Anger after plans approved for wind monitoring masts

CONTROVERSIAL proposals for two 60-metre tubular steel wind monitoring masts have been agreed - despite protests by angry residents.

The masts - one to the north-east of the telecommunications mast at Park Farm and the second on land north-west of the former depot site in Wilton Lane, both near Guisborough - were approved by six votes to four at a recent meeting of Redcar and Cleveland Council planning committee.

Residents have been rallying together in reaction to an increasing number of applications connected with wind farms being submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in the East Cleveland area.

Members of a number of local campaign groups protested outside the meeting in Belmont House, Guisborough.

At the meeting, Councillor Mary Lanigan said: "We have no choice. If we voted against it our decision would be overturned.

"I understand what residents are saying - I don't like wind turbines anymore than anyone else - but when an application for wind turbines comes in then that will be decided by this committee and residents and the community and everybody else will be able to have their say."

Guisborough resident John Larkin said later: "The decision was a farce. It's a back-door way to get wind turbines in and they have not taken into consideration what the people want."

Another resident, Alison Martin, said: "I think it is awful. It is going to industrialise a beautiful part of the countryside."

The application had attracted 97 letters or emails of objection with a wide variety of concerns raised, including fears the plan would open to the door to more applications for wind farms; the masts would have a detrimental impact on the landscape; would be too close to the village of Stanghow, and cause potential noise problems.

The application was recommended for approval by council officers.

A report put before members concluded: "The slender design of the mast and associated guys is considered to result in a form of development that will not have a significant impact upon the character and appearance of the landscape."

In September, the committee refused an application for a 90m-high wind turbine near Kilton Thorpe village in East Cleveland after concerns were raised by members that the scheme would have a negative impact on the local environment.

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2:09pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Davy Crocket says...

There's absolutely no problem with wind turbines ... err as long as I can't see them from my house !!
There's absolutely no problem with wind turbines ... err as long as I can't see them from my house !! Davy Crocket
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2:23pm Sun 23 Dec 12

fracker says...

no problem at all they look better than pylons,another bunch o philistines shooting about nothing.
no problem at all they look better than pylons,another bunch o philistines shooting about nothing. fracker
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5:26pm Sun 23 Dec 12

st-george1 says...

You got what you voted for here … MP Blenkinsop or Council Leader Dunning and like it says on the headstone, IT WAS GOOD WHILE IT LASTED, even though they keep doing things that are OUT OF LINE with Public expectation but this RED ROSE result which might be bad for democracy and bad for some taxpayers is just another case of Labour’s Public servants being rewarded for failure.
This has to be better than any future extension of SABICs pollution at Wilton Ind site !
You got what you voted for here … MP Blenkinsop or Council Leader Dunning and like it says on the headstone, IT WAS GOOD WHILE IT LASTED, even though they keep doing things that are OUT OF LINE with Public expectation but this RED ROSE result which might be bad for democracy and bad for some taxpayers is just another case of Labour’s Public servants being rewarded for failure. This has to be better than any future extension of SABICs pollution at Wilton Ind site ! st-george1
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11:29pm Sun 23 Dec 12

PJ Chingford says...

I hear that the Councillors are opposing the "march of the turbines", there's only one problem, apart from the offshore scheme granted by the Government, this Council havn't actually approved any onshore, so it's NIMBBY (Not In My Borough's Back Yard)!!
I hear that the Councillors are opposing the "march of the turbines", there's only one problem, apart from the offshore scheme granted by the Government, this Council havn't actually approved any onshore, so it's NIMBBY (Not In My Borough's Back Yard)!! PJ Chingford
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10:12am Mon 24 Dec 12

Brianzim says...

I'm fed-up with all of this: dissenters have only one choice - Wind Farms or Nuclear Power Stations for Gas is running out the same way as Coal.
Perhaps Dissenters should be denied the Luxury of Electric Power and only the rest should get it - as long as they pay their bills too!
Gosh! it must be Christmas - I feel like a Rambo with the bit between my teeth! Must have less plonk!
I'm fed-up with all of this: dissenters have only one choice - Wind Farms or Nuclear Power Stations for Gas is running out the same way as Coal. Perhaps Dissenters should be denied the Luxury of Electric Power and only the rest should get it - as long as they pay their bills too! Gosh! it must be Christmas - I feel like a Rambo with the bit between my teeth! Must have less plonk! Brianzim
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2:16pm Mon 24 Dec 12

loonyleft says...

Branzim,You are right people need to wake up and accept that new technology and probably a cleaner version of nuclear power are the way forward.
Branzim,You are right people need to wake up and accept that new technology and probably a cleaner version of nuclear power are the way forward. loonyleft
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