PS-15: GL-W. – My Own Letter Of Opposition, …

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PS – 15:

18-May-2015
(PS-15: GL-W. – My Own Letter Of Opposition, Probably Too Factual for most on the Planning Committee to be willing to read!)

  •  Herewith my objection to the application (sorry the formatting has become a little muddled!):
  • HOME OWNER, RESIDENT AND RATEPAYER
    In the Parish of Tidenham
    AT:
    Home Cottage,
    Stroat,
    Tidenham,
    The Forest of Dean,
    Gloucestershire,
    NP16 7LR
    01594 – 526 337
    18-May-2015
    FODDC,
    COUNCIL OFFICES,
    HIGH STREET,
    COLEFORD,
    GL16 8HG
    PLANNING Department: planning@fdean.gov.uk
    CASE OFFICER STEPHEN COLEGATE: stephen.colegate@fdean.gov.uk
    COPY:
    MARK HARPER MP: fod@gloucestershireconservatives.com
    PARISH COUNCILLORS clerk@tidenhamparishcouncil.co.uk
    Re.: Planning Application PO365/15/FUL
    INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT of INITIAL WIND TURBINE
    Severndale Farm, Stroat, Tidenham, NP16 7LL
    STOP WIND TURBIBE 01
    • TOTAL HEIGHT ABOVE RIVER 337 Feet +
    • Hanley Hill 22m
    • Tower Structure 60m
    • Blade/Sail 1/2 Diameter (54m) 27m
    • + Concrete Mount Block ?
    TOTAL 109m or 337 feet + mountDear Sirs,
    Please be advised of my extensively researched and implacable objection to the industrialisation of this Rural Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Fuller reasons and many detailes and links to accurate and proven facts opposing the installation may be found at:
    http://stroat-gloucestershire.com/2015/05/17/60m-wind-turbine-eyesore-application-for-stroat/
    where many detailed factual arguments are raised, together with the views and opinions of many well informed individuals together with views and opinions of many local individuals.It would clearly be deleterious of anyone involved in the decision making in this application not to study the details enumerated therein.Minded of the constraints of time permit me to put the time required in perspective – a responsible finding of facts from the source quoted may take as much as a day out of YOUR life however by the proud boast of the applicant this monstrous carbuncle in our midst will be present and effecting many 1,000s of lives over the next 25 years and it is highly unlikely that the monstrous concrete block on which the 87m. high tower with its 158 foot span blades will stand will ever be removed!I appreciate the gadarene rush to profit from the subsidies, required to enable the pretence that wind turbines are cost effective, however like the Gadarene there is every probability that this will lead to a leap off the cliff for those effected!I object to this application on the grounds that there is no proven case for installing these monstrous intrusions and any pretence that they may provide a ‘community benefit’ of any consequence is dwarfed by the many disadvantages to the community and society as a whole, and thus appears to be little more than a sop, or to put it clearly a bribe!A measure of the dishonesty of this application, which strengthens my resolve to oppose it is:
    01. The headline figure of the height of the industrial structure is 60m. it is only when one drills down in the small print that it becomes apparent it is not a mere 60m. but will tower over the Severn Estuary in splendid un camouflaged isolation (until of course this precedent may be granted permitting seried ranks of them) by 337 Feet!
    02. It is claimed dishonestly by the applicant that there has been public consultation – there has been absolutely no public consultation, it would seem to be that the applicant seeks to mislead the planners by alluding to a sales presentation made by themselves, to an invited audience some 3 years ago! After which the applicants withdrew their application, no doubt in the realisation they had failed to convince!
    O3. It would seem that the applicants seek to further mislead by claiming that an environmental study has been presented when no such adequate environmental study has been made as:
    A. The study has not considered the deleterious effects of their proposed industrial action to the reed beds between their proposed installation and the river, which are the gathering ground for migratory birds, which gather to feed. and thus fatten to provide the necessary energy, prior to their long migration south to warmer climes for the winter – birds which WILL be slaughtered in consequential numbers as the turbine blades smash them from the side – the report pays no cogniscience to the differences of impact at different seasons.
    B. The study has made no allowance for the distance of travel of either noise, light flicker or safety lighting, particularly on the rising ground of the Forest approaches behind it – where many homes and farms and their livestock WILL be effected. It should be noted that the low frequency hum from the turbine, which they admit will be between 35 & 45 DB on a substantial radius of grounds & homes, below it will be likewise yet travel considerably further on a level with the source! Sound tends to travel further in a set pressure (altitude) density of air, particularly low frequency, long wave pattern sound, thus can cause considerably more damage to a wider radius stretching for several miles –
    eg the low frequency communication of elephants which can be detected over 20 miles away!
    C. I have been unable to trace a single solitary risk assessment of the damage done to micro organisms and their predatory food chain in soil, yet it is known that the continuous low frequency vibration radiates in the soil, causing a fall off in both micro organisms and the worms and the like that feed on them, including the larvae of the many insects on which the migratory birds are utterly dependent. The loss of such life and the vibration leads to compression of the soil and a form of soil cancer.
    D. I appreciate that the RSPB has made no objection nor any se4rious consideration however I would suggest that without implementation of an FoI report it would be wise to discount their input, or failure to input, as it is widely believed the Wind Turbine promoters are amongst their substantial donors!
    E. There would seem to be absolutely no consideration given to the impact on the many raptors in the area and even more significantly to the many owls that patrol this territory at night, with no hope of seeing the rotating blades until they are struck and killed – leading to a damaging increase in both mice and rats!
    F. Astonishingly the so called environmental report fails to even mention the Environmental Agency’s flood warning maps that show Severndale Farm WILL potentially be effected!
    04. I also object to these plans being put forward at this time, which so redolently smacks of ‘A good time to bury bad news’!
    The planning application was validated on 17-Apr-2015, after Parliament had been prorogued – thus from then forward the peoples of this community were without meaningfull representation and all in the political diaspora were involved in the flux of election.
