New group set up to back Killington windfarm plans

A CAMPAIGN has been launched urging locals to support plans for the windfarm at Killington Reservoir.

The Killington Wind Energy Support Project (KWESP) has been set up this week to get people to write to South Lakeland District Council asking the authority to give the green light to plans for three 433ft turbines.

Chris Rowley, group organiser, said: “We firmly believe the visual impact which a few appropriately placed turbines would have on Cumbria is far less of a danger than the energy and climate-related challenges already upon us.

“We wanted to provide a forum through which positive opinions about the proposed Killington windfarm could be clearly expressed.

“We do not believe letters to the planning officer from those living way out of the area, as used by those opposing the proposals, should carry as much weight as those from local people.”

Mr Rowley, of Kendal, has set up the group with Killington resident Nick Chetwood.

Both are members of the South Lakeland Action on Climate Change, which has also backed the plans.

It says the Lake District’s ecology has been ‘significantly affected’ by climate change and windfarms are a way of helping secure future energy for Britain.

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Energy giant Banks Renewables, which has put forward the plans, has promised to donate £650,000 over the 25-year lifespan of the turbine to local community projects.

It will create up to 50 jobs through £4m of construction, security, accommodation and catering contracts.

Cumbria County Council recommended this month that SLDC turns down the plans, after hearing the farm will be located close to the A684 and M6 junction 37, which is used for access to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Councillors said this would put tourists off the area while having a detrimental effect on the landscape for those living nearby.

They would also be located just 1.2km from nearby Lambrigg windfarm and 4.7km from the Armistead windfarm.

Tanya Hoare, of campaign group STAK (Stop Turbines at Killington), said: “Our main objections are about the landscape and the wildlife. The turbines will be close to the road and have a very intimidating effect. They will also kill the birds that live around the lake.”

But Mr Rowley said there were misunderstandings about turbines which were often presented as fact.

He also said many of the Killington residents whose homes will be close to the site had joined the support group.

Anybody who wishes to support the plans is urged to write to the development control officer at SLDC.

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11:40am Thu 24 Jan 13

Chrisinkendal says...

KWESP can help you in writing to the local planning officer. Contact us at kwesp@hotmail.com
KWESP can help you in writing to the local planning officer. Contact us at kwesp@hotmail.com Chrisinkendal

12:57pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Lakeuk says...

Can't find a website for KWESP
Can't find a website for KWESP Lakeuk

3:00pm Thu 24 Jan 13

searcher21c says...

I 'm sure that STAK (Stop Turbines at Killington) can also "help" people to write to the local planning officer. Website reference is

http://www.killingto
nwindfarm.co.
uk/

But people should really write their own letters.
I 'm sure that STAK (Stop Turbines at Killington) can also "help" people to write to the local planning officer. Website reference is http://www.killingto nwindfarm.co. uk/ But people should really write their own letters. searcher21c

8:47am Fri 25 Jan 13

Chrisinkendal says...

KWESP will have a website soon. Meanwhile e mail us at kwesp@hotmail.com
KWESP will have a website soon. Meanwhile e mail us at kwesp@hotmail.com Chrisinkendal

10:42am Fri 25 Jan 13

Kendmoor says...

Really glad that there is finally a place to support these things! Will be sure to tell everyone I know about the kwesp and get them behind it!
Really glad that there is finally a place to support these things! Will be sure to tell everyone I know about the kwesp and get them behind it! Kendmoor

12:47pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Yarbles says...

Pillage from the majority to fund the few, all at the expense of energy bill payers and the general population of the area who rely on tourism. How are Banks going to compensate these people, the ones who suffer financially?

Wind turbines are a horrendous waste of money. Of the energy generated only a fraction is useful and offsets CO2 emissions. There is an argument to say they even increase net CO2 emissions due to their effect on conventional plant. Scratch beneath the thin veneer of PR and spin and you will see a pretty ugly picture.
If you are considering joining this group I urge you to do some research first.
Pillage from the majority to fund the few, all at the expense of energy bill payers and the general population of the area who rely on tourism. How are Banks going to compensate these people, the ones who suffer financially? Wind turbines are a horrendous waste of money. Of the energy generated only a fraction is useful and offsets CO2 emissions. There is an argument to say they even increase net CO2 emissions due to their effect on conventional plant. Scratch beneath the thin veneer of PR and spin and you will see a pretty ugly picture. If you are considering joining this group I urge you to do some research first. Yarbles

1:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Chrisinkendal says...

