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Wherstead: Tim Yeo and Jane Basham lobby against Pannington Farm turbine, but Greens in favour

14:30 27 January 2014

A packed public meeting at Pinewood Community hall to hear the debate on the controversial proposals for a 130m high wind turbine on farmland at Wherstead, near Ipswich.

A packed public meeting at Pinewood Community hall to hear the debate on the controversial proposals for a 130m high wind turbine on farmland at Wherstead, near Ipswich.

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Nearly 300 people attended a public meeting to galvanise opposition to controversial proposals for a huge wind turbine on land near Ipswich.

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A packed public meeting at Pinewood Community hall to hear the debate on the controversial proposals for a 130m high wind turbine on farmland at Wherstead, near Ipswich.A packed public meeting at Pinewood Community hall to hear the debate on the controversial proposals for a 130m high wind turbine on farmland at Wherstead, near Ipswich.

Both South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo and prospective Labour candidate Jane Basham spoke out against the proposals for the 130metre tall turbine on privately-owned land at Pannington Farm, Wherstead.

The meeting – held at Pinewood Community Hall, Ipswich – was told the structure could affect thousands of residents living within two kilometres of its site, and those closest could suffer unnecessary noise and light flicker.

It would also blight the area for the many people who use it for recreation, including walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders and birdwatchers.

Mr Yeo said he would be writing a letter of objection to Babergh District Council highlighting the “overwhelmingly strong public opinion against this proposal” and would continue his objection if the issue ended up going to appeal.

Ms Basham said many people she had spoken to in the constituency were not against wind turbines or green energy.

She said: “What I do know is that other than a few crumbs from the Section 106 money there is no community benefit to this proposal.

“It will be the landowners and energy companies that benefit directly from any loss of amenity not the people affected by it.

“If wind turbines are one way forward, I want to see a community-owned cooperative approach to green energy here to make sure that local people secure real benefits such as lower energy bills.

“I support the Stop Ipswich Turbines group (SIT) and will work with them to raise awareness of its impact and lobby against it.”

Peter Evans, chairman of SIT, who organised the meeting along with Belstead, Pinewood and Wherstead parish councils, said he was very pleased with the significant turnout and support from residents.

Babergh Green Party though has welcomed the Pannington Farm turbine.

Robert Lindsay, co-ordinator of Babergh Green Party, said: “All the scare-mongering about these turbines is not borne out by reality.

“I happen to think these streamlined giants are a beautiful solution to the problem of producing clean energy and personally would welcome one in my backyard.

“Protestors and councillors and MPs who say ‘not in my backyard’ need to say how they will save the save the energy or cut the demand for the energy that the turbine would have generated.”

People have until February 28 to give their views to Babergh council on the proposals submitted by Partnership for Renewables.

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13 comments

  • Robert Lindesy must have chosen to completely ignore the lady from Kessingland then !!! She clearly told the meeting how the turbines near her house had destroyed their lives. Horrendous noise and shaddow flicker problems as well as a visual intrusion and de valuation of their homes. People who use the phrase not in my back yard make me sick !! We have a perfect right to object to the industrialisation of our countryside. We chose to live in the area for what it is like now, We did not choose to live in a power station. I personnaly would be 700m from the proposed turbine. I have no doubt that my family would be blighted. And i would imagine my property would de value massively, while the landowner and PFR would make huge gains out of our loss. This is not how it should be. We all have an obligation to cut energy usage,My family have taken many steps to decrease our energy usage, with insulation, energy efficient light bulbs and a smaller car, but destroying our countryside is not the answer. ~this development would be a huge price for the locals to shoulder. Yes go ahead with Offshore turbines and nuclear in remote areas where people wont be affected. BUT NO ONSHORE TURBINE IN BELSTEAD WHERSTEAD

