Farmer keeps 260ft turbine bid in motion with appeal
Last updated at 12:05, Friday, 17 May 2013
A prominent Cockermouth farmer is pursuing his plan for a 260ft wind turbine on his land because of a commitment to renewable energy.
Leigh Stamper, who owns Wellington Farm, applied to Allerdale council last year for permission to erect the turbine at Harrot Hill.
It was rejected because Allerdale council said there was insufficient evidence about its visual impact.
Mr Stamper has now appealed to the Government over that decision.
He said he was committed to green energy and would look at installing more energy-saving devices at the farm, including solar panels.
Mr Stamper added that he was not ruling out more turbines, but would have to wait until the outcome of the appeal.
He said: “I have always supported renewable energy and know all the arguments against it but I genuinely feel that it does work.
“Our electricity bills are extortionate and we want to cut down on them to save money.
“Agriculture in general is not buoyant and a lot of people are struggling, so we have got to look at other options.”
The plan attracted 64 letters of objection from residents and Cockermouth Town Council.
Greysouthen and Papcastle parish councils were also against the scheme.
The turbine, if approved, would be 13 times higher than the Mayo Statue in Cockermouth town centre.
Bill Mavir, 63, of Green Bank, Papcastle, who opposed the plan, said: “This will have a significant impact on Cockermouth and the surrounding area and this is an opportunity for people to submit further objections.
“It will rise above the skyline and you will be able to see it from places such as Papcastle, Eaglesfield and Brigham.
“My concern is that although this is for a single one, several could follow.
“We have beautiful scenery and this turbine would be stuck right in the middle of it.”
First published at 11:57, Friday, 17 May 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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It is a know fact that the only people who get anything for having a turbine is the greedy farmer for having it on his land and the electrical supply company. Who pays for it? We all do in higher fuel bills. So its a double blow for the ordinary house holder, we pay the green tax on our fuel bills and get the eye sore as well. The real truth is wind turbines DO NOT WORK. They only produce an average of between 5% to 7% of what we are told they will produce. There is a report which can be found on the internet for the winter of 2010/2011 and they only produced 4% of the UK's electrical power needs. In manufacture they produce more Carbon Dioxide than they save in their 10 year life span (that's right the turbine only lasts 10 years max!); they are responsible for high vehicle emissions due to the constant need for attention. The biggest joke is that America, Canada, Australia etc have all turned them off as a complete waste of time. As for the damage to the environment; type into your search engine - chinas toxic lake. We may have some grenn energy, but it sure aint free; while China has a totally toxic landscape.
The only thing that turbines farm is YOUR MONEY! Get rid of them.
This has nothing to with renewable energy,but has a lot to do about how much this farmer makes from having these wind turbines on his land .
Between Â£5000 to Â£10,000 for each turbine per year
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