    We had no MP representing us until 08-May-2015 and beyond during which the new Parliament was coming to existence as a Government.
    We had no meaningfull Councillors as they were seeking election or re-election and even now have not been accurately listed on the web site of FoDDC. In fact I believe they have not been sworn in yet, let alone selected for the various committees – particularly planning!
    We are as yet unrepresented by Parish Councillors who are due to be sworn in on 20-May-2015 and the first occasion on which they can consider the matter before the, to be selec ted, planning committee is the 27-May-2015!.This is clearly a shoddy and unsatisfactory manner in which to pretend to a democratic process.I incline to believe that the application was made at this time deliberately to suit the applicant and thus I believe the Council has little option but to act with integrity and extend the period by at least the 37 days that have been lost from the 17-Apr-2015 until the 27-May-2015.
    Fortunately with her last two clear days the outgoing councillor Gabriella Kirkpatrick acted decisively and with integrity and at my request ‘called in the plans’.
    05. I am also minded to oppose this application as, although within electoral law, the candidacy of Mrs. Maria Edwards for a council seat is of some moral turpitude as although she was standing as a Conservative Councillor she seems to have overlooked the gathering opprobrium of her own party for the siting of wind turbines on land and the stated intention of providing nil public funding for all applications that were made and not granted prior to the election. I incline to the understanding that Mrs. Edwards failed totally to make it clear to the electorate that were she elected it would prove potentially fortuitously profitable for her as the wife and thus partner in the application for the wind turbine at Severndale Farm – had she told the truth to the electorate I believe she would not have stood any chance of being elected and unseating a candidate with the community’s interests at heart!
    I believe Mrs. Edwards’ position to be morally repugnant and her status as being out of keeping with the very principles of democracy regardless of the fact she may declare her interests at a later stage it does appear she obtained her position by deception.
    06. I appreciate that in return for the massive subsidies enjoyed by installers of this failed concept of power generation hereto fore there is a limp and implausible attempt to claim a ‘community benefit’ when quite clearly there is no meaningfull benefit gained that even begins to compensate for the damage such an industrial installation in so clearly a rural AoONB and loss of visual amenity for so many 1,000s of people, minded this edifice will be visible from Gloucester and much of South Gloucestershire and of course much of the FoD, being some 337feet high when Gloucester Cathedral is a mere 229 feet high!The pretence of a community benefit is palpably little more than an effort at justification by the applicants. much beyond the very personal member of the community and his own bank account.To justify this statement may I point out the public accounts of one of the applicants. who also has a similar interest in the wind turbine at St.Briavels which values that interest of around 50% as being £500,000 – perhaps besides free/subsidised electricity for Severndale Farm the applicants could make clear the relevance to the community of the small sop they offer relative to the £! Million value of their subsidised installation with a mere 20% efficacy and thus were it 100% effective the value would doubtless be in excess of £5 Million!I regret that a pretence at a ‘Community Benefit’ seems little more than an insignificant bribe relative to the huge benefit for the applicants developing this industrial installation and the damage done to this AoONB not to mention the loss of amenity, potential health risks, damage from noise, flicker and safety lighting not to mention the visual damage resultant from this installation – bear in mind that The Forestry Commission advise me that the largest genus of tree that grows in the FoD is the Douglas Fir which in our climate grows to a height6 of just over 115 feet or one third of the height of this 337 foot wind turbine with its 158 foot blades!I do not include the value of property as it would seem that the loss of property value for possibly 100 people is of no planning significance when measured against the gain of one or two individuals – it may not be a planning issue but to any individual with one wit of morality it is a very clear issue!
    07. A particular reason I am opposed to this application is both personal and public in that as a user, on a regular basis, of the A48 which besides being designated as a Roman road is recognised as the most dangerous road in Europe based, I understand, on death rate per mile in terms of vehicle miles.
    Minded that a principal cause of accidents is ‘distraction’ there can be no more convincing an argument against this industrial installation, being both close to the road and clearly inappropriate in such an open rural setting as it towers over the river by 337 feet and is a moving object dominant in line with such beautiful views – a half seen and even more distracting object at night with its alarm security lighting for the very many low flying light aircraft and the many helicopter flights in its immediate proximity – flights which are frequently below the height of this moving edifice. An even more dangerous object and distracting installation in the dense sea mist that frequently rolls up The Severn Estuary.
    08. One should also be minded that in consideration of the Roman ruins in the immediate area it is worthy of particular note that in ajoining fields there is the platform of what is believed to be a Roman temple, also of a Roman villa there is also I understand a Roman Mansio (a Mansio being the stopping point for Roman troops distanced by the marching regime of Roman Centurions on the move) this particular Mansio was the point at which troops gathered to await the right tide when crossing the Severn south or mustering to dry out and get in good order after crossing from South Gloucestershire.It is likely that there are other features as yet undiscovered.
    It is also worthy of note that Hanley Hill is known to be the Moot and as such was the meeting point for residents of Tidenham and thus has both medieval and pre medieval significance.
    09. It is also worthy of note that there was at one time an electricity pylon sited on Hanley Hill which was removed as it was considered unsigtly and the cabling was diverted.
    10. Please also be advised of the letter of objection to a similarly sited, though better camophlaged, application locally, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) which contains many relevant points significant to this current application, which can be read at:

