wind farm debate heats up as both sides announce meetings
series of meetings regarding the controversial plans for the Pilrow
wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea will be held later this month by
protesters and the developers of the scheme.
Energy, the firm behind plans to build the four 130m tall turbines
next to Rooksbridge, will be holding its own series of public
exhibitions when residents will be able to view the proposals.
exhibitions will be held on Monday 20th February in Mark Village
Hall from 9.30am to 1.30pm and also at East Brent Village Hall
from 4.00pm to 8.00pm on the same day.
the No Pilrow campaign group which is fighting the plans has announced
its own series of meetings for residents to hear updates on how
it is opposing the plans.
meetings will be held in Mark Village Hall on Wednesday 22nd February
from 7pm - 9pm, then in the Wellington Arms, Rooksbridge on Thursday
23rd February from 7.30pm - 9.30pm, and in East Brent Village
Hall on Monday 27th February from 7pm - 9pm.
Cosgrove, Project Manager at Broadview, said its exhibitions will
give residents a chance to meet the independent expert consultants
who have been assessing the suitability of the site, find out
about the detailed surveys that have been undertaken, and see
images showing how the turbines would look.
also last week organised a trip for local residents to see its
four turbines at Low Spinney wind farm near Gilmorton Village
in Leicestershire. Seven local residents attended and, according
to the firm, "they found it most informative, with a number
commenting that the turbines did not appear to be as large or
as noisy as they had expected."
No Pilrow's David Maund told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I learn
from one of the residents attending the trip that Broadview's
representative said that if Brent Knoll was not there, the site
would probably not have been chosen as the accelerated prevailing
winds enhances the suitability of the site."
of course, is both scientific and factual nonsense. A glance at
the actual met office (NOABL) average yearly wind speeds of 6
mtrs/sec for the area will show no difference at all between the
Pilrow site and the surrounding countryside. It is generally accepted
that a yearly average of 8 mtrs/sec is the minimum required to
produce efficiently. There is a slight increase in average wind
speed but this is only over the Knoll itself, as one would expect.
This is the sort of misinformation that is constantly being put
forward by turbine proponents."
the Knoll does do is produce 'dirty' wind as it is known in the
industry, which gusts far more than normal and produces intermittent
and constantly changing wind speeds. When considering a site to
erect turbines it is always emphasised that there is a need to
avoid this very situation."