Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Nocton Fen Wind Farm - latest from PNF


Latest news from PNF

During the last month, PNF has been busy meeting local parish councillors and preparing for Vattenfall's public consultations.  One thing the we have heard locally is the belief that the newly-elected Conservative government will automatically scrap the wind farm.  This is not the case and we do not know what is going to happen.  We cannot be complacent and must continue to fight this industrial scale development in the heart of the community.
  1. 27th May 2015 - PNF is interviewed on the 6.00pm ITV Calendar news tonight.
  2. The website has undergone some new additions.  This includes a page where we are adding facts about wind farms and turbines you might not be aware of (http://www.protectnoctonfen.org.uk/keyfacts.html).  We have also begun to  add photo montages to the home page, to show what the view from key sites will potentially look like.  At the moment, we have view from Nocton, Potterhanworth, Bardney and Tattershall Castle.  Views from other sites will be added once ready.
  3. We now have Facebook page and a Twitter account @PNFProtect. Subscribe to these for more articles and new on wind farms locally and around the country.
  4. At the time of writing we are about to deliver information leaflets to 10,000 houses.  For those people wishing to send this on, the leaflet is available from our website, and includes some montages of the proposed development.
  5. Recently, we had an article published on the Nocton Blog.  For those who may not have read it, here is a link.
  6. Finally, Germany is often held up as a bastion of wind power.  This video from Germany shows what happens when turbines ruin the countryside - it is shocking and this is what can happen on our doorstep.  Please note - the proposed Nocton Fen turbines are larger than those shown in the video.
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Vattenfall - preliminary environmental information

Swedish developer showcases Nocton Fen wind farm

'An artist impression has been released of a proposed 20-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire.'

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2015-05-27/swedish-developer-showcases-nocton-fen-wind-farm/

Preliminary Environmental Information

Vattenfall has now published a mass of information on its website.

For the people of Nocton, if you read nothing else, may I recommend you select the document 'Viewpoint 14 B1188 towards Nocton' and study the visual impact of the wind farm on our village.

The Nocton Conservation Area document adopted in 2008 states:

"In wider landscape views the view of the village is of the roofs of buildings set within trees. The Parish Church spire rises among the trees in views from the west. It is trees that predominate."

I always enjoy returning to our little cottage in Old Ten Row, turning down the B1202 towards Nocton, admiring our village nestling within the green trees and woodland. Having now examined Vattenfall's viewpoint document, the description outlined in the Conservation Area document will no longer be accurate, as the turbines will completely destroy the visual setting of Nocton and All Saints Church.

I am horrified at how the wind turbines will totally dominate our lovely village... and am now totally against this National Infrastructure Project. Hopefully, residents will gain more control over the decision making process if planning decisions are to revert to our local Council.

Government 'to remove big onshore wind farms from the NSIP system'

'Final decisions on planning applications for large onshore wind farms in England could be taken by councils in consultation with local residents rather than by central government, according to media reports.'

http://www.planningresource.co.uk/article/1347511/government-to-remove-big-onshore-wind-farms-nsip-system

Latest update: Queen's Speech 2015

I have studied the Energy Bill and am pleased to see the Government has not reneged on its intention to give local communities the final say on wind farm applications. The relevant extracts are below:

Energy Bill
 
The purpose of the Bill is to:
  • ensure there will be affordable and reliable energy for businesses and families
  • give the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) the powers it needs to become a robust, independent and effective regulator, and enable it to maximise the economic recovery of oil and gas from UK waters
  • change the law in line with the manifesto commitment to give local communities the final say on wind farm applications
The main benefits of the Bill would be:
  • increasing industry collaboration, driving down costs for consumers and attracting further investment to improve the overall competitiveness of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS)
  • bringing revenue to the UK contributing to economic growth and creating jobs
  • maximising the economic recovery of offshore oil and gas reserves, prolonging the life of the basin and helping to ensure our energy security
  • ensuring local planning authorities have consenting powers for all onshore wind farms
6.3 Onshore Wind
  • the Bill would make legislative changes to remove the need for the Secretary of State’s consent for any large onshore wind farms (over 50 megawatts)
  • this, in effect, would devolve powers out of Whitehall by transferring the existing consenting powers, in relation to onshore wind, to local planning authorities
  • this will mean that in future the primary decision maker for onshore wind consents in England and Wales will be the local planning authority. These changes will be supported by changes to the national planning policy framework to give effect to the manifesto commitment that local communities should have the final say on planning applications for wind farms
  • these changes would not impact on the planning regime in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • the commitment to end new subsidy for onshore wind farms will be delivered separately, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be announcing measures to deliver this soon.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2015-what-it-means-for-you/queens-speech-2015-what-it-means-for-you#cities-and-local-government-devolution-bill

Marianne Overton MBE - thanks

Election thanks from Marianne Overton MBE, Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents

We had a huge turnout at the polling booths on May 7th as people took up their power to vote, as high as 75% overall in my ward.  In particular, thank you to all who voted for Lincolnshire Independents on that Thursday.

Although getting plenty of votes, our first-past-the-post system meant that Independents were squeezed and we lost some good councillors. The presidential style TV debates led to a rush to vote not so much for anyone, but more to keep SNP out of running the country. Funny thing, but I couldn't find SNP on my ballot paper so wasn't able to vote them in or out!

Many people did spot the value in voting for sound local representatives, which was where our members thrive. We gained seats in North Kesteven, making nine, where we were most organized, and keeping a third of the Council Independent. We were sorry to lose some good councillors and glad to have a sound foundation for the future. The National campaign will not coincide with the District elections for another 20 years. We fought a big campaign, supporting over forty candidates, more than ever before and five MPs, though without the relentless TV coverage. With fair coverage nationally, as in the police and crime commissioner elections, Independents do really well.

Over the whole country, the Independent group of Councillors has retained 10pc of the vote, making us the third largest group.

We look forward to working hard in our new councils and to four years of sound support for our residents. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Marianne

Councillor Marianne Overton MBE
Independent Councillor for Branston and Navenby on Lincolnshire County Council
and for the Cliff Villages on North Kesteven District Council
Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents
Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association
www.lincolnshireindependents.org

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

200 Club Draw

The Big Lunch

'Dear 200 Club supporters,

We will be holding the May Draw at The Big Lunch on The Green on Sunday May 31st.

We will be back in The Social Club for the June Draw, Friday June 26th.

Thank you for all your support.

Ruth & Jim'

Picnic on the Green