    Click to access P1396_CPRE_Objections.pdf


    11. This installation is far too close to the river, thus on the open historic flood plane and sticking out like a sore thumb and visible for miles around, this huge industrial structure, which will be over 150 feet taller than St. Mary’s Church in Lydney and 3 times the height of Nelson’s Column in London, with its related noise and visual impact is far too close to residential properties and will effect far more properties than were it situated, like most other such structures, as being in a valley many more properties are effected on a level with the structure and its visibility will be for miles around being on so prominent and open a site.
    12. I also object to this and other similar applications on purely ethical grounds as there is something particularly distastefull and morally bankrupt about the funding of these ‘white elephants’ as they are part funded by taxing the poor, through their unavoidable electricity bills, and then handing the cash to landowners and the wealthy – I find this to be utterly reprehensible.
    13. I am further opposed to these installations, particularly in such an inappropriate position when it is now well proven that wind turbines are not only an ecologically unsound method of generating electricity but greedy in two natural resources in short supply, namely the excess use of copper, which is an increasingly diminishing strategic resource and rare earth extracts available from only China where it is increasingly extracted utilising this scarce resource in an irresponsible manner in the manufacture of the turbines.
    14. These applications should further be rejected as it is increasingly apparent that they are so inefficient that the Government finds itself in the ludicrous position of subsidising owners with taxes levied even on the poor to fund subsidies to pay owners to take their turbines off line – turbines which those very same tax payers were taxed to fund the construction of.
    15. I further reject the idea of constructing this wind turbine in the light of the many 100s of truck movements that will be necessitated on the already over crowded and dangerous A48, which clearly to judge by the numerous potholes Gloucester highways can not afford to properly repair leaving the tax payer with unsound and unsafe roads and increased wear and tear, not to mention direct damage, to vehicles – indubitably a fairer and more intelligent use of subsidies than these follies as applied for.
    16. I am additionally opposed to this industrial installation in the light of the inevitable need for a service road with either a 110 or 150 tonne load capacity to allow for access by heavy lift crane facilities – a service road that will require an unsightly bell mouth junction on the A48 in the proximity of Hanley Farm shop and the property of Wibdon Farm some 60 meters in extent!
    17. In support of the rejection of this application I also believe that the probability that this application may prove a precedent if it is irresponsibly accepted for the erection of many more similar industrial installations despoiling the rural banks of the River Severn and its estuary and their visual amenity for its people and its visitors.
    18. I am also opposed to this application on the very real danger to jobs in the area, many of which are dependent on tourism and day visitors to the area all of whom will find their enjoyment of this AoONB with its many wonderful view points debased should this and similar installations be approved, this application alone will be visible from many of the classic view points in the FoD and almost all such view points in South Gloucestershire – we have a duty of care for future generations to ensure they can enjoy the unbefouled FoD we have all enjoyed.
    19. I believe that it is unprincipled to believe there is any sound motivation to grant this application funded in part by unwilling tax payers who can ill afford the subsidies to enrich a few selfish individuals. The concept of smaller investors being able to participate is debatable in that that may bring no local benefits as the investment will be open via the internet to the world at large as is the applicants fatuous petition orchestrated on the internet and accessible around the world, in the realisation that petitions are prone to abuse I understand local residents decided it would be unethical and counter productive to raise a petition, just as they have it would seem extended their encouragement to comment to local residents only.
    20. It is important to note, in deciding to reject this application, the claimed green aspects of such wind turbines – firstly their justification is grounded in the widely discredited IPCC report of Al Gore & Rajendra K. Paschauri where many of the claimed supporters have requested removal of their names and the signators to exposes of the theory far outweigh the supporters in their denunciation of the IPCC Report with the leak of East Anglia dUniversity documentation encompassing some 20,000 eMails that proved beyond doubt that much of the detail in the IPCC report was downright dishonest at worst and largely unsound being based on selective use of data!
    Do also note that Rajendra paschauri with his close partisan associations with Tatta Industries has recently been ousted from his job and Al Gore is now soundly discredited and the report itself has been accepted in Court to be insufficiently accurate to teach as a science in schools in Britain.
    21. Penultimately in considering this application it is important to accept the fact that any concept of benefit to the green carbon footprint is far outweigjhed by the enormouse level of carbon output in the production of the cement alone let alone the carbon footprint of transportation of the required other ingredients of the concrete block that will act as the mount, let alone the carbon footprint of the manufacture, fabrication and construction of the enormous industrial structure.
    On optimum output it will take at least 10 years to ‘repay’ the carbon cost of construction and as even the applicant’s claimed figure projects a 35% of optimum output, which can be considered optimistic as their other wind turbine at St. Briavels has an output of around 20% – thus reducing profitability to allow a mere £8,000 for so called ‘community benefit’ which was originally projected at £20,000 where £8,000 to £20,000 is likely to be the cost in lost value for any single property in its damage zone in terms of noise and loss of visual amenity and constant flicker day and night whether from sunlight or safety lighting!
    22. Finally let us consider in my opposition to this application the obvious fact that if the applicant had a genuione concern for the environment, as his recent award would show in 2014 one wonders why he did not advise the competition organisers that he was on the verge of despoiling the natural beauty of the area and installing a dangerous and overbearing industrial installation 337 feet above the River Severn ajoining the already overcrowded A48 adding to the likelihood of fatalities for people and birds alike.
    Was there a genuine interest in alternative energy rather than enrichment via subsidies surely the applicant would have clad his many relatively new barns with solar panels which would have been considerably less visually damaging to the area at large, would pose no additional danger to road users and wildlife and which have a proven track record of being cost effective without public funding from taxation!With regard to my opposition to this application as a resident in the immediate locality of this proposed industrial installation please be assured that together with the 22 reasons for my opposition it would be relatively easy to identify a further 78 reasons giving 100 sound reasons why on scientific grounds, amenity grounds, danger grounds and wildlife grounds this application is not only unsound but morally unsupportable, further as you can see from the web site:
    http://stroat-gloucestershire.com/2015/05/17/60m-wind-turbine-eyesore-application-for-stroat
    appropriate links to supportive documentations for such a selected 100 reasons to oppose the installation can readily be provided.It is for these many and varied reasons that I oppose the application and would ask that as responsible planning authority that the applicant would seem to have a paucity of sound and proven benefits to offer to justify the application beyond narrow personal interests without ‘community benefits’ or benefits for society at large that would in any way counteract the harm done were this application to be approved, be that now or at appeal – an appeal the applicant would be likely to lose were they minded to persue a rejection, in the light of the change of policy of Her Majesty’s newly elected Government with its undeniable and clear majority – a policy change attested to both by the Minister concerned Michael Fallon prior to the election and by the party manifesto.Thus I call upon the relevant authorities to responsibly represent and uphold my opposition to this application.
    Regards,
    Greg_L-W.
    Greg Lance – Watkins
    HOME OWNER, RESIDENT AND RATEPAYER
    In the Parish of Tidenham
    AT:
    Home Cottage,
    Stroat,
    Tidenham,
    The Forest of Dean,
    Gloucestershire,
    NP16 7LR
    01594 – 528 337

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We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

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PS-13: Adrian Edwards M.Sc. C.Eng. FIET Planning Objection re: sound etc.

