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

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

At the exhibition in Molesworth Village Hall (8/9 October 2010), several of us were assured by the developer that there is no significant wildlife in the area.   They claim to have a survey to this effect, but this needs to be challenged and we need as much detail as we can get.


Birds & Bats

Birds and bats are particularly vulnerable to wind turbines. Although the blades rotate at only 15 to 30 rpm the blade tips, travelling at around 200mph, can kill both birds and bats.

There is ample evidence of barn owls flying, and probably nesting, in close proximity to Bythorn. Buzzards and Red Kites have also moved into the area and a large number of more common species are also active.

Significant numbers of pheasant feed on arable crop shoots in and around Bythorn.

The existence of any bird migratory routes in proximity to the proposed site must be clearly defined to ensure that migrants will not be put at risk.

Informal reports of bats killed by collisions with turbine blades on the wind power station at Coldhams Farm are of serious concern.

A recent report has concluded that the traditional white or grey colouring of turbines attracts inects and that the birds and bats which prey on them are drawn in and then killed or injured by the blades.  (See BBC Earth News 15 October 2010).

Even if not killed, it is possible for birds and bats to change their behaviour and avoid dangerous areas - with possible implications for bird migration patterns.

Adverse effects of this sort can only really be measured over time by monitoring population figures. Developers might point to a lack of direct evidence of individual fatalities but it is worth bearing in mind (a) that the local fox population is unlikely to leave the evidence lying on the ground for long and (b) the only people with legal access to the area beneath the turbines would be Npower and the landowner.

RSPB policy on wind farms can be seen here.

Research into the effect of wind farms on bats is ongoing and the Bat Conservation Trust's position can be seen here.

Animals

Domesticated animals (including livestock, pets and horses) may be affected by noise - particularly ultra low frequency transmissions from the turbines. Concerns have been expressed that this could be detrimental to successful livestock breeding.   British Horse Society advice can be viewed here.

Great Crested Newts
A colony of this protected species exists at Moleswrth base and features in the MOD's Conservation Update brochure of Summer 2008.

Any loss of wildlife will detract from the amenity of people enjoying the countryside.

TV Reception

House Prices / Saleability

What happens next?

21 September 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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