Chapmanslade villagers take stand against 'massive' Thoulstone Farm turbine

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Villagers turned out in force to show their opposition to plans for a wind turbine at Thoulstone Farm last week.

More than 60 people went along to a meeting of Chapmanslade Parish Council last Thursday and the majority voiced opposition to plans for the 87 metre turbine on Thoulstone Farm.

Council chairman Cllr Phil Jefferson said: “The people who have approached us have said loud and clear that they do not want the wind turbine and we have a responsibility to represent the views of the community at the appropriate time.”

He also reported that the council had received about 40 emails, most of which were in opposition to the plans.

Opponent Mary Medhurst, from Chapmanslade, attended the council meeting.

She said: “The turbine will be seen from Chapmanslade.

“Once one of these massive machines goes up, others are only too likely to follow.

“It was revealed at the meeting that the same developers have bought two plots of land of the same circular diameter on the farm.

“If they are planning two turbines we should be told.”

Steve Hack from the applicants Seren Energy, a Swansea company that specialises in renewable energy, said: “We will shortly be submitting the application to the council.

“The two plots of land were bought to clarify ownership issues and at the time we did not know where it would be placed.”

“The turbine would go at one site or the other and not both.”

He added that the site was not suitable for two wind turbines because of noise restrictions.

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6:25pm Fri 23 May 14

New 2 Trow says...

Wow the 'force' that is 60 people!
Wow the 'force' that is 60 people! New 2 Trow
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8:00pm Fri 23 May 14

Room101 says...

No drilling, no fracking, no wind turbines, no solar panel farms, no nuclear power stations. What are we to do. They will soon start moaning when we go back to candles, and cooking over an open fire.
No drilling, no fracking, no wind turbines, no solar panel farms, no nuclear power stations. What are we to do. They will soon start moaning when we go back to candles, and cooking over an open fire. Room101
  • Score: 13

7:39am Sat 24 May 14

AuntieNimby says...

One word NIMBY
One word NIMBY AuntieNimby
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11:42am Sat 24 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

AuntieNimby wrote:
One word NIMBY
If the farmer wants to use his own money and sell the electricity at the going commercial rate then good luck to him.

The farmer and his corrupt wind power chums want to be paid for their eco-totem whether it produces electricity or not - or even actually for electrons at a time when they're actually needed at rates several times what ordinary electrons cost.

The funding is stolen from taxpayers or foisted on energy bills by a dishonest corrupt "eco" movement. Save the planet? - rubbish....


Wait a minute - let's pay anybody who paints their car bright fluorescent green and puts a metre high rotating "ECO" sign on the roof a subsidy of say £5 a litre for their petrol / diesel.
[quote][p][bold]AuntieNimby[/bold] wrote: One word NIMBY[/p][/quote]If the farmer wants to use his own money and sell the electricity at the going commercial rate then good luck to him. The farmer and his corrupt wind power chums want to be paid for their eco-totem whether it produces electricity or not - or even actually for electrons at a time when they're actually needed at rates several times what ordinary electrons cost. The funding is stolen from taxpayers or foisted on energy bills by a dishonest corrupt "eco" movement. Save the planet? - rubbish.... Wait a minute - let's pay anybody who paints their car bright fluorescent green and puts a metre high rotating "ECO" sign on the roof a subsidy of say £5 a litre for their petrol / diesel. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 11

5:18pm Sat 24 May 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

AuntieNimby wrote:
One word NIMBY
I'm of the opinion that anyone who accuses others of being nimbys probably hasn't got the subject of complaint in their own backyard. Am I right?
[quote][p][bold]AuntieNimby[/bold] wrote: One word NIMBY[/p][/quote]I'm of the opinion that anyone who accuses others of being nimbys probably hasn't got the subject of complaint in their own backyard. Am I right? Mrs Donnyfly
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7:58pm Sat 24 May 14

AuntieNimby says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
AuntieNimby wrote:
One word NIMBY
I'm of the opinion that anyone who accuses others of being nimbys probably hasn't got the subject of complaint in their own backyard. Am I right?
Absolutely not I lived in Germany for a short while an was surrounded by them. Had no problems with noise and must say a much cleaner environment.
After a while they blend in with the countryside and you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. A bit like the Warminster bypass that I remember lots of Chapmanslade residents complaining about. I must admit I wouldn't want one just outside my window but in a field a good way away from housing cannot see a problem. If you are dead anti keep up the fight and good luck.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AuntieNimby[/bold] wrote: One word NIMBY[/p][/quote]I'm of the opinion that anyone who accuses others of being nimbys probably hasn't got the subject of complaint in their own backyard. Am I right?[/p][/quote]Absolutely not I lived in Germany for a short while an was surrounded by them. Had no problems with noise and must say a much cleaner environment. After a while they blend in with the countryside and you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. A bit like the Warminster bypass that I remember lots of Chapmanslade residents complaining about. I must admit I wouldn't want one just outside my window but in a field a good way away from housing cannot see a problem. If you are dead anti keep up the fight and good luck. AuntieNimby
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1:49pm Sun 25 May 14

politepanda says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
AuntieNimby wrote:
One word NIMBY
I'm of the opinion that anyone who accuses others of being nimbys probably hasn't got the subject of complaint in their own backyard. Am I right?
Probably.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AuntieNimby[/bold] wrote: One word NIMBY[/p][/quote]I'm of the opinion that anyone who accuses others of being nimbys probably hasn't got the subject of complaint in their own backyard. Am I right?[/p][/quote]Probably. politepanda
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7:37am Tue 27 May 14

vox sanitatem says...