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PS – 13:

15-May-2015
(PS-13: Adrian Edwards M.Sc. C.Eng. FIET Planning Objection re: sound & other effects!)

  • A valuable contribution to preserving the Severn Estuary from this industrial profiteering, of so little benefit to anyone other than the applicant:
  • From: Adrian Edwards <edwards.adrian@btinternet.com>
  • Subject: Planning Objection Ref. PO365/15/FUL
  • Date: 15 May 2015 09:52:50 BST
  • To: council@fdean.gov.uk
  • Cc: gregl-w@btconnect.com
  • We wish to register our objection in the strongest to terms to the above planning application for the following reasons;
    1. This constitutes the start of significant industrial development which is not in the county development plans. How many more may be envisaged up the valley?
    2. The construction is completely out of keeping with the environment.
    3. The potential for unacceptable noise levels.
    The report produced by Hoare Lea does not give assurances that noise levels will not be exceeded quite the contrary it states that it could well exceed acceptable levels. Since the models they refer to are not specific to this location all the data produced is merely a comparable extraction in their opinion.
    The aspects of VLF (very low frequency) effects has not been addressed since it is still a contentious issue. None of the reports refer to altitude effects and many of the local properties are at a similar or higher altitude as the propeller blades.

    The propagation and noise levels in a vertical plane have not been addressed or conveniently dismissed.

    Adrian Edwards M.Sc. C.Eng. FIET

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

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PS-12: The Questionable Morality Of The Application & The Applicant re Stroat WT!

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PS – 12:

14-May-2015
(PS-12: The Questionable Morality Of The Application & The Applicant re Stroat WT!)

  • It is interesting to note that a near identical planning application was made, but for a smaller Turbine in 2011.
  • Planning Application P0596/11/EIA, Severndale Farm Tidenham Chepst…
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  • EIA Screening opinion

    Council
    Forest of Dean District Council
    Council Reference
    P0596/11/EIA
    Address
    Severndale Farm Tidenham Chepstow Mon NP16 7LL
    Application Url
    http://publicaccess.fdean.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=LIV9LIHI03R00
    Location (from postcode)
    51.6618428540645, -2.63423225672715
    Decision
    EIA Required
    Applicant Name
    The Resilience Centre Ltd
    Start Date
    2011-03-16

    Further details

    Date Received
    Wed 16 Mar 2011
    Appeal Status
    Not Available
    Appeal Decision
    Not Available
    Alternative Reference
    Not Available
  • The application was withdrawn, presumably because the applicants felt it was doomed to failure.
  • It is noted the new application was made subsequent to the proroguing of Parliament for Local & General Election, acting as a huge distraction and seemingly ensuring no action was taken to oppose this unsightly, costly and dangerous industrial installation for a considerable period – as proven by the FoDDC Planning site where no public objection was made/displayed until AFTER the election, even then at a time when the FoDDC web site had no listing of the new councillors!
  • It is further worthy of note that the applicant’s wife stood for and was elected to the council without any indication of her interest in the pecuniary advantages of this inappropriate application – were I cynical I might consider this to be an deliberate act of dishonesty for personal gain and a breech of the ethics of public office in a democracy! (for the record I am cynical regarding the personal ambitions of most politicians!)

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

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PS-07: A Belated Start To A Campaign By The Effected Community

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13-May-2015
(PS-07: A Belated Start To A Campaign By The Effected Community)

  • Campaign starts against Tidenham wind turbine
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015

  • RESIDENTS living along the River Severn are campaigning against a planning application to put a 60m high wind turbine at Severndale Farm, Tidenham.

    With the length of the blades taken into account too, the maximum height of the wind turbine would be 87m, which would make it visible from Chepstow to Woolaston, and out across the Severn.

    The application has been made for “Change of use of agricultural land to wind turbine and installation of a wind turbine to generate renewable energy including grid connection and ancillary works”.

    Despite the application having been submitted on Thursday 29th January 2015 and published online on Tuesday 10th March, there have been no public comments published on the District Council’s website at the time of going to press.

    Claire Ford, who lives in neighbouring Stroat, says:
    “We received a letter from the Forest of Dean District Council on 1st May for a 60m wind turbine which is in fact 87m high when fully constructed. The proposed wind turbine is just 455m from my home.

    “I have three young children and am terrified of the impact this turbine will have on their futures as there are so many health issues these turbines can cause.

    “A small group of concerned residents met on Sunday evening (10th May) which was the first meeting to pull ideas together, discuss the issue and perhaps come up with a course of action.
    “Stroat is such a small village though it will be hard to get the message out to the wider area fast enough.”

    The deadline for residents to comment closes on Monday 18th May and plans can be viewed on the Forest of Dean District Council’s website at http://www.fdean.gov.uk under the planning portal with the reference number P0365/15/FUL

  • To view the original article CLICK HERE

  • PLEASE NOTE The deadline for comments IS Monday 18-May-2015 as stated on the FoD planning web site confirmed in conversation with Stephen Colgate the Planning Officer designated to this application 13-May-2015 12:00hrs by me directly.

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

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PS-11: The dubious merits & unethical background to this self serving application

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13-May-2015
(PS-11: The dubious merits & unethical background to this self serving application)

  • One is forced to wonder just what elements of democracy pertain in planning applications like this one, which seems morally reprehensible and set up to enrich the wealthy, and those devious enough to make them, at the expense of their communities, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and funded by subsidies comprising taxes questionably levied on the unwilling poor, the elderly and children through ethically bankrupt taxation on their inescapable fuel bills.
  • Compounding this seeming dishonesty is the repugnant fact that the applicant’s wife stands for the Council without making it clear to the electorate she may well be considered to have ulterior motives, and now we find that not only do they aim to shoehorn this application through without a current public exhibition but as you can see from this leaflet they claim to have had one!
    You will note the product they seem to have been forced (expediently) to withdraw, previously was not for the same item having been a smaller capacity turbine: CLICK HERE
  • Very few of those who will be directly disadvantaged by this monstrous carbuncle industrialising this unique rural area with its long visual aspects and largely untrammeled views attended the failed display of 3 years ago.
  • This is almost as dishonest as trying to rely on an environmental impact report that is also historic and would seem to have paid no cogniscence to the obscene damage to bird life had the report included the period when large numbers of migratory birds congregate over a period before setting out for warmer climes – a period when they wheel and swoop all around Hanley Hill, whilst roosting in the reed beds alongside the river, a period essential to ensuring they can catch enough insects to put on that extra fat that will provide them with the energy standby for their long flight and ensure they do not die in their thousands due to lack of nutrition. Amongst those not killed by wind turbines!
  • Let us not forget the Pylon which once stood on Hanley Hill was considered unsightly, and was subsequently removed!

