|Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group|
|Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold|
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:
A brief landscape history
Visual and other amenities
Effect on local roads
Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers
Noise & other health issues
Wildlife & Ecology
House Prices / Saleability
What happens next?
27 May 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
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?
in Denmark - Dr V C Mason (Sept 2007)
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)