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15th March 2012
I am appalled at the proposed wind turbines in Coxley valley. This beautiful and special place is a haven for wildlife and a much needed recreational resource for people to enjoy. I seriously doubt that the parish council have any idea about the wishes or well-being of the people it serves. Coxley valley should be protected. It's what makes the area such a lovely place to live. I view the wind turbines proposal as an act of vandalism putting profit before people and striking at the very heart of our community.
12th March 2012
The Parish Council still have not, in my opinion, held the Public Consulation Meeting and this is specifically part of the process before stage 2 is to be commissioned. The Meeting held on Thursday 1st March by Origins was NOT a consulation. They did not, at any point consult. In fact, they left when their inability to answer searching questions became as apparent as the refusal of the community to listen to a load of half-baked, ill-informed whitewash!
M. Hirst (disgusted)!.
6th March 2012
I am appalled to hear of the proposed wind turbines in Coxley valley!! I am in favour of this type of generation of power but only in suitable places, not so near to houses or in a place where dogs, horses & people have pleasurable exercise. The turbines would have such a negative effect that I cannot believe that any Council would even consider them!!
Mrs Shirley Forsyth
6th March 2012
Having attended the Middlestown meeting on wind turbines, I must register my deep concerns. The Origin representative gave a poor presentation, with inaccurate calculations, waffle and evasiveness, refusing to answer the final question on previous projects, and hastily closing the meeting. We were told that the wind turbine issue was based on rumours, and yet we now have a detailed feasibility plan based solely on turbines. He stated that Origin Energy's goal is to be of benefit to the community. Am I being overly cynical when I read on Origin's own website, that they will "design, finance, build and operate wind turbines on behalf of the community" and wonder exactly who will benefit?
The huge turnout last Thursday at both schools, with the majority of attendees resolutely against this scheme is not an indication of nimbyism within the parish, but a desire to maintain and protect an area of beauty and tranquility which generations have enjoyed in the past, and the benefits of which should not be denied to future generations.
Apart from the visual impact of these monstrosities, and the destruction of the countryside which their construction would cause, they are an unpredictable and at times inefficient source of energy and I urge the Parish Council to take heed of the vast opposition to this scheme and act accordingly.
Mr Michael Luke
5th March 2012
I attended the meeting at Middlestown School on thutrsday 1 march. According to the Parish council website "Two Public Consultation Events have been arranged at which Origin Energy will present information on the potential to site wind turbines in the Parish."
The stage 1 feasibility study which was submiitted to the Parish council 12 months earlier only considered wind turbines . In the minutes of the parish council meeting of March 1 2011 it was "stressed that dialogue with the community would be required if the scheme was to progres".
For whatever reason the study was only made available a couple of days before the first and only public consultation fully 12 months later . In the meantime rumour had festered.
At the Middlestown meeting Steve Carney of Origin informed the gathering that he was not here to talk about the wind turbines, to the consternation of all, but launched into a presentation about different types of renewable energy. He undertook to post the full details on the Origin sitlington webpage but only the introduction has appeared. We were given the impression that this would form stage 2 of the Study. Indeed, he subsequently confirmed to me by email that he would also be looking into geothermal possibilities. Surely all this should have the basis of a stage one report.
The strong reaction at the meeting made it clear that whatever the merits of wind energy the siting of wind turbines in Coxley valley was totally unacceptable.
Poor communication and misinformation by both the Parish council and Origin have abounded and seem to have left the propects of forming a village cooperative to run any of the other alternatives dead in the water.
Mr David Ramsbotham
5th March 2012
We need to get the Government onside, as well as local councils and others, if we are going to stop these wind turbines being built.
Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection to the Government on
or by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958" and following the link.
Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to your local Newsletter and to the Editors of your local newspapers.
Could you also please promote this petition at your meeting tonight and on your website.
Many thanks and the best of luck with your campaign.
Mr Gavin Elden
3rd March 2012
On attending the presentation at Middlestown it was quite apparent that a large majority of people were there to protest against the imaginary wind turbines. Unfortunately because of this it was not possible for anyone to gain a clear understanding of what Origin Energy were actually offering to the community.
With a view to helping the community, Origin had been commissioned to create a report on how the parish could generate enough electricity to offset that used by its parishioners. As far as Origin and the report were concerned, the most cost effective solution would be the installation of wind turbines, at no time were there any proposals to actually build them.
Under current government funding initiatives, communities are able to create co-operatives that generate an income stream which can be used to benefit local people. Origin were there, purely to show us how we could create a Community Enterprise, not to sell us wind turbines.
The next stage would have been to create a Co-operative which would then decide, democratically, how we, as a community, would proceed. Wind turbines, hydro, biomass, geothermal and solar are just some of the available options.
Alas, democracy was in short supply on Thursday, scared off by rumours and nimbyism.
Mr. C. M. Woodhead
2nd March 2012
After attending the Middlestown meeting regarding the Wind Turbines, and listening to the "Origin" presentation, I feel that people are fully justified in objecting to the proposals.
Thec Origin spokesman said at the beginning of the presentation ,that he felt that the people who attended the meeting had done so because of their objection to Wind Turbines, but his company had not proposed any such thing? Yet throughout the presentation Wind Turbines were mentioned several times along with Hydro, Biomass, Solar etc, and the figures he quoted semed to change as he waffled on.
I feel that this whole execise should be dropped and that the Parish Council should withdraw this whole scheme, and have the courage to do this, otherwise their credibility will be zero in the eyes of the Parish, or at least the many of us who do not want this.
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