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

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PS-08: Questionable Timings & Strange Comments!

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PS – 08:

12-May-2015
(PS-08: Questionable Timings & Strange Comments!)

  • To clarify the issue of deadline for comments:
    The media article in PS – 07 was correct in stating the official deadline for comment is Monday 18-May-2015.
  • I appreciate that a resident contacted the designated planning officer  Stephen Colgate as follows:
    From: REDACTED
    Sent: 06 May 2015 20:33
    To: Stephen Colegate
    Subject: PO365/15/FUL – query on timetable for comments

    Dear Stephen

    I understand you are the case officer for the above planning application.

    Please can you explain why the timescale for this application is allowed to coincide with local elections. I have spoken to a parish councillor about my concerns, but that individual is not standing for re-election. Clearly I am unable to express my views to newly elected representatives until after the results of elections are announced. This means I have less time to put across my views to elected local representatives, than would normally be the case in such planning applications.

    Please can this matter be considered and the timescale for comments be extended.

    Given the pressing timescales, I look forward to your early response.

    Kind Regards
    REDACTED

  • a copy of the letter and the response was sent to me by the concerned resident, together with the reply received from Stephen Colgate, which I agreed with the resident seemed to contradict the conversation I had had with Stephen Colgate subsequent to his response to the correspondence:
    rom: Stephen Colegate [mailto:Stephen.Colegate@fdean.gov.uk]
    Sent: 11 May 2015 11:06
    To: ‘REDACTED
    Subject: PO365/15/FUL – query on timetable for comments

    Dear REDACTED

    RE: PO365/15/FUL – query on timetable for commentsPlease note that the application has been called to Planning Committee prior to the election (likely to be 14th July 2015 committee) and that any representations received prior to the 30th June 2015 (deadline for my report to be finalised) will be taken into consideration.

    Regards
    Stephen Colegate
    Senior Planning Officer
    Forest of Dean District Council
    Tel: 01594 812375
    Email: stephen.colegate@fdean.gov.uk

  • PLEASE NOTE:

    I have, since the circulation of the letters above, had a lengthy conversation with Stephen Colegate and although it is easy to misunderstand his response which was made to the one resident who had explained their misgivings and problems in obtaining representation and information, he claims that the response was peculiar to ONLY that individual.

    The position still stands that the official deadline, as listed on the FoD planning site, is Monday 18-May-2015, whether you or I may consider that reasonable is of no concern to the facts!

    The deadline is, and will remain Monday 18-May-2015.

    That said Tidenham Parish Council have obtained an extension for the Parish Council to make a submission up until 27-May-2015

    as an outcome of the fact that the first opportunity for the Parish Council, with its new councillors, to sit is Wednesday 20-May-2015 at 19.00hrs.

    – a meeting at which the applicant’s professional representatives aim to make a sales pitch to show how this publicly subsidised profit motivated venture may benefit the community! – a situation which sounds both implausible and untrue to me and smacks of little more than local bribery!

  • ALL OF THAT SAID:
    May I suggest that IF you are reading this after the 18-May-2015 that you submit your comments and views regardless as I am sure and am informed they will be taken into account as long as they are received before Stephen Colgate has made his submission for the Council Planning Committee for the 30-June-2015.
  • Personally I am indebted to Gabriella Kirkpatrick for having represented my request for a delay, prior to the election, that Stephen Colegate was not minded to heed requests for an extension led to her then calling in the plans to ensure they were dealt with by the planning committee thus ensure some element of democracy!
  • Unfortunately Gabriella Kirkpatrick was voted out of office and I note Maria Edwards, the wife of the applicant, is now on the Council under the guise of a Conservative seat – which seems strange in the light of the Conservative Party committment in its manifesto and elsewhere to remove subsidies on all Wind Turbines for which application is granted after the election!
  • If you wish your views, facts and comments to be given their due weight may I strongly suggest that you seek to ensure they are with the Council on or before 18-May-2015 with copies to your MP, your County Councillors and your Parish Councillors!

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

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PS-09: The Absence of Site Notices & Paucity of Notifications as 1,000s WILL BE Effected!

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PS – 09:

12-May-2015
(PS-09: The Absence of Site Notices & Paucity of Notifications as
1,000s WILL BE Effected!)

  • The following site notices should be displayed: but on vigerous inspection on 12-May-2015 only one could be found
  • PLANNING SITE NOTICE 01
  • The text of the notice being:
  • The following application has been received:-
    At:
    Severndale Farm Tidenham Chepstow

    Proposed Development:
    Change of use of agricultural land to wind turbine and installation of a wind turbine to generate renewable energy, including grid connection and ancillary works.

    Application Number : DF4282 P0365/15/FUL
    The application can be inspected during office hours at:

    Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8HG
    Tel: 01594 810000

    A copy of the application has been sent to the appropriate Town/Parish Council Clerk, who may make the application available for public inspection at its discretion.

    Comments on this application should be made in writing to the above address by 19th May 2015
    Group Manager- Planning & Housing

  • &
  • PLANNING SITE NOTICE 02
  • On vigerous inspection on 12-May-2015 only one could be found, located curved around the gate of an unrelated property on the main A48.
    We know of absolutely no signs that have been displayed other than on the main road where there is no viable parking, no footpath and the ambient speed is 40 >80 mph
  • As Stephen Colegate assured me he sent out 107 letters of notification – however he did not break that down between statutory bodies and effected individuals!
  • He also conceded he had not sent notice to all who will be effected as that would run to 1,000s – how right he is!

