wind farm protest group challenges developer over photos
fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
have this week released a new photomontage showing how the controversial
turbines will tower over the countryside - and they have challenged
the developers to produce their own image.
No Pilrow group released the photo on Monday (January 30th) to
show how the four 130-metre tall turbines would look if they are
built on land near Pilrow Farm at Rooksbridge, with Brent Knoll
in the background.
group's David Maund (pictured below with members of the group
and Burnham's MP Tessa Munt) has questioned why Broadview Energy
- the firm behind the project - has not issued any accurate photomontages
of its own.
are questioning why Broadview Energy have at this late stage still
failed to produce any accurate photomontages of the proposed wind
farm since it is clear that they have the expertise and specialised
software to allow them to create these," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
claim to have finalised the wind farm layout, including the turbine
heights and positions, so it is difficult to understand why they
have not produced such photos."
of Broadview's major pronouncements is that they have tried their
best to minimise the impact of the turbines on the local landscape
and environment. Residents of this parish will of course be too
aware that the full visual and environmental impact of this ill-conceived
scheme will only become apparent if and when they are built -
but by that time it will be far too late for us."
Maund added: "In the meantime it would be of some help if
suitable photo montages were now produced and published from as
many locations as possible in order that we can judge for ourselves."
travelling on the roads surrounding the Pilrow site will already
be horrified by the height of the met mast structure now in place.
Knowing that this mast is only just over half the height and a
very small fraction of the width of the final turbines, it gives
some idea of the enormity of these industrial units that will
blight our levels."
Pilrow have received criticism in the past from Broadview about
our own photo montages and we have for many months been asking
them to produce their own. This they have singularly failed to
do. We, the residents, need time to consider the accuracy or otherwise
of any such photo montages produced particularly in the light
of an Advertising Standards Authority ruling against Broadview
Energy in 2009 with regard to a photo in connection with their
Low Spinney wind farm site."
However, Tom Cosgrove, Broadview's project mananger, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are currently finalising the photomontages to show what
the proposed Pilrow wind farm would look like. These will be made
available shortly and will be on display at public exhibitions
which we will be holding in the area in February."
is very important that the images that we produce are an accurate
representation of how the wind farm will look and this process
unfortunately takes time. We have published details of the location
and size of the turbines in the meantime as part of our commitment
to a continuous dialogue with the local community. We would also
urge residents who wish to gain a sense for the scale of the proposed
turbines to come on our wind farm trip this Saturday. Details
of the trip can be found by calling Lisa Ross on 020 7268 9911."