Let me say straight away that I do have some sympathy – honest!
Late last year the University of Nottingham announced its intention to put in for planning for the sighting of 3 wind turbines in the Trent valley near to Clifton – I blogged about it here.
At the time I said it was only a matter of time before there was a ‘stop the turbines’ campaign, and true to form there are now two groups of local residents (one from each side of the Trent) campaigning against the turbines. No surprise there then, I do have some sympathy (surprise there?) – the residents need to be comfortable with the scheme. All I would ask is that they listen to the Universities proposal with an open mind. This type of renewable is going to have to be more common on our skyline and they are not the ‘satans spawn’ that they are made out to be by the antis!
The group ‘Beeston & Clifton Wind Turbine Awareness Group’ have said their position is clear – they’re anti the turbines based on their location plus the size of the turbines in relation to the proximity of houses is what is causing them a problem.
The group currently has around half a dozen members based in Beeston Rylands and Clifton it has also received around 100 responses from residents about the plans. Members of the group plan to leaflet properties in the area and knock on doors to inform residents of the plans.
The university will hold a full public exhibition a few weeks before the formal planning application is made which will give residents a chance to look at detailed plans – this is likely to take place towards the end of February. They have also invited community groups to visit a local wind farm so they can see turbines in operation.
Come on Nottingham lets give this scheme a chance and put Nottingham at the forefront of green thinking!