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

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PS-10: Questionable Unsourced Circular Supposedly in Opposition!

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12-May-2015
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  • Please note – there has been an anonymous mailing to home owners, which has been seen by many as personalised and threatening, please be assured this mailing has nothing to do with this site and we repudiate such tactics. Further we do not believe that it was mailed by the applicants to discredit their opposition, as some have speculated!

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

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PS-06: Clive Hambler Offers Support & Contacts To Oppose Stroat Wind Turbine

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PS – 06:

11-May-2015
(PS-06: Clive Hambler Offers Support & Contacts To Oppose Stroat Wind Turbine)

  • You may find this correspondence of value with both its invaluable facts and quotes and its many links:

This gentleman (Clive Hambler) is an author and lecturer at Oxford, I emailed him today and he responded in 20 minutes with so useful information for me.

I have emailed a few more organisations linked to bats, birds and bees and will email James Delingpole tomorrow about his article http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100227983/wind-turbines-are-a-human-health-hazard-the-smoking-gun/ to see whether he may wish to comment on the application.

At 18:16 10/05/2015 +0100, you wrote:
Hello Clive My name is Claire and I live on in a house along the A48 just 3 miles out of Chepstow, and am lucky enough to be surrounded by all kinds of wildlife.

We can see the River Severn from our windows and we felt very lucky that our 3 young boys were able to take advantage of their surroundings.

However last week we were sent a planning application from our local council, Forest of Dean (Ref: P0365/15/FUL ) suggesting that a 87m wind turbine be placed just 455m from our home. On researching this proposal I found that it was just one of a handful that is being planned by the same company (resilience) up this side of the severn all within just a few miles of each other.

<http://www.saynotosevernturbines.org.uk/>http://www.saynotosevernturbines.org.uk/(as shown in the link)

There are many objecting groups in the area but I fear that they are not being listened to and even when the planning application is refused, the application has gone to appeal and won.

We have a long battle ahead of us and I discovered a article you wrote in 2013
<http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8807761/wind-farms-vs-wildlife/>http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8807761/wind-farms-vs-wildlife/
which I felt highlighted all of the issues that these wind turbine will impact.

I worry not just about the impact on my children and our lifestyle but also about the wildlife that we see every day and also the birds that return here to nest each year.

We have a family of swallows who return to one of our sheds, they have done this for the last 10 years. I would be ever so grateful if you could help in any way, even a letter of objection or comment would be very much appreciated, also if you know of anyone else or any organisation that may wish to help.

We only found out on May 1st and have until May 18th to respond and try to get the message to more people that they may affect, it is a mammoth task when there is so much to research .

Anyway I thank you for taking the time to read this email and hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards
Claire Ford

Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 19:00:00 +0100

To: dinkey_4d@hotmail.co.uk
From: clive.hambler@zoo.ox.ac.uk
Subject: Re: Severn Estuary Wind Turbines

Hi Claire,

I’m sorry to hear of your problem.

Putting wind turbines near such an important wildlife site (one of the best in Britain) is more daft than the usual plan.

I’m very glad the Spectator article has proved useful.

I will have a look at the plan and might send the planning officers a note.

It’s risky commenting on sites one is remote from.

I have suggested that swallows and relatives are at relatively high risk from wind turbines: http://wcfn.org/2013/07/01/tip-of-the-iceberg/

Have you seen these articles, and the references in them: http://www.swlg.org.uk/uploads/6/3/3/8/6338077/spwln_final_small.pdf.

There are reports you can find on Google of seabirds (‘seagulls’) being killed by wind turbines.

They are a treat to terns, shawaters, swans, scoter, geese etc etc.

For other detrimental impacts of wind power, see Hambler, C. & Canney, S. M. (2013).

Conservation. Cambridge University Press.

Here’s the section from it on wind farms; sorry the formatting may come out a mess: “Solar power and wind power have a low energy density, and thus require very extensive collecting surfaces, and can be particularly problematic if they are to feed into grids designed for centralised power generation.

Wind turbines and their cables kill birds and bats – many of which breed slowly and range widely – with impacts far beyond the site boundaries.

Wind farms can be population sinks or traps (Section 6.1), attracting and killing predators and bats (Long et al., 2011).

Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are threatened with global extinction by wind farms.

In North America, wind farms kill protected species (such as bald and golden eagles, and migrants) and will become a grave threat to numerous species unless adequately regulated (Drewitt & Langston, 2008; American Bird Conservancy, 2011). In California, tens of thousands of raptors have been killed, threatening the golden eagle population. Similarly, in Spain, millions of birds and bats are killed each year, threatening the Egyptian vulture population, and over 400 Griffon vultures were killed in 1 year at Navarra alone (Plate 3). Norwegian wind farms kill over 10 white-tailed eagles per year, and the population of Smøla has been severely impacted by turbines built against opposition by ornithologists.

Densities of a range of upland birds are reduced within about 500 m of wind turbines in Scotland, whilst in North America tall structures displace sage grouse.

Offshore wind farms (with associated lighting and maintenance ships) are a growing threat to seabirds and migratory birds, reducing habitat availability for marine birds (such as common scoter and eider ducks) and risking interference with navigation.

Bats are killed by impacts, and by pressure shocks near the blades of turbines (Nicholls & Racey, 2007; Arnett et al., 2008), with migratory and forest species being highly vulnerable.

There are also substantial impacts from the turbines’ foundations, cables, cable trenches, lighting, construction and access roads, with important montane forests being destroyed – as in Vermont, USA.”

Are there any bat colonies within about 10km of the area, or woods or caves which might host them?

I think it’s far from ethical to put structures known to attract and kill bats within several kilometers of colonies, especially for very rare species.

It might be argued that deaths can reasonably be anticipated, and it’s thus illegal.