With a population of 651 (in 2001), 60 people turning out isn't a mass protest, and we can quite safely assume that quite a number of the 60+ who attended don't even live there, they are just the usual stirrers and scaremongerers with nothing else better to do.

The people there are lucky enough to have a "back yard" big enough to accomodate wind turbines, us townies already have our "back yards" full, of bricks and mortar!!
With a population of 651 (in 2001), 60 people turning out isn't a mass protest, and we can quite safely assume that quite a number of the 60+ who attended don't even live there, they are just the usual stirrers and scaremongerers with nothing else better to do. The people there are lucky enough to have a "back yard" big enough to accomodate wind turbines, us townies already have our "back yards" full, of bricks and mortar!! vox sanitatem
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3:20pm Wed 28 May 14

AuntieNimby says...

vox sanitatem wrote:
With a population of 651 (in 2001), 60 people turning out isn't a mass protest, and we can quite safely assume that quite a number of the 60+ who attended don't even live there, they are just the usual stirrers and scaremongerers with nothing else better to do.

The people there are lucky enough to have a "back yard" big enough to accomodate wind turbines, us townies already have our "back yards" full, of bricks and mortar!!
Exactly.I living that end of Chapmanslade I am probably closer than the tenth of the population of the village that are against it. I say move with the times, get greener and stop complaining about something that if you really thought about it and didn't get influenced by the very small minority would not effect you in the slightest. Much better to have wind turbines than power stations an huge pylons that in my opinion are much more of an eyesore
[quote][p][bold]vox sanitatem[/bold] wrote: With a population of 651 (in 2001), 60 people turning out isn't a mass protest, and we can quite safely assume that quite a number of the 60+ who attended don't even live there, they are just the usual stirrers and scaremongerers with nothing else better to do. The people there are lucky enough to have a "back yard" big enough to accomodate wind turbines, us townies already have our "back yards" full, of bricks and mortar!![/p][/quote]Exactly.I living that end of Chapmanslade I am probably closer than the tenth of the population of the village that are against it. I say move with the times, get greener and stop complaining about something that if you really thought about it and didn't get influenced by the very small minority would not effect you in the slightest. Much better to have wind turbines than power stations an huge pylons that in my opinion are much more of an eyesore AuntieNimby
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2:32pm Thu 29 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

AuntieNimby wrote:
vox sanitatem wrote:
With a population of 651 (in 2001), 60 people turning out isn't a mass protest, and we can quite safely assume that quite a number of the 60+ who attended don't even live there, they are just the usual stirrers and scaremongerers with nothing else better to do.

The people there are lucky enough to have a "back yard" big enough to accomodate wind turbines, us townies already have our "back yards" full, of bricks and mortar!!
Exactly.I living that end of Chapmanslade I am probably closer than the tenth of the population of the village that are against it. I say move with the times, get greener and stop complaining about something that if you really thought about it and didn't get influenced by the very small minority would not effect you in the slightest. Much better to have wind turbines than power stations an huge pylons that in my opinion are much more of an eyesore
Will the turbine generate enough electricity to justify its construction = very unlikely, Will the turbine reduce "carbon" = nope Will the turbine enable proven liars to squeeze more money out of the public's wallets? = yes.

Has anybody done the arithmetic for fitting every house in Chapmanslade with GSHP heating? Thought not...

Wind turbines are simply cashing in on an overly generous (other folks money) public subsidy. The Greenies like 'em because they are highly visible unlike GSHP and CHP - worthless totems in fact.

"Lucky enough to have a back yard to build wind turbines in" eh? Never mind eyesore - what about ear-ache from people who can't do arithmetic or see that publicly subsidized windmills are a folly of truly EPIC proportions.

I'd add that if I tried to connect a traditionally fueled power generator with the output characteristics of a wind turbine to the electricity grid - I'd end up being prosecuted for damaging the power network.
[quote][p][bold]AuntieNimby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vox sanitatem[/bold] wrote: With a population of 651 (in 2001), 60 people turning out isn't a mass protest, and we can quite safely assume that quite a number of the 60+ who attended don't even live there, they are just the usual stirrers and scaremongerers with nothing else better to do. The people there are lucky enough to have a "back yard" big enough to accomodate wind turbines, us townies already have our "back yards" full, of bricks and mortar!![/p][/quote]Exactly.I living that end of Chapmanslade I am probably closer than the tenth of the population of the village that are against it. I say move with the times, get greener and stop complaining about something that if you really thought about it and didn't get influenced by the very small minority would not effect you in the slightest. Much better to have wind turbines than power stations an huge pylons that in my opinion are much more of an eyesore[/p][/quote]Will the turbine generate enough electricity to justify its construction = very unlikely, Will the turbine reduce "carbon" = nope Will the turbine enable proven liars to squeeze more money out of the public's wallets? = yes. Has anybody done the arithmetic for fitting every house in Chapmanslade with GSHP heating? Thought not... Wind turbines are simply cashing in on an overly generous (other folks money) public subsidy. The Greenies like 'em because they are highly visible unlike GSHP and CHP - worthless totems in fact. "Lucky enough to have a back yard to build wind turbines in" eh? Never mind eyesore - what about ear-ache from people who can't do arithmetic or see that publicly subsidized windmills are a folly of truly EPIC proportions. I'd add that if I tried to connect a traditionally fueled power generator with the output characteristics of a wind turbine to the electricity grid - I'd end up being prosecuted for damaging the power network. moonrakin wurzel
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