farm proposal slammed by Burnham council leader
plans to build a huge new wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
have been slammed by the leader of Burnham and Highbridge town
proposal involves the construction of five 65 metre turbines on
land at Edithmead to produce enough electricity for 8,000 homes.
Peter Clayton, who is also Chairman of the town council's planning
applications committee, showed Burnham-On-Sea.com a map illustrating
the proposed location of the turbines this week.
turbines are numbered 1 to 5 in the triangles and not the squares,"
he said. "The squares are photomontage locations."
am astonished this site has been considered, it stretches from
behind the BASC Ground land to the little church on Edithmead
lane. It will obscure all the views from Burnham to Brent Knoll
and it is all green belt land."
Knoll is a valued landmark in the area and to destroy the landscape
like this would be catastrophic."
impact on the area will be very significant and I intend to fight
these proposals all the way. There have also been concerns raised
in West Somerset regarding the safety of these structures, so
to consider them so close to residential areas is unthinkable."
am not totally anti-wind turbines, but I think far more thought
has to go in to the siting of these things."
generators only provide small amounts of electricity compared
to the huge impact on the environment."
live and work in Burnham for the very reason that we are a minute
away from green and pleasant land. I am not a dinosaur, but this
is one change I will fight strongly against."
will be a public exhibition on Tuesday 15th November between 10.30am
and 8pm at the Burnham Scout Hall and I would urge as many people
to come along and view the plans for themselves."
of the proposals was first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier
this week. The huge new wind farm is being proposed by Gloucestershire-based
green energy firm Ecotricity and is scheduled to go before Sedgemoor
District Council's planning committee in November.
councillor Neville Jones described the proposed farm as a scar
on the landscape earlier in the week.
it were to be approved, Ecotricity says the wind farm would produce
10 mega watts of total capacity and would contribute 40 per cent
of Somerset's renewable energy target for 2010. It is claimed
that it would also save more than 23,000 tonnes of carbon emissions
is the third wind farm proposed for the Burnham area, with six
turbines at St Martin's Hill near Brean, and up to 12 turbines
at Hinkley Point already on the cards - although the latter was
turned down by district planners on Wednesday October 26th.
open day is to take place at Burnham's Scout HQ on Tuesday November
15th between 10.30am and 8pm, when the public is invited to learn
new wind farm proposed for Edithmead
Ecotricity Web site