[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Campaign stepped up against scheme for wind turbine  

Credit:  By Jenny Moody | www.uttoxeter-news.co.uk 4 July 2012 ~~

A group fighting a giant wind turbine proposed for Uttoxeter have stepped up their campaign by erecting a huge banner next to the site to urge others to join them.

Members of Uttoxeter Wind Turbine Action Group (UWTAG) have erected a banner, measuring 15ft long and 5ft high, next to Uttoxeter Quarry, in Spath, where Aggregate Industries propose to put a 78m high turbine.

The banner was supplied and sponsored by Hardy Signs Ltd and the group said they hope it sends a loud and clear message to Aggregates Industries, who they claim have still not taken the real concerns of residents into consideration.

The sign signifies a step-up in gear for the campaign which has also seen a website set up at www.uwtag.co.uk and an increase in social networking activity.

Members said they were particularly taken aback by the amount of support from passing motorists during the siting of the banner and a photo-shoot with MP Andrew Griffiths, with residents tooting their horns and giving the thumbs-up.

UWTAG now also has concerns regarding the amount of turbines Uttoxeter will really get after an announcement on June 24 by Aggregate through the AGrenewables website.

They now intend to increase its activities in wind turbines to apply for multiple turbine installations on selected but unspecified sites across the UK.

Group member David Bown said: “Residents in nearby Barton under Needwood were shocked recently when Aggregates Industries applied for a massive 13.5 million tonnes extension to its Newbold Quarry. This would extend the workings for another 15 years.

“Even more shocking is that Aggregate Industries has now informed residents that – wait for it – it intends to build a wind turbine on the site as well. This came up at a liaison meeting under any other business.

“At the Uttoxeter Quarry Aggregate Industries was thwarted in its attempt a few years ago to extend workings even further to the north into a sensitive ecological area.

“With the announcement of its entry into windfarms residents must now question whether these single turbine applications are merely Trojan horses to open up more and more turbines as they extend the areas of sites.

“Aggregate Industries clear intention is to extend workings at Uttoxeter into perpetuity just as at Newbold pushing back even further into the future, the quiet haven promised to the people of Uttoxeter and area and continuing the inconvenience of a quarry for years to come.”

Tim Claxton, senior estates surveyor at Uttoxeter Quarry, said: “We have listened to the concerns of the local community – we have reduced the height of the wind turbine from 87m to 78m to reduce the potential visual impact.

“We would also like to reassure local people the proposal is for a single wind turbine. If it is approved it will not be the precursor for more.

“An application to extend Newbold Quarry has been submitted but this is a separate issue and we remain fully committed to our plans to restore land at Uttoxeter Quarry for leisure use. These plans are not affected by the wind turbine proposal in any way.

“Ultimately, our plans for the wind turbine are in line with the Government’s call for businesses and local authorities to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and save energy. It is our duty as a company to reduce our carbon emissions and we’re certainly not the only company doing this.”

The application will now be submitted to Staffordshire County Council in mid-July.

Source:  By Jenny Moody | www.uttoxeter-news.co.uk 4 July 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.