall to put up these things. don't be fooled. these farms make no economic sense unless you are the landowner or the company making them.

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