That argument has worked in a prosecution in the USA involving birds of prey: http://news.yahoo.com/guilty-plea-bird-deaths-wind-farms-first-081651963–finance.html http://www.thegwpf.org/wind-turbines-killed-600000-bats-year/

I think the British guidelines for bats are inadequate, given attraction to turbines from over 14 km: http://wcfn.org/2013/07/01/tip-of-the-iceberg/

For the study of Europe’s bats being killed in wind farms in Germany, see: The catchment area of wind farms for European bats: A plea for international regulations Voigt, C. C. et al 2012 Biological Conservation 153, 80-86.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320712002091

http://www.alphagalileo.org/Organisations/ViewItem.aspx?OrganisationId=1120&ItemId=122066&CultureCode=en

Other sources:
http://windfarmaction.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/brief-summary-of-recent-international-research-on-the-risk-to-bats-from-wind-turbines/

Bats in Greece:
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3161/150811012×661765

Bats stop wind farm in Wales:
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/01/05/giant-wind-turbine-plan-on-anglesey-halted-by-bats-55578-32548018/

The expert / NGO who can best advise on the continental figures for wind farm mortality for birds and bats is Mark Duchamp, of Save the Eagles international and formerly the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW):
Mark Duchamp <save.the.eagles2@gmail.com>
Paying reliable consultants to do bat surveys might be a good investment.

For example, Bioscan UK do bat surveys.

I’ve recently had similar correspondence from other people concerned about wind farms, bats and birds, who might be able to share their experiences with you.

Pooling information seems sensible.

You can say I gave you their contact details, in the hope it’s to mutual benefit sharing relevant knowledge:
John Yelland <yelland.john@live.fr> trying to save bats on the Isle of Wight
Anthony J Trewavas <trewavas@ed.ac.uk> bats in Scotland
Peter Gardner <peter.gardner@indecon.co.uk> bats Bedfordshire
Oliver Sheard <olivers100@hotmail.co.uk> Huddersfield
See also the huge argument over Navitus Bay and wind farms – offshore sites might have similar issues to onshore ones near key wildlife sites.

There are a lot of comments on the plans which you might track down though here: http://www.challengenavitus.org.uk/

Hope that helps. Sorry if the above focus on bats is less useful – but I had compiled the references above for a similar enquiry, so you might as well have them in case they are relevant!

Bats are relatively strictly protected, but wind farms are often permitted in places which show little real planning concern for at-risk species.

Best wishes,
Clive

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

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IF you note ANY errors of fact in this or any other web site or blog I own or manage please bring it to my attention for correction @ Greg_L-W@BTconnect.com – Thank you.

PS-05: Some Issues YOU May Wish To Raise In YOUR Letter Of Objection

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  • PS – 05:

    10-May-2015
    (PS-05: Some Issues YOU May Wish To Raise In YOUR Letter Of Objection)

    Below is a very helpful series of comments with some additions and ammendments, and their source, including the apposite title for the application. to send a letter of objection of your own.

    Severndale Wind Turbine Proposal Severndale Farm Tidenham Chepstow NP16 7LL P0365/15/FUL Case officer: Stephen Colegate www.saynotosevernturbines.org.uk http://stroat-gloucestershire.com/

    Suggestions for residents who wish to object to the proposed turbine at Severndale Farm

    * We recommend writing a simple letter on one sheet of paper stating your objection in clear terms.

    * You should start your letter:

    Dear Sirs,

    please be advised that I wish to object to the Severndale Wind Turbine Proposal P0365/15/FUL for the following reasons:

    1. … 2. … etc.

    Please state in your letter that you are a resident or have a strong connection with this area.

    * You can send one letter from each member of your family.

    * Please encourage friends, neighbours and relatives to do the same.

    * The planning authority wants to hear your views because they will help them reach a decision. Comments may also be submitted by email to planning@fdean.gov.uk or online through the planning pages at http://www.fdean.gov.uk/

    PLEASE ACT RAPIDLY we have very little time to register objections as your letter MUST be with the FoD Council by Tuesday 19-May-2015

    I strongly suggest that you include in your letter the fact that the consultation period is wholly inadequate for such a major and complex industrial instalation sited so  visibly and dangerously and even the various Councils in the area were not made aware of the application until the 05-May-2015 in a period of flux due to local and National elections! May I also remind you that Michael Fallon; for and on behalf of the Government, which has been returned to Governance; stated on BBC Radio 4 that there would be no further grants and subsidiies for these industrial installations for those that had not been GRANTED Planning permission prior to the election!

    Letters should be sent to FODDC Planning, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG

    Try to get your comments to the planning authority by Tuesday 19th May at the latest.

    These notes will help you to send a letter that represents your personal opinions and concerns.

    Have you or the parish council ever been directly consulted over this proposal by the developer?

    Were you aware of these plans before an application was submitted?

    Are you concerned about the impact of the huge size of turbine on the landscape around Stroat? It will have an overwhelming and overbearing presence on its surroundings.

    Here is an approximate indication of its size though in this photomontage, which unlike those of the applicant, does not take an extremely wide angle view to minimise the effect in a manner which I defy them to show to be a responsible and honest indication and is of very questionable accuracy!

    Severn vale without turbine 01Severn Vale without a wind turbine!

    Is it the proposed industrial installation too close to either residential properties or the road or both?

    Are you concerned that its proposed size (height 283 feet [87m] + the 72 feet [22m] of Hanley Hill above the Severn total height 337 feet!, span 164 feet 50m ) 1/3rd again higher than Gloucester Cathedral or that is 3 times the height of Nelson’s Colum and 3 times the height of the largest tree in the Forest of Dean! is completely out of all proportion in this setting? This is 152 feet higher than the spire of St. Mary’s Church, Lydney.

    Perhaps you are concerned at the building of a huge moving structure in an open rural landscape with far-reaching views across the Severn Estuary which is completely unacceptable.

    Perhaps your concern is the strobe effect together with the distracting nature of such a towering industrial installation so very close along side the A48 as a further distraction adding to the danger on this road which is officially recognised as the most dangerous road in EUrope particularly in terms of fatalities, on a stretch which has, within sight of this monstrous construction killed 2 people so far this year and has experienced many many lesser accidents!

    Are you worried by the huge size of the turbine, its noise and its blade flicker?

    Do you think that it will affect your health and well-being?

