As the deadline for objections to the Lower Alt wind farm looms the chair of Formby Civic Society has spoken out on the subject.
John Phillips has written to his members, and pointed out that although the wind farm is not in Formby, it is likely to affect the town.
The plans, put forward by Coriolis energy , are for 12 wind turbines, which will stretch to 136.5m in height are planned, along with an on-site substation and associated works.
Mr Phillips’ letter, was he submitted to Visiter.co.uk, reads: “As we approach the deadline date of 30th January for objections to the 12 Wind Turbines at Lower Alt wind farm in West Lancashire, it is a good time to reflect on the increasing number of challenges to our local communities and the part we can play in ensuring that there is a strong local response each time. With increasing direction from central Government to communities across the country, it almost seems that we are fighting a losing battle.
“However, we do still have a voice in our own affairs and it is for us to put ourselves out to play our part in monitoring and protecting our environment.
“This is not ‘Nimbyism’ and most people are well aware of national needs and the importance of our communities moving forward. We cannot stand still. The key is that local residents maintain awareness of proposed developments and use their local knowledge of our heritage and environment to support positive and well thought-through proposals that will benefit our community and challenge those that will diminish the area in which we live.
“The proposed wind farm mentioned above is not in Formby, but would certainly have a negative impact on our town with turbines at a height of 447 feet / 136.5 metres, well over double the size of the existing pylons. The objection, though, is by no means related solely to our local community; it affects large areas of Sefton and West Lancashire.
“I am making two points here. One is general in that we can protect our environment only if we are aware of proposals that are made and are open to public debate, in which case we can all play our part as we see fit. Secondly, my objection to the wind farm is a personal statement and does not officially represent the views of Formby Civic Society; however, we have alerted members to this issue and it is now for them to decide what they think of the proposal. I certainly hope that those members who agree with me take the time to register their objections to West Lancashire Borough Council by e mail or post. As it happens, I have yet to speak to a member who thinks the wind farm would benefit our corner of Sefton and South Lancashire.”