No support for wind turbine at Murton Moor, east of York

York Press: No support for wind turbine No support for wind turbine

PROPOSALS for a massive wind turbine east of York look set to be abandoned after parish councillors and residents opposed them.

York Community Energy had come up with the idea for a turbine at Murton Moor which would be 61.5m high with 38m blades – taller than York Minster.

The organisation previously said the scheme was about community democracy as well as clean energy, and that the plan could not work unless it had community support and it did have local backing.

But David Hughes, chairman of Holtby Parish Council, said councillors recently voted unanimously to oppose the turbine, which would be outside the parish but would impact on residents there.

He said about 50 residents at the meeting also unanimously opposed the proposals.

Isabel Waddington, chairwoman of Murton Parish Council, said councillors also voted unanimously to oppose the turbine.

Mark Warters, City of York Councillor for Osbaldwick, said Warthill Parish Council had voted to oppose the project as well and he called on York Community Energy to withdraw it and ‘disappear.’ York Community Energy member Richard Lane said a planning application had never been submitted, and agents Origin Energy had merely submitted a request for a screening opinion about the development.

He said the project could have powered more than 500 homes and brought tens of thousands of pounds a year into the local community.

He said there was some local support but said it would now be very difficult to progress given a “determined campaign of opposition run by a vociferous minority of residents.”

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2:42pm Sat 29 Mar 14

AnotherPointofView says...

York Community Energy member Richard Lane said:
"a determined campaign of opposition run by a vociferous minority of residents".

What nonsense! It was never a minority of residents. There were very few people who were in favour of this massive turbine. There had been a healthy turn out of people in Holtby a couple of weeks ago, mostly against this proposal.

Thankfully they have seen it's not wanted and have decided to go away.

Before all those shouting "nimbys" start, it was a massive structure that was being proposed.- as it says larger than the Minster.
York Community Energy member Richard Lane said: "a determined campaign of opposition run by a vociferous minority of residents". What nonsense! It was never a minority of residents. There were very few people who were in favour of this massive turbine. There had been a healthy turn out of people in Holtby a couple of weeks ago, mostly against this proposal. Thankfully they have seen it's not wanted and have decided to go away. Before all those shouting "nimbys" start, it was a massive structure that was being proposed.- as it says larger than the Minster. AnotherPointofView
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11:21pm Sat 29 Mar 14

hokey cokey says...

Where do people want to get their electricity from? Generated from gas piped in from Russia? From bio-mass or coal shipped in from South America? Or nuclear? Or do they want wind / wave / solar but not at the foot of their garden or anywhere near it? I live in one of the parishes that was leaflet end to attend this meeting. The meeting was open to discussion to oppose this wind turbine. Not surprising then that not many people who attended were open to the idea of wind turbines or in favour. At the end of the day Murton Is already scarred by electricity transmission with 2 rows of pylons plus wires running in parallel with the by-pass. Would a solitary wind turbine really make that much impact on the view?
Where do people want to get their electricity from? Generated from gas piped in from Russia? From bio-mass or coal shipped in from South America? Or nuclear? Or do they want wind / wave / solar but not at the foot of their garden or anywhere near it? I live in one of the parishes that was leaflet end to attend this meeting. The meeting was open to discussion to oppose this wind turbine. Not surprising then that not many people who attended were open to the idea of wind turbines or in favour. At the end of the day Murton Is already scarred by electricity transmission with 2 rows of pylons plus wires running in parallel with the by-pass. Would a solitary wind turbine really make that much impact on the view? hokey cokey
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3:31am Sun 30 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Both solar and wind power are not the silver bullet solution to energy demands... primarily because they are intermittent. Solar power only works at daytime, whereas more power is used in the evening peak - which for half the year is after darkness has fallen and so zero energy is coming from solar power then. Wind turbines do not generate if the wind is too slow, or if the wind is too fast, and lots of them are required to get anywhere near the generation capacity of even a small coal-fired power station.

We are an island nation surrounded by coastline that gets a lot of rain. That is the answer right there - invest in todal power, wave power, and hydroelectric turbines at the outflows of existing reservoirs.
Both solar and wind power are not the silver bullet solution to energy demands... primarily because they are intermittent. Solar power only works at daytime, whereas more power is used in the evening peak - which for half the year is after darkness has fallen and so zero energy is coming from solar power then. Wind turbines do not generate if the wind is too slow, or if the wind is too fast, and lots of them are required to get anywhere near the generation capacity of even a small coal-fired power station. We are an island nation surrounded by coastline that gets a lot of rain. That is the answer right there - invest in todal power, wave power, and hydroelectric turbines at the outflows of existing reservoirs. Magicman!
  • Score: 5

9:43am Sun 30 Mar 14

oldgoat says...

What is it with this 'silver bullet'?
There is no suggestion that any one source is the complete answer, but we have an abundance of free (as in not having to pay someone else for the source materials) natural energy, and harvesting it in any way we can is what we need to be doing.
Wind, solar, hydro are all valid. Micro generation through roof mounted turbines and solar panels is one part. Wind farms (one or more turbines) is another. Offshore turbines and wave/tidal is another.

Nuclear is not an option. The cost, time, security, source materials and waste are all against it.
What is it with this 'silver bullet'? There is no suggestion that any one source is the complete answer, but we have an abundance of free (as in not having to pay someone else for the source materials) natural energy, and harvesting it in any way we can is what we need to be doing. Wind, solar, hydro are all valid. Micro generation through roof mounted turbines and solar panels is one part. Wind farms (one or more turbines) is another. Offshore turbines and wave/tidal is another. Nuclear is not an option. The cost, time, security, source materials and waste are all against it. oldgoat
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Sun 30 Mar 14

stevenz23 says...

I'd rather have a wind turbine one mile away than a nuclear power station 100 miles away.

We need to make some compromises.
I'd rather have a wind turbine one mile away than a nuclear power station 100 miles away. We need to make some compromises. stevenz23
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DeeJaiEss says...

Never mind, at this rate there will be no need to worry...because the sea level will rise and thus there will be no land to build wind turbines on.

I'm not saying that the electricity generated by wind turbine would have made much of an impact globally but it would have done locally - it's far better than sitting there, arms folded and saying 'not here!'

With the wettest winter on record in the rear view mirror, when will we realise it's not about the aesthetics or the value of your house, it's about this lump of rock that we are living on.

To add more concern, today have you had Ed Davey trying to reassure us that there won't be any blackouts (http://www.bbc.co.u
k/news/business-2680
8580).

Please WAKE UP before it's too late!
Never mind, at this rate there will be no need to worry...because the sea level will rise and thus there will be no land to build wind turbines on. I'm not saying that the electricity generated by wind turbine would have made much of an impact globally but it would have done locally - it's far better than sitting there, arms folded and saying 'not here!' With the wettest winter on record in the rear view mirror, when will we realise it's not about the aesthetics or the value of your house, it's about this lump of rock that we are living on. To add more concern, today have you had Ed Davey trying to reassure us that there won't be any blackouts (http://www.bbc.co.u k/news/business-2680 8580). Please WAKE UP before it's too late! DeeJaiEss
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12:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Halifaxbomber says...

Please feel free to stick a few in my village, be no complaints from me
Please feel free to stick a few in my village, be no complaints from me Halifaxbomber
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