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Call for 'strong action' on wind farms to protect Lincolnshire landscape

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: June 01, 2012

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LINCOLNSHIRE County Council's environmental scrutiny committee has recommended that the authority takes a stronger position on wind farms.

Coun Colin Davie, chairman of the committee, said: "Lincolnshire's attractive landscape, its coastal and historic areas are the cornerstone of our tourism industry. A proliferation of wind farms would not only have a severe impact on the natural environment, it could also seriously jeopardise a major sector of our economy.

"Similarly, we think it's unfair for residential areas to be blighted by wind farms, and are particularly concerned about the long-term damage caused to county roads during the construction and decommissioning of turbines.

"On top of this, onshore wind turbines are one of the least efficient ways of producing electricity. The fact that these developments are subsidised through energy bills is also contributing to the increase in 'fuel poverty', which currently affects a quarter of county homes.

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"For these reasons, we're recommending the county council resists the creation of any new wind farms in the county, and urge any company wishing to start a development here to think twice."

The recommendation comes following additional new local and national policies and studies.

The proposed new position on wind farms will now be considered by the county council's executive members on June 6.

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  • Oldernwiser  |  June 03 2012, 9:15AM

    Ian-Heighington - it's not that simple, I'm afraid. You are, of course, absolutely right to say that sea levels have been rising since the end of the last Ice Age ..... that's to be expected since the water from the melted ice had to go somewhere. However, it's the pace the extent of the rise which are the worry ...... and both of those are extreme and serious. You and I are fortunate ... up here on high ground in the East Midlands is just about as safe a place as anywhere in the UK. Around the world, however, (even Britain) many, many millions living in coastal regions and on low-lying islands face a very perilous existance (Japan's tsunami is an example of what the sea can do, the poor of Pakistan and Bangladesh and the Pacific Islands will simply find the sea quietly engulfing their regions, and Australia will find its rivers salinated .... much of London could go under). Here's an extract from a well-researched piece from Wikpedia on what's happening .... It's informative and balanced. You'll note, I hope, that the rate of increase doubled between '93 and '09 compared to the long-term average ..... and it's not slowing. "At present, sea levels around the world are rising. Current sea level rise potentially impacts human populations (e.g., those living in coastal regions and on islands)[1] and the natural environment (e.g., marine ecosystems).[2] Global average sea level rose at an average rate of around 1.7 ± 0.3 mm per year over 1950 to 2009 and at a satellite-measured average rate of about 3.3 ± 0.4 mm per year from 1993 to 2009,[3] an increase on earlier estimates." The question the debate begs is simple .... do we want to take the chance? If you do, fine. You and I possibly won't be around to see the results since they'll be coming in around the turn of the century. Personally I don't ... which is why I think these politicians are gambling with the future - and almost certainly for short-term political gain.

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  • ColinLincs  |  June 03 2012, 7:54AM

    It has always been a fact that the only reason private companies come up with proposals to build wind farms is that they rely on grant aid for the capital cost and on a high guaranteed tariff for the electricity the windmills produce. This u-turn may or may not be the correct decision but seems to be typical of the confusion that exists in all areas because of the lack of long term strategies by the government, or indeed any strategies at all. All this does is make good people fight over how to switch the lights on and off while the ship is sinking.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  June 03 2012, 12:20AM

    "... and when, in 50 years and long after these men and women have shuffled off this mortal coil, our children and grandchildren will be left wondering just who to thank for the rising sea-levels which are flooding large parts of this prediminantly flat, low lying county - taking the agricultural industry in its wash. Well who do you blame for the Sea levels that have been rising since the end of the last Ice Age, well before SUV's and Coal-fired power stations even existed? Or are you saying that something that started 20,000 Years ago is all the fault of what humans have done in the last 200 Years?

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  • Oldernwiser  |  June 02 2012, 7:57AM

    ... and when, in 50 years and long after these men and women have shuffled off this mortal coil, our children and grandchildren will be left wondering just who to thank for the rising sea-levels which are flooding large parts of this prediminantly flat, low lying county - taking the agricultural industry in its wash. Oh dear - why do we have so many politicians with eyes that see no further than the next election?

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  • Lincsl200  |  June 01 2012, 1:17PM

    "and are particularly concerned about the long-term damage caused to county roads during the construction and decommissioning of turbines" During the constuction phase of the project, Its likely that local roads and infrastructure would be upgraded to allow the transport of turbine components - The roads would probably be better than the exisiting council roads!

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  • M_C_Donald  |  June 01 2012, 10:23AM

    Oh go away

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  • norfolkboy14  |  June 01 2012, 9:39AM

    The dash for cash and politics, not saving the planet, are the driving forces behind wind energy. Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please object to the Government at http://tinyurl.com/cajsyrf or by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958″ and following the link. Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to your local Newsletter and to the Editors of your local newspapers.

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