Wind farm developer's plans for community fund come under attack
fighting controversial plans for a major wind farm on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea have this week attacked the developer's proposals
to introduce a new community fund.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last
week, Broadview Energy has submitted a formal planning application
to build four 130 metre tall wind turbines - each as tall as Brent
Knoll - at Pilrow Farm adjacent to the M5, between Rooksbridge
NoPilrow campaign group, which is opposed to the scheme, has said
this week it is committed to fighting the plans and has huge support
Maund, the group's spokesman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
have had plenty of time to prepare for Broadview Energys
planning application and have gained far-reaching support from
the local community. It is now clear that the vast majority of
the community is against the Pilrow Wind Farm and this fact will
be reflected in the large number of objections to the planning
NoPilrow has attacked proposals by Broadview to launch a community
fund that will see cash being allocated to local groups.
Maund explained: "Broadview claims that should planning permission
be granted a community fund would be established and it is stated
that each year for 25 years, the community would receive £2,500
per installed MW, totalling between £500,000 and £750,000
over the lifetime of the wind farm."
Broadview fail to mention is that, over the lifetime of the wind
farm, they would receive a potential £26 million in subsidies,
paid by consumers. Suddenly the community fund does not look so
must be remembered that if the wind farm was constructed and the
parish of Rooksbridge and East Brent blighted by these industrial
monstrosities, the community fund would most likely be distributed
amongst several surrounding villages. Thus, per capita, the community
fund would amount to very little."
Broadviews earlier sites, they would not enter into a legal
agreement with the community with respect to the community fund.
Should the wind farm become unprofitable, what would happen to
the community fund? Broadview have already answered that question.
if the site did become commercially unviable and is decommissioned,
the payments would obviously cease."
know that Broadview has disposed of three of its sites. What would
happen to the community fund? Again Broadview has answered the
question - if the project is sold, Broadview expects that the
new owners will wish to continue to support the community in the
same way that Broadview has. Should the Pilrow wind farm be approved,
do we the local residents trust Broadview - or to whoever Broadview
sells - to honour their commitment to the community fund?"
claimed this week that Broadview has "deceived" residents.
Mr Maund said: "From day one, it has been evident that local
residents have been deceived. Broadview Energy professes to having
conducted 'wide reaching consultation exercises', but this is
totally untrue, as we have not heard from them for months. They
are now just intent on gaining planning permission so that they
can sell off the Pilrow Wind Farm for a fat profit, as recently
evidenced by Broadview disposing of three of their other sites."
the coming days NoPilrow will be informing the local community
of how they can have their democratic say and put an end to this
constant attack on the people of East Brent, Rooksbridge and the
says the four wind turbines would generate enough green electricity
for approximately 5,300 households and claims it has undertaken