It was only a matter of time….

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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.

Will we see this?

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!


4 thoughts on “It was only a matter of time….

    Adrian said:
    January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

    To be honest, in my view, and assuming the above image is a reasonably accurate representation of what’s being proposed, the wind turbines aren’t going to be any more of an eyesore than the electric pylons already there. People have got to get used to the idea that these things are going to become more commonplace around the UK. Putting the green issue aside, fossil fuels won’t last forever, so alternatives like this need to be tested.

    Simon Dare responded:
    January 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

    My thoughts exactly – but I fear we have a long way to go before we get to that point of view from ‘Joe public’.

      Robert Taylor said:
      April 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

      410 feet high! Less than 400 metres from the nearest houses.
      Almost as tall as the London eye.

      Paying lip service to the University’s artificially created “green” targets simply to obtain favour and grants.

      Distance legislation is required and is already planned. Noise -especially low level– is the subject of ongoing research. if Uni are serious about green power harness the Trent.

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