Wind Power News: U.K.
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
A Perthshire councillor who has played a leading role in bringing walkers to the area surprised his colleagues by speaking out in favour of a controversial wind farm development. Councillor Bob Ellis threw his weight behind the Green Burn wind farm project which would involve 11 turbines near to the existing Drumderg wind farm, Alyth. Addressing the development management committee on Wednesday Mr Ellis, who co-founded the Cateran Trail which attracts 8,000 people a year, conceded that local people were . . .
Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council are ‘in the dark’ over plans for multi million pound windfarm
Members of a community council say they’ve been kept in the dark over plans to build a multi million pound windfarm on land at Pappert Hill. The plans are expected to advance when members of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee meet tomorrow to discuss the project in New Bonhill. The committee will be asked to review an update into the project, believed to cost around £7.6m. And they’ll be asked for their blessing to enable council . . .
A turbine within the extension (Whiteleehill Farm area) lost its nose cone last week. Thankfully nobody was injured as a result. At this stage it is not known why the turbine failed but from a health and safety point of view it was necessary to close the entire site until such time as the remaining turbines could be checked and tested. So far 30 out of a total 75 have undergone the safety checks and the operators hope to complete . . .
Neath resident and chair of Neath Chamber of Trade, Darren Nicholas has called the news a 'slap in the face' for Port Talbot steel workers. "It's ludicrous that they've sourced the steel from outside the UK in the middle of this massive crisis, caused partially by Chinese steel. It's a massive slap in the face for Port Talbot, and something needs to be done to stop this happening again."
There is a trend of wind turbines to the west of Rathfriland and to the west of Kinallen, according to council. These areas have a “medium level of concentration of wind energy development” according to council analysis. They have looked at all planning decisions issued for single turbines since 2002-2016 as part of the local development plan and found these areas have proved popular for wind turbine investment. From 2002-2004 there were only four approvals for wind turbines and there . . .
Controversial plans for a large-scale east Perthshire wind farm could be kicked out by councillors next week after a backlash from residents and conservationists. Developer ABO Wind wants to build its 11-turbine Green Burn project on land at Shiedrum Farm, between Alyth and Bridge of Cally. If approved, each turbine would be more than 377ft tall, bigger than Big Ben. The earmarked site is beside to the 16 turbine Drumderg development and fewer than three miles from the Tullymurdoch farm . . .
Councillors are objecting to plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick due to concerns that it would blight an area of natural beauty. County Durham-based Banks Renewables’ South Lanarkshire operation has submitted an application for the 132m-high turbines on land north, south, east and west of Birneyknowe Cottage, two and a half miles south east of Hawick and a mile west of Bonchester Bridge. However, this week members of Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee endorsed a . . .
Complaints have been made about the impact of shadow flicker and noise from wind turbines. At East Chevington Parish Council on Monday night, Coun Fred Thurgood said that the windfarms along the A1068, close to Widdrington, have been causing issues. He said: “There have been quite a lot of problems and the turbines have had to be shut down for an hour or so each day because of shadow flicker. “There has also been lots of complaints about noise and . . .
A renewable energy park could kill off tourism near Oswestry, according to business owners. Richard Connell, from the Oswestry Equestrian Centre, says the plans would be “horrific” for his business, while Miles Hunter, who runs the award-winning Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel in Rhydycroesau, says the project has not got the backing of the community. Featuring a 102-metre wind turbine, 2,500 solar panels and an energy storage facility, the major Cefn Y Maes development would be on a vast scale and sit . . .
Stewartry restaurant boss claims windturbine lorries are ruining her business by blocking Shawhead layby
A restaurant boss is being driven to despair by lorries transporting wind turbines along the A75. Joanne Banks, who runs Diner 75 in a layby near Shawhead, claims she is losing out on business because the trucks have been blocking her access road. Lorries transporting the turbines have been parking up “for hours at a time”. And that prevents Diner 75 staff and customers from using the access. Miss Banks told the News: “I’ve had these lorries blocking the layby . . .