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Wind power: Your future in the melting pot  

There is at present within the East Riding Local Development Framework a consultation being held by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council on a paper called Making it Happen.

This can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/planning/ldf .

This paper is in essence a blueprint for the development of the East Riding for the next 25 years.

Ninety per cent of it is concerned with proposals for housing and its associated infrastructure; however on pages 93 to 95 you will find a small section referring to renewable energy, which infers that the proposed renewable energy quota for the East Riding will be met by wind power alone.

If your readers take the papers proposed power output of 148 mw by 2021 and divide it by an output of 2mw per turbine you will arrive at a figure of 74 turbines. However, these turbines are far from being 100 per cent efficient; given this, I would say that at a rough estimate 200 turbines would not be far off the mark.

To obtain an impression of what only 12 of these turbines would look like in the River Hull Valley (the last proposed development between the Scurf Dyke and Rotsea) you may wish to go to the web site of the Wolds Windfarm Opposition at http://www.wwfo.co.uk/index.html and read the accompanying article relating to these representations to the paper Making it Happen.

These animated representations have unfortunately been rushed out in an effort to beat the expiry date of the consultation on June 13; we therefore hope that any readers will forgive some minor glitches, particularly with regard to the display with the title, Southern End of the River Hull New Cut.

With regard to the paper itself I would urge your readers to not only read pages 93 to 95, but peruse the whole document and fill in the questionnaire. It is, after all, your future that is in the melting pot.

However, if like me they feel that they are being led down too narrow a corridor by the tick the box style of the questionnaire then why not write a letter to the ERYC expressing their views, no matter what they are?

Chris Hughes, of Laburnum Avenue, Hutton Cranswick

Driffield Post

3 June 2008

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