Friday, 17 October 2014

Wind Farm: Nocton Fen

Vattenfall UK

The content below has been reproduced from an e-newsletter received yesterday:

"E-newsletter 9

Vattenfall reduces size of wind development and maintains significant community investment opportunity.

Following the feedback received from local residents during the June engagement events, we have been working with other stakeholders and technical consultants to produce a revised project layout. The new layout has reduced the scheme by more than 10%, and is designed to provide best value to the UK consumer and deliver a substantial community investment opportunity.

Project reduced in size

The changes meant a proposed reduction in the number of turbines from 23 to 20 as well as addressing visual and environmental issues. Turbines have been moved further away from properties and the River Witham as a result of community feedback and technical assessments. The new layout offers more than a 10% reduction in the number of turbines and a reduction in the overall project area by approximately one third.

Retaining local benefit

This multimillion pound investment offers significant potential benefits for the local community and economy to deliver real, long term sustainability. The reduced scheme would still deliver a community fund worth more than £300,000 per year for 25 years of the project lifetime (based on an assumption of 20 x 3MW turbines).

Delivering best value to the British consumer

Delivering energy at the lowest cost to the taxpayer and consumers is an important challenge for government and the whole renewables sector, not just onshore wind. Vattenfall is working hard to reduce the cost of energy from its wind farms.

To provide best value to the UK consumer, the revised scheme retains the originally proposed 149.5m tip height in order to maximise the use of available wind resource, ensuring the scheme can do more with less: less land/fewer turbines; delivering affordable, cost-competitive energy.

Next steps

We will now, alongside our technical consultants, continue assessment work of the potential project impacts. The results will be published as part of the Preliminary Environmental Information in advance of the formal consultation.

Vattenfall will be talking to local stakeholders about the revised scheme in the coming weeks, and expects to publish the revised layout shortly. We will also be providing further information in the coming weeks to address questions raised during the June events, particularly around the potential construction works.

The revised scheme will form a central part of the formal consultation early in 2015 where local residents and other stakeholders will be able to see revised photomontages and 3D models, and have an opportunity to formally comment on the project.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2015.

Exploring opportunities with local residents and businesses

Over the coming months we will be inviting local residents and businesses to workshops in the local area to discuss community investment and business supply-chain opportunities.

Thank you to those residents who have already expressed an interest in getting involved with the work to develop and explore the community investment opportunity – we will be in touch shortly with further information. We are still keen to hear from more residents, so please do let us know if you are interested in shaping the community investment proposals.

If consented, the Nocton Fen wind energy development would offer significant opportunities for local businesses to be part of the extensive supply-chain during the project construction process. We will shortly be starting work with local businesses, business groups and local authorities to explore this opportunity to see how we can best support local businesses to benefit from renewable energy projects in their region."

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wind Farm

UK's wind farm 'folly': Electric bills to soar by £1000 thanks to reliance on wind power

'The green crusade of successive governments is set to double electricity bills for households and cost homes £26billion a year by 2030, it was claimed yesterday.'

Branston solar farm reduced in size

'A solar farm of about 80,000 panels, close to a Lincolnshire village, has been approved. A spokesman for Inazin said they had planned for a larger facility but local power infrastructure could not cope.'

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Doodle

September/October - Issue 30

Hello Everyone

Here is the Sept/Oct Doodle Issue 30 – enjoy.

Please consider getting all your Christmas news and events to me by Friday 31st October for the November Issue 31, so there is plenty of time to advertise things.  The December Doodle will be too late for many, as it is due out around 14th December.

Thank you

Jilly B
“the Doodle”

Monday, 13 October 2014

Stephen Phillips QC MP

The West Lothian question is one that needs to be settled now

'It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end, but now it is time to come together. We have a unique opportunity to change the way the British people are governed for the better.'

Democracy Live

More information on your local MP.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Compulsory Purchase Order

Council’s pioneering Compulsory Purchase Order moves forward

"This is the first time in its 40 year history NKDC has made a Compulsory Purchase Order, a decision taken by the Council’s full membership on June 26, 2014, in order to move forward with its long held regeneration aspirations for Sleaford, including the protection of the historically-significant and endangered Grade II* listed Maltings complex."

Nocton Hall

I'm absolutely amazed that this is only the first time that our local District Council has served a Compulsory Purchase Order... in a 40 year period! Now we finally know the reason why Nocton Hall has been allowed to fall into disrepair.

What is the point of UK Government passing protective legislation to save heritage buildings at risk, when a local Council will not exercise the powers that are vested in them!

As North Kesteven District Council have been aware of the continuing deterioration of the Grade II Listed Nocton Hall over the last decade, one could say they have been complicit in overseeing its demise.

Where is the accountability of our public servants when they fail to use their robust powers, choosing to adopt peripheral action to kick difficult issues into the proverbial long grass?

Parish Council Resolution