Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group
Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold
IntroductionLandscapeA brief landscape historyVisual and other amenitiesEffect on local roadsDrainageFurther DevelopmentSubsidies for Wind Farm DevelopersOverstated BenefitsNoise & other health issuesWildlife & EcologyTV ReceptionHouse Prices / SaleabilityWhat happens next?
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Objections
Introduction
 

Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group does not oppose wind energy. We broadly support wind energy's role in developing more sustainable sources of energy and in reducing CO2 emissions.  Anyone objecting to a wind farm is open to the accusation of NIMBYism.   However, in this case, Npower really are proposing to put turbines in our back yards!

For a reasoned discussion of this, it's worth looking at Alexander Chancellor's Guardian article, which can be viewed here.

Any proposed development should be examined on its merits. We need to reduce CO2 emissions, but we need to do so on a relatively crowded island where the construction of large energy-generating facilities has to fit in with other environmental and human factors.

Off-shore vs On-shore

Where wind farms are sited off-shore great numbers of larger turbines can be built to take advantage of strong and consistent winds.

However, where wind farms are sited on-shore they generate relatively small amounts of power and can have a major negative impact on people and the surrounding countryside. The benefits have to be weighed against the negative impact.

Molesworth Wind Farm

We object to the proposed wind turbines at Bythorn / Molesworth primarily on the following grounds. We consider that these negative factors far outweigh the possible benefits:

  • They are far too close to habitation, being barely 600 metres from the nearest houses.  In the nearest village, Bythorn, much of which is a conservation area, most of the houses will be affected by some or all of the following points.
  • There are issues with drainage when a large amount of concrete is installed.
  • They would create noise by day and night, thereby reducing the peaceful character of the area to the detriment of local residents - with possible adverse health implications.
  • There are potential health and safety risks from turbines collapsing or catching fire.
  • There are also potential problems due to sunlight flickering on the rotating blades.   This is particularly relevant to Molesworth village.
  • They will adversely affect the amenity value and hence prices and saleability of local houses.
  • The construction/commissioning phase would last approximately 12 months and would involve deliveries of huge quantities of concrete for the foundations - potentially 25-30 truck deliveries a day - as well as larger vehicles delivering turbine sections.
  • Local roads and the access from the A14 are unsuitable for the volume of traffic and type of vehicles which will be involved.   Considerable disruption and loss of amenity will be caused by the extra construction this will entail.  Alternatively, local access will be made impossible by heavy traffic and damage to road surfaces.
  • They would adversely affect the historic landscape setting by introducing massive, intrusive, industrial forms out of scale and out of keeping with historic buildings, field patterns and views.
  • In view of the profit motive and heavy subsidies, we believe that the environmental advantages of the proposed wind farm may be overstated.
  • There is considerable aerial activity in the region.  Large helicopters land at Molesworth base; the area is a favourite with hot-air balloons and microlights and there is also an airstrip close to the Pheasant Inn at Keyston.
  •  They will have adverse effects on birdlife, bats and TV reception and can also affect radio and mobile phones.

Landscape

A brief landscape history

Visual and other amenities

Effect on local roads

Drainage

Further Development

Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers

Overstated Benefits

Noise & other health issues

Wildlife & Ecology

TV Reception

House Prices / Saleability

What happens next?

22 November 2017
Radio / TV

The BBC website contains a number of video clips from features related to wind farms - click here


BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth - 30th August 2007

"Wind power is the fastest growing renewable energy sector in Britain. The government is investing massive amounts of money in its future. But experts interviewed on Costing the Earth claim the power of the wind to deliver electricity is being overestimated by companies keen to cash in on big subsidies."

Listen again to the programme & read more on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/
costingtheearth_20070830.shtml


For an interesting TV broadcast on the effects of wind turbines on local residents - especially the noise - see the LBV Television programme available on the Wadlow Windfarm website. [This is a large file. It may take a very long time to open - but is well worth listening to].

Web Pages / Articles

"Wind farms alone won't solve our problems" - CPRE

RSPB policy on wind farms

RICS commissioned report: What is the impact of wind farms on house prices?

Wind Power in Denmark - Dr V C Mason (Sept 2007) (PDF file)

Wind turbine noise, annoyance and self-reported health and
well-being in different living environments
- BMJ - March 2007 - E Pedersen, K Persson Waye (PDF file)

Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise - E Pedersena and K Persson Waye - J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 116, No. 6, December 2004 (PDF file)

Noise Radiation from Wind Turbines installed Near Homes: Effects on Health - with an annotated review of the research and realted issues - B Frey & P Hadden - Feb 2007


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