Work on Suffolk’s first on-shore wind farm might be delayed for another 12 months, it emerged yesterday.
The six-turbine wind farm at Parham, near Framlingham, was given the go-ahead by planners in July last year following opposition from the residents of local villages.
Work on site was originally planned to start in the spring of this year after a series of pre-conditions had been met.
However, developers Your Energy yesterday cited problems in commissioning the turbines from a manufacturer as the reason for a further delay of up to 12 months.
James Townsend, the firm’s senior development manager, said: “Unfortunately there is now huge global demand for wind turbines – they’ve become much more popular – but the manufacturing capacity has not kept up with demand.
“We are seeing a lot longer time-scales for delivery of turbines and on top of that some manufacturers don’t want to supply small projects and the Parham wind farm is a small scheme in the global picture.”
Five civil engineering contractors, including two in East Anglia, had been invited to tender for the site works, which were now expected to start early in 2008, Mr Townsend said.
Yesterday he handed a cheque for £5,000 to the United States Air Force Musuem at Parham Airfield – close neighbours of the scheme – to help with the cost of replacing old render which is causing a damp problem in the building.
Museum chairman, Mick Tipple, said dehumidifiers had to be kept working in order to reduce damage to exhibits and this had pushed the annual electricity bill to £1,800 a year.
The work on the museum, housed in the former airfield control tower, is costing £60,000 and other grants have already been made by Parham Parish Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council.
Members of the museum are doing some of the work, which has already begun, and the rest will be undertaken by contractors.
The donation from Your Energy is not part of the community fund which will be created when the turbines are installed, in line with a condition imposed when planning permission was granted.
About £170,000 is expected to be generated by the wind farm, which will be spent in the villages of Parham, Great Glemham and Marlesford on energy efficiency and conservation measures and domestic renewable energy projects.
By David Green
20 April 2007
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