    Are you anxious about its possible effects on wildlife in this area such as birds and bats – particularly the migratory birds that annually collect nearby and fly around Hanley Hill before their departure.?

    The turbine will be only 220 metres from the A48.

    There was for a short period an electricity pylon on Hanley Hill which was removed, together with others, to enhance the visual amenity of the area. Such pylons were far smaller and less intrusive than the proposed wind turbine and considerably less danger to the many low flying planes and helicopters that frequent the immediate area, both military & civilian.

    Greatly exaggerated claims of 35% capacity factor have been made about the output of this turbine. An identical turbine at St. Briavels, only 3.5 miles away, over the last two years has achieved only 20% capacity. This turbine has only produced an annual community benefit of £8,000 however the developer claims that there will be a community benefit of up to £20,000 for the Severndale turbine.

    Are you concerned that wind turbines have proved to be a failure at times of peak demand when there is a shortfall on the grid due to either lack of wind or too much wind to drive the turbine and similar periods when turbines produce more output than the grid can cope with!

    Are you concerned at the huge output in CO2 of the manufacture of cement, not recorded in 3rd. world manufacturing countries and the huge CO2 output of manufacture and transporting materials that require subsidies to errect this vast structure! Not to mention the years of leachate discharge of CO2 from the constructed concrete block mounting and the industrial service roadway!

    Are you concerned that the Government finds itself in the foolish position of having to use tax payers money to fund paying the owners of these very wind turbines the tax payers have funded to put their industrial devices out of use due to excess output relative to grid requirement!

    The proposed turbine is available either as a 500kW or an 800kW version. The developer has gone for the 500kW version in order to benefit from its much higher feed-in tariff. He is seemingly not interested in renewable energy generation only in maximising his profits.

    To stress the point above were the applicant really interested in alternative energy perhaps he can explain why he has never converted the rooves of his many buildings to solar pannelling, which would be far less damaging to the environment!

    Are you concerned at the disruptive potential and danger to life of increasing the heavy duty damage of the many 100s of truck loads of spoil from the site and materials to the site during construction.

    Does the probability of damage to the highway of several miles of heavy duty cabling installation to connect to the grid? Where will this connection be? Lydney 5 miles away?

    More wind turbines are being planned at sites along this side of the Severn estuary. Resilience is targeting small communities one by one. If these plans are passed, you will be living in the middle of a line of huge turbines between Chepstow and Lydney.

    Are you concerned at the risk to aircraft in view of the many civil and military journeys made through this corridor on a daily basis at a low level.

    Are you concerned at the inevitable heavy duty servicing road with an essential 60 m bell mouth join to the A48?

    Are you concerned at the glib way in which public consultation is dismissed based upon long out of date general data put forward in 2012 which is not being considered?

    Are you concerned that no current environmental impact study is being made and why is there not in the light of the planning applications granted and in process for additional housing and traffic on the A48?

    Are you concwerned at the prospect of the possibility that if this industrial developement may preclude planned future developements of housing between Chepstow and Lydney inclusively?

    Might the granting of this installation be made because the District Council fears defending an appeal based upon now outdated experience with arcane legal applications? Thus may this application set a dangerous precedent for seried ranks of these giant industrial installations being made on the banks of the Severn Estuary between the M48 Chepstow bridge and Gloucester?

    Are you concerned that the first and seemingly only public opportunity to consult will be a limited time presentation by and on behalf of the applicant at the first available Parish Council meeting since the election on the 20-May-2015 at The Memorial Hall in Tidenham at 19:00hrs.

    Are you concerned at the huge efforts made and the many jobs sustained in tourism in the area that may well be threatened by the industrialisation of the estary banks?

    Are you concerned that the wishes and needs of this small rural community are being effectively trampled underfoot by the applicant’s desire to make personal profits when one considers even the public investment can well be from profit motivated individuals and organisations with no interest or connection with the area?

    Are you concerned that the validation of this major industrial application was launched under the cloak of the National & local elections and very few of the local residents who will be effected are even aware or have been notified – I have not even noticed announcement signs at the applicant’s other commercial enterprises as a regular customer and visitor to his farm shop?

    As a resident of the same small hamlet is there a reason why so many of us have not been notified of this industrialisation of our rural community?

    Are you concerned at the fact that there is no apparent consideration of the military barracks at Beachley or the communities of Sedbury, Tutshill, Woodcroft, Chepstow, Alvington, Woolaston, Aylburton, Lydney, Thornbury, Olbury-on-Severn, Berkley, Sharpness, all of whom, and others will be effected!

    Are you concerned that not only is the historic significance of Hanley Hill is being overlooked or even deliberately ignored and there is no mention of the many historic sites in the immediate local area such as the pre historic Broadstone, the Roman mint, sites of various Roman villas and a possible Roman temple = a ‘Mansio’ or stopping point for Romans in transit having crossed or about to cross the Severn taking advantage of the low tides.all within a few 100 yards and the fact that the A48 in this area is itself a Roman road, leaving the great likelihood of further remains being found locally in the future!

    PLEASE include as many of these points as may concern you in the order of importance to you and also PLEASE bring this site to the attention of all who you can so that they can have their say in view of the dishonestly short time and advertising of this major industrial development

    PLEASE use social media to spread the word and use the hash tag #StroatWind on Twitter.

    The following are NOT valid reasons for objections (including them they may well weaken your case):

    * Loss of a beautiful view from your home.

    * Value of your property – this will be significantly reduced and your home will become difficult to sell. Some properties in the area may become unsaleable.

    DON’T DELAY! Keep it simple Keep it clear Keep it true Be sure to get your comments to the planning authority by Tuesday 19th May

    PLEASE also request a long extension of consultation time it is notable that as at start of business Monday-11-May-2015 there are no citizen/resident contributions on the FoD planning site either of concerned residents and not even the expected makewieght claims inspired by the applicant’s professional partners, as occurs in other such applications, which would seem to indicate few of the effected individuals and organisations like the Councils of Chepstow, Lydney, Tidenham, Oldbury, Thornbury and the many other communities which will have the visual ammenity of their environs significantly diminished!.

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We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

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