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    Victor

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Oh I see so because the manufacture causes a bit of co2 they are written off. What about long term hey, I do know what I am talking about. I have never read such a load of rot. I hate to say it but one day we will realise the mistakes made and all because of vanity. Unbelievable. If hans told you to jump off a cliff.... Look up the actual figures of the pollution caused by these wondrous impressive things. The amount of pollution caused during the mining of materials to construct these awesome things is negligible, approx 98% of the pollution due to the mining goes on un renewable energy or things that end up being dumped. The not in my back yard brigade have used these feeble excuses so long now they believe the hype. These are the way forward. They all of a sudden ignore the pollutionco2 issues when they are out to sea, that's true. On land these things are cheap to maintain at sea it becomes costly. The whole argument against really truly does boil down to property resale prices, it's such a shame. Once again I use the word selfish.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Oh I see so because the manufacture causes a bit of co2 they are written off. What about long term hey, I do know what I am talking about. I have never read such a load of rot. I hate to say it but one day we will realise the mistakes made and all because of vanity. Unbelievable. If hans told you to jump off a cliff.... Look up the actual figures of the pollution caused by these wondrous impressive things. The amount of pollution caused during the mining of materials to construct these awesome things is negligible, approx 98% of the pollution due to the mining goes on un renewable energy or things that end up being dumped. The not in my back yard brigade have used these feeble excuses so long now they believe the hype. These are the way forward. They all of a sudden ignore the pollutionco2 issues when they are out to sea, that's true. On land these things are cheap to maintain at sea it becomes costly. The whole argument against really truly does boil down to property resale prices, it's such a shame. Once again I use the word selfish.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Lee Davies There is absolutely no intelligence in your comment, Just bitterness People genuinely are affected by these monsters, the weight off evidence is there for all to see and hear So keep your drivel to yourself

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    Victor

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Victor - The turbine will be half a mile from you !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Taking into account that all of the carbon dioxide in the air has no influnce on climate change, let alone the 3% that humans may have added, there is no need for one more turbine anywhere. Taking also into account the immense pollution caused in Mongolia and China during the mining of the special minerals and the entire manufacturing process, there is nothing green at all about these machines. When all aspects are analysed, they actually add carbon dioxide, but of course not in green, clean England! The people happy to have a turbine in their back garden have not one clue about the damage caused in far-flung countries, nor the direct damage to the eco-systems within which these machines are erected. Have you ever thought about how to recycle them? That's another headache for future generations. Wake up to reality, realise that climate change is perfectly natural and that we humans have no influence upon the one and only true climate-driver: the sun.

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    Hans Schreuder

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Oh and Victor, thanks for the personal attack. Did I attack you by name? No. Please grow up.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • The anti windmillers will one day be reviled, the day that the last gasp of air is breathed and the world dies. But at least the view will be lovely. SIT why drop the H.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Wow some long comments here... Im all for this turbine and any others. They look cool and are for a good cause. Simple really....

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    John Smith

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Ignorant, selfish ,single minded idiots are a few things I think of the anti turbine brigade. Or neighbours of the windmills as they are also known. I am 100% British so am qualified to say this, why are the British so stupid and old fashioned? These idiots are quite prepared to see their heirs suffocate to a slow and painful death, rather than have a windmill next door, so selfish. No wonder Europe laugh at us, they do.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Taking into account that all of the carbon dioxide in the air has no influnce on climate change, let alone the 3% that humans may have added, there is no need for one more turbine anywhere. Taking also into account the immense pollution caused in Mongolia and China during the mining of the special minerals and the entire manufacturing process, there is nothing green at all about these machines. When all aspects are analysed, they actually add carbon dioxide, but of course not in green, clean England! The people happy to have a turbine in their back garden have not one clue about the damage caused in far-flung countries, nor the direct damage to the eco-systems within which these machines are erected. Have you ever thought about how to recycle them? That's another headache for future generations. Wake up to reality, realise that climate change is perfectly natural and that we humans have no influence upon the one and only true climate-driver: the sun.

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    Hans Schreuder

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Lee You would do well to read hans,s comment Manufacture of turbines does more harm than good He actually knows what he is talking about While you on the other hand ..........

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    Victor

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Lee Davies There is absolutely no intelligence in your comment, Just bitterness People genuinely are affected by these monsters, the weight off evidence is there for all to see and hear So keep your drivel to yourself

    Report this comment

    Victor

    Monday, January 27, 2014

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