FAQ

SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL THEY BE COMING TO A VIEW NEAR YOU NEXT?
WILL ECOTRICITY STOP AT 2 OF THESE MONSTERS IN THE BLACKMORE VALE?
WHAT ABOUT THE HUGE VISUAL IMPACT OF THESE INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURES?
WHAT ABOUT THE HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT FOR SO LITTLE RETURN?
ARE THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVE LOCAL SOURCES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY?
ARE THESE PROPOSED WIND TURBINES NOISY?
WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS PROPOSED VIOLATION OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE?
WHERE WOULD THE ELECTRICITY GO?
HOW ABOUT HOUSE PRICES?

 

WILL THEY BE COMING TO A VIEW NEAR YOU NEXT?
This proposed industrial development is not just a Cucklington issue; it will dominate the entire Northern Blackmore Vale and beyond. If Ecotricity win in Cucklington, the Blackmore Vale will be ruthlessly targeted for further sites. We know discussions are ongoing with other landowners; it is probable that agreements have already been signed.

 

 

WILL ECOTRICITY STOP AT 2 OF THESE MONSTERS IN THE BLACKMORE VALE?
At Swaffham, Ecotricity built 1, then added a second and then tried but failed on appeal to get planning permission for 2 more at nearby Shipdham. At Mablethorpe, they built 2 and have appealed against the refusal of planning permission for 8 (YES EIGHT) more. In Lincolnshire they have submitted a planning application for a site with 20 wind turbines.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT THE HUGE VISUAL IMPACT OF THESE INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURES?
These “Two Towers” have nothing to do with farming, they are industrial structures. Each will be 100m (328 feet) tall – that is twice the height of Alfred’s tower or four times the height of the 200 year old beech trees that they will dwarf on the ridge. Of the 1000+ wind turbines constructed to date in the UK, fewer than 10 are this high. You won’t have seen one of these monsters unless you have been to East Anglia; existing wind turbines in the South West are typically half the height of these proposed structures. The blades have a diameter of 70m (230 feet) – each would sweep across nearly an acre of our sky line! The Blackmore Vale, ‘Hardy’s Land of Little Dairies’ is, by all standards, unspoilt, but the “Two Towers” would change that for ever, they would be seen for over 20 miles in most directions.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT THE HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT FOR SO LITTLE RETURN?
Wind energy is an appropriate source of energy in the right location. This proposal destroys what it is trying to save!  In trying to protect the environment by generating energy from the wind, the local environment will be violated forever. The Government’s target of 10% of our energy being produced from renewable sources by 2010 can be achieved without the need for more on-shore wind turbines to be approved – over 9/10ths of this target is in place or planned. Each proposed turbine would save the same amount of CO2 on average as 6 lorries produce. Wind energy is intermittent and unreliable; fossil fuel generation must run in parallel in stand-by mode producing CO2.

 

 

ARE THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVE LOCAL SOURCES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY?
Yes, and these alternatives would be better for the environment and would do more to support our local farmers. Wessex Grain plans to have a local plant up and running by 2006 to produce renewable transport fuel (bioethanol) from locally grown wheat. Annually, the process will produce more energy than 100 of the proposed wind turbines and, as a by product, a high protein, non-GM cattle food to compete with imported GM maize gluten. Organic Power, a major employer in Horsington, has world wide patents for a process that treats cattle slurry to produce energy (in the form of methane gas) and an odourless fertiliser which is easy to apply to farmland. A third company is constructing a plant to extract energy from biomass. What about solar?

 

 

ARE THESE PROPOSED WIND TURBINES NOISY?
They generate considerable noise compared to a typical quiet night in Cucklington. Our noise consultants Arup Acoustics are reviewing the likely noise impact. Their initial findings based on currently available data, suggest that noise will not be an  issue that can be disregarded in and around Cucklington.

 

 

WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS PROPOSED VIOLATION OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE?
Financially:-  the land owner and the local suppliers of concrete etc., will benefit but by a negligible amount compared to the damage done to the local economy.  Benefits to the Blackmore Vale economy during construction and operating life are tiny. The main financial beneficiaries would be the two shareholders who own Ecotricity’s parent company Nexgen Group Ltd. and the German equipment producers Enercon.  Politically:- SSDC as they will be seen to be doing their bit.

 

 

WHO LOSES OUT FROM THIS PROPOSED VIOLATION OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE?
US!  Those of us who rely on the tourist trade. Those of us who enjoy the tranquility of the unspoilt countryside – whether residents or visitors. Those of us who would have our enjoyment of the countryside damaged – walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Those of us who recognize that we are custodians of the countryside and have an obligation to hand it on to future generations unviolated.

 

 

WHERE WOULD THE ELECTRICITY GO?
It would be input to the national grid.  Sometimes it would be used locally. Sometimes some of it would be aggregated with electricity from other sources and used nationally. Sometimes it would be aggregated with electricity from all other sources and used locally. Nobody will know where the electricity they are using has originated from. The electricity produced would be the equivalent to that consumed by 2,230 homes. If it was all consumed locally (which it will not be), then typically only 1/3rd would be used domestically – i.e. to supply the annual needs of 750 homes,  the rest being used by business,  amenity etc.

 

 

HOUSE PRICES!
Reputable local estate agents advise that the wind turbines will reduce local house prices by between 5% and over 25%. Most of us don’t plan to move.  The point is that this is a measure of how much less pleasant our community will be to live in!