Plans for giant wind turbines on the Thames riverbank in Tilbury have been blown away by Thurrock councillors.
Four 80metre towers with rotor blades making a total height of 126m were proposed by the Port of Tilbury at regular intervals between the port’s lock gates and the former Tilbury Riverside station.
Port management say the turbines will provide a quarter of its annual electricity consumption but the plans found little favour with members of Thurrock Council’s planning committee who have recommended rejection of the scheme to Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, which has the final say.
Before the plan was considered the port’s managing director Perry Glading said: “While ports and our waterways already boast a very small carbon footprint, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.
“The Port of Tilbury’s commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change is illustrated by our applications to site renewable energy technologies such as wind farms within the port.”
He linked the plans to the 2012 Olympic Games, adding: “The potential offered by the port in regard to the developments required for the 2012 Olympics is huge.
“Our location means we have a massive part to play and it is essential that we can demonstrate the use of the greenest and most sustainable technologies through that involvement.
“Our aspiration to assist in creating the greenest games of modern times.”
However, the green scheme failed to inspire councillors.
Gordon Gambier, who proclaimed himself to be a supporter of wind turbines having once bungy jumped off one for charity, said: “Normally I would say yes. I’m pro wind turbines but there is a time and a place and I don’t believe this is the time or the place for this application.”
Councillor Joy Redsell said she was usually in favour of environmental proposals but “this is inappropriate here.”
Councillors recommended rejection on the ground that the turbines would have an adverse effect on the listed neighbouring buildings, worries over the effect on wildlife and noise and a lack of information abut contamination in the construction process.
25 January 2008
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