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Wind Turbines updates – 29th July 2010

Ecotricity LogoThere is also an article in today’s Evening Advertiser regarding the protest group setup regarding Honda and Ecotricity’s Wind Turbines. The article is available from here. The meeting described in the article is described here.

Isobel Downey from Ecotricity has provided a short statement on the subject:

Proposed wind turbines at Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM)

29th July 2010

Throughout the development of the proposals since 2006, Ecotricity and Honda have been available to answer any questions and queries about the proposals, and all queries received to date have been answered personally as they were received.

We held two public exhibitions at South Marston Village Hall and Meadowcroft Community

Rooms were on 24 and 30 June, where the full plans were on display for local people to view, and over 100 people attended. A dedicated webpage with key information and a regularly updated blog is also available at Ecotricity’s website.

Now the application has been submitted, members of the public can also view the complete planning application document at Swindon Borough Council’s planning department, and also submit their views to the council.

We have recently been contacted querying if these turbines will set a new precedent for being located to 600m from the nearest house in South Marston. Ecotricity have been successfully operating wind turbines for nearly 15 years and so have many sites within 600m of residential properties, including:

• Michelin Tyre factory, Dundee -340m from residential properties (tip height 120m) operational since 2006

• Swaffham, Norfolk – 335m from residential properties (tip height 120m) operational since 2003

• Green Park, next to the M4, Reading – 400m from residential properties (tip height 120m) operational since 2005.

If you have any further queries after reviewing this information, please do contact us at Ecotricity via Honda@ecotricity.co.uk and we will do our best to answer your queries quickly.

Emergency Village Meeting re: Wind Turbines – 29th July – Updated

Updated with change of venue

Date: Thursday 29th July

Time: 19:00

Where: South Marston Hotel

As you will be aware Honda & Ecotricity have applied to build on the edge of our village 3 x 410ft high Wind Turbines (equivalent to the height of the London Eye). They will affect us all!

  • Overshadow the village
  • Be a potential health hazard
  • Devalue our homes
  • Significant noise
  • Cause ground vibration
  • Strobing / flicker effect

We only have a limited time to object.

If you want to learn more and join the campaign then please come to the meeting.

If you can’t make the meeting email: amanda@aquileia.co.uk or Tel: 828636

For details of their plans click here, or search for Wind Turbines in the search bar at the top of the page.

Ecotricity public exhibition – updated

Note: Updated 19th June with details for letter sent to villagers

Date: Thursday 24th June

Time: 14:00 – 19:00

Where: South Marston Village Hall.

You may be aware that Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) is proposing to install wind turbines on their site and that they have formed a partnership with Ecotricity. Ecotricity are wind specialists and green electricity company based in Stroud.

Follow the completion of a series of environmental assessments, Ecotricity are now preparing to submit a planning application to build three wind tubrines on the HUM site at Swindon.

Prior to submitting an application to Swindon Borough Council, we will be holding a public exhibition about the proposal at two different venues on two dates. The details of these events are listed below:

24th June 2010 between 14:00 and 19:00 at South Marston Village Hall, South Marston.

30th June 2010 between 14:00 and 19:00 at Meadow Croft Community Rooms, Addison Crescent, Upper Strattion.

Members of the team from Ecotricity and HUM will be there to discuss the proposal and the environmental assessment work that has been completed with local residents, and to answer any questions you may have. If you are unable to make it, please do not hesitate to get in contact directly if you require any information regarding the proposal. We are aware that wind energy is a complex subject and at times it can be useful to get a direct answer from the developer involved.

These tubrines will generate electricity from a renewable source and, due to the fact that it is on site, generation will assist HUM in ensuring the security of their electricity supply whilst reducing the emissions from the site in line with new legal targets for the car industry. Achieving both of these objectives through installing wind turbines on site will strengthen the place of HUM in Swindon within the global car manufacturing market. If these turbines are built, they will generate enough green energy to power the equivalent of an estimated 5,389 typical homes annually (7%) of the homes in Swindon Unitary Authority Boundary.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact: honda@ecotricity.co.uk.

Further information on the proposal, including a site plan, planning blog and photo montages are provided at: www.ecotricity.co.uk/honda-swindon

Ecotricity Honda Wind Turbine layout

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This is Wiltshire: Villagers concerned about Honda’s wind farm plans

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Following on from the BBC’s article on the Wind Turbines, ‘This is Wiltshire’ have published a more detailed article about them:

MEMBERS of a parish council have voiced their displeasure over Honda’s plans to built a wind farm next to a sleepy village.

Councillor Colin McEwen, chairman of the South Marston Parish Council, said the authority and many villagers are opposed to the car giant’s plan because it will create noise for down-wind homes and will create a “strobe effect”, meaning the blades will block the sun for momentary intervals at certain times of the day.

“We are happy that Honda are seeking to minimise their carbon footprint,” said Coun McEwen. “But we feel the impact on the local environment will be detrimental to residents.”

Honda, which began planning the turbines three years ago, is looking to control the ambient temperature in its factory – which was built on the South Marston airfield in 1985 – with wind power.

Coun McEwen said about 40 homes in South Marston would be affected by the turbines – which he said should be a similar size to the generator next to the M4 at Reading.

He said: “When Honda first announced this we asked if the company could move the turbines to the north east boundary, which would minimise some of the problems we expected, and initially they said they could do that.

“However, three months ago they decided to go ahead with their original plans, of placing the turbines in various points of the airfield, after consulting with Ecotricity, a green energy company.

“We were expecting our plans to be adopted, but now we fear that noise and light pollution may be a problem.

“As neighbours Honda are quite reasonable, but we are concerned about the conflict between their strategy and the local impact.”

He also said his hesitation on the issue was strengthened by “recent efficiency figures”, which he claimed were low.

Honda said the project was in the early stages and that it was keeping the local councils fully informed.

A spokesman for Ecotricity said:

“Ecotricity and Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd have carried out extensive assessments of the Swindon site to ensure that a wind turbine project proposal is truly feasible.

“The findings show that the four turbines proposed have the potential to generate up to 13 per cent of Honda’s total electrical requirement.

“This is equivalent to the annual usage of over 6,000 homes and could save over 9,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, every year, for the lifetime of the project.

“As with all its wind turbine projects, Ecotricity will be working closely with Swindon Council, carrying out extensive studies and ensuring the project meets its ‘good neighbour’ policy.

“This means that if Ecotricity can’t be sure that a project won’t adversely impact its neighbours (people and wildlife), for the entire lifetime of the project, it doesn’t get built.”