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Villagers protest against Alvington wind turbine

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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RESIDENTS in Aylburton are up in arms over plans to build a 283-foot wind turbine on the edge of their historic village.

Members of the community are furious at the scale of the development in neighbouring Alvington Court Farm. They have formed the protest group Aylburton Says No.

Representatives from the Resilience Centre who want to build the turbine and Aylburton Parish Council were at a debate earlier this month where concern was raised over its proximity to homes.

Protesters demanded the council objects to the proposal, saying the background noise and ‘flicker’ caused by the blades is unacceptable. The overwhelming concern was the impact it would have on the landscape.

Campaigner John Ridley said: “We are in favour of all forms of renewable energy but there are a great number of people distressed by this proposal and a strong community feeling that the size of such a development would be inappropriate for the village and locality.”

He added there had been no consultation with the village or the parish council, something which has been denied by Resilience Centre.

This group was formed four years ago by Sue and Andrew Clarke with the purpose of inviting residents to invest in turbines each generating energy for up to 300 homes.

Mrs Clarke said: “We presented the plan to the parish council in April and a few weeks later carried out a public exhibition, from which the feedback was overwhelmingly positive including support from many of the closest residents.

“We feel the negative stance of Aylburton and Alvington Parish Councils are unrepresentative. For example the Aylburton Parish Plan which surveyed all households in the parish reported 61 per cent were in favour of wind turbines. We have worked hard with local farmers including in St Briavels to help generate power for the communities in the Forest.

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  • PHILIPRSL  |  June 15 2015, 7:06PM

    If ever there was a blatant conflict of interest, it is this project. https://http://tinyurl.com/q3mz4to The community has not benefited from this wind turbine installation but those that run the so-called Community Benefit Society and the landowner have benefited, greatly.

  • IsitJimKerr  |  November 14 2012, 12:33PM

    The recent reports about inefficiency of land based turbines, plus the fact that there has been no increase in global warming for sixteen years shows that this development must be stopped.

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  • HarryInLydney  |  November 14 2012, 12:04PM

    What is funny is Resilience have published who gets to see their 5 turbines - most people. Except for them. If you check where Resilience are located compared to their plans they are one of the few places within 20 miles that see NO turbines! Fantastic - trebles all around while their house price stays the same!

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  • HarryInLydney  |  November 14 2012, 12:02PM

    Hmm, Resilience couldnt be bothered to contact Aylburton or Lydney - their 'public exhibition' was not about the 300 foot turbine in Alvington but about investment opportunities for St Briavels. There's apparently a 'community donation' but this is VOLUNTARY! They don't have to pay it. Also they hadnt even told Alvington Parish Council about this, just wrote it down. So much for Consultation. Its well established that house prices within 1 kilometre will drop by 30%. Even the planning application says that it affects Tourism by over 30%. For every £1 in tourism this will drop to under 70p. How this is benefiting the community and not just rich land-owners is beyond me.

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  • Spud0  |  November 14 2012, 11:40AM

    Yet more mis-guided protests about wind farms, it's very political these days I read that Chris Heaton-Harris (Tory MP) says he persuaded anti-wind farm columnist James Delingpole to stand in Corby by-election against his own party!

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  • North Glos EPC  |  November 14 2012, 10:58AM

    I like renewables, including wind power, but onshore wind installations don't really work very well and upset a lot of people. Build off shore wind and use solar onshore, carefully sited for minimum visual impact. I suspect installations like the one in question are more about collecting feed in tariff and subsidy money than producing really useful amounts of renewable energy. Another example of incompetent Government thinking during the policy creation stage.

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