St Osyth: Firm promises cash windfall if turbines get the green light


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Community groups from a north Essex village could benefit from a cash windfall if proposals for the erection of two 130-metre tall wind turbines go-ahead.

Airvolution Energy Limited, a company that specialises in developing small wind energy projects, is investigating a site at Park Hall, near St Osyth, and says the project will “guarantee” yearly payments of up to £12,000 per year for 25 years, which will go into a community benefit fund from the money made generating electricity.

The company says the funds would be administered by GrantScape, an independent charity which ensures that each fund maximises the benefits for the community.

The proposal is to have a panel of local representatives who will manage the fund and decide how it is spent. On other projects run by Airvolution, the fund has supported initiatives such as energy efficiency, education projects and local regeneration and conservation schemes.

The company estimates that the Park Hall site is potentially suitable for two wind turbines of up to 131 metres in height to the tip of the top blade. Details of the plans are due to be presented to people living in the vicinity today and has organised a community information day at St Osyth Village Hall.

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The proposed turbines would be sited next to an existing wind farm of five 125m turbines located on Earls Hall Farm, a private area of land approximately one mile west of Clacton.

“We are very keen to introduce ourselves to the local community and to hear what residents think about the possibility of an additional two turbines close to the existing Earls Hall wind farm,” said communications manager Alison Hood.

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“Our team will be available to explain what we are considering and to answer any questions.

“We will display information about our proposals, and show what the turbines would look like from various viewpoints.”

The community information day takes place at St Osyth Village Hall, Clacton Road, St Osyth from 1-7pm.

Further details can be found at the website.

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