Ahh well, that depends on what research you wish to believe. Yarbles, you manage to make a series of unsubstantiated statements. Take a look at http://www.ippr.org/
publication/55/9564/
beyond-the-bluster-w
hy-wind-power-is-an-
effective-technology
#.UPkSyIyKY7w.facebo
ok

for the alternative supporting onshore wind.
Ahh well, that depends on what research you wish to believe. Yarbles, you manage to make a series of unsubstantiated statements. Take a look at http://www.ippr.org/ publication/55/9564/ beyond-the-bluster-w hy-wind-power-is-an- effective-technology #.UPkSyIyKY7w.facebo ok for the alternative supporting onshore wind. Chrisinkendal

3:20pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Kendal Jock says...

Chrisinkendal wrote:
KWESP will have a website soon. Meanwhile e mail us at kwesp@hotmail.com
No chance of me and many friends in South Lakes giving our support for a horrendously expensive and useless system, which has already increased our energy bills. Made abroad, no UK
or very little manufacturing or creation of jobs for locals in any areas. This is one BIG scam by green pickpockets.
[quote][p][bold]Chrisinkendal[/bold] wrote: KWESP will have a website soon. Meanwhile e mail us at kwesp@hotmail.com[/p][/quote]No chance of me and many friends in South Lakes giving our support for a horrendously expensive and useless system, which has already increased our energy bills. Made abroad, no UK or very little manufacturing or creation of jobs for locals in any areas. This is one BIG scam by green pickpockets. Kendal Jock

3:24pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Kendal Jock says...

Yarbles wrote:
Pillage from the majority to fund the few, all at the expense of energy bill payers and the general population of the area who rely on tourism. How are Banks going to compensate these people, the ones who suffer financially?

Wind turbines are a horrendous waste of money. Of the energy generated only a fraction is useful and offsets CO2 emissions. There is an argument to say they even increase net CO2 emissions due to their effect on conventional plant. Scratch beneath the thin veneer of PR and spin and you will see a pretty ugly picture.
If you are considering joining this group I urge you to do some research first.
@Yarbles
You have got it right!! Unlike many of the
brainwashed public.
[quote][p][bold]Yarbles[/bold] wrote: Pillage from the majority to fund the few, all at the expense of energy bill payers and the general population of the area who rely on tourism. How are Banks going to compensate these people, the ones who suffer financially? Wind turbines are a horrendous waste of money. Of the energy generated only a fraction is useful and offsets CO2 emissions. There is an argument to say they even increase net CO2 emissions due to their effect on conventional plant. Scratch beneath the thin veneer of PR and spin and you will see a pretty ugly picture. If you are considering joining this group I urge you to do some research first.[/p][/quote]@Yarbles You have got it right!! Unlike many of the brainwashed public. Kendal Jock

9:04pm Tue 29 Jan 13

tictoc1 says...

If these turbines are so terribly bad, why are they cropping up all over the world? They are a form of generating energy, something we need more of!
If these turbines are so terribly bad, why are they cropping up all over the world? They are a form of generating energy, something we need more of! tictoc1

9:48pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Chrisinkendal says...

I'm interested in the statement "only a fraction is useful". Doesn't that also apply to all forms of energy production? E.g. Coal fired power stations produce energy at night which is sold at a cheaper rate via storage heating. Nuclear energy is often used to store energy into water storage systems for later use. Wind is just part of that mix. Could one of the detractors from wind energy please tell me what their proposals are for a future when we no longer have fossil fuels, or one where we cannot use them because of their impact on climate. Water power is one, but is far less productive than wind on lakelands inconsistent streams.
I'm interested in the statement "only a fraction is useful". Doesn't that also apply to all forms of energy production? E.g. Coal fired power stations produce energy at night which is sold at a cheaper rate via storage heating. Nuclear energy is often used to store energy into water storage systems for later use. Wind is just part of that mix. Could one of the detractors from wind energy please tell me what their proposals are for a future when we no longer have fossil fuels, or one where we cannot use them because of their impact on climate. Water power is one, but is far less productive than wind on lakelands inconsistent streams. Chrisinkendal

1:22pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Kendmoor says...

I just don't know! arguing about how much things cost, just seems to trivial in comparison to getting a form of energy back that doesn't effect the environment in a negative manner..

I mean I *know* its alarmist, and *rather* over the top, but in a way its like complaining about the money its costing to send a mission up to destroy an incoming astoroid that will kill off mankind.. (i'm cringing just saying that!) but what I mean is that it just seems very material of people.
Almost like the logics of clean energy are being overtaken by the "logics" of root of all evil..

If its such a cash cow - for heavens sake get in on it and stop whinging on a forum about other people making money ;)
I just don't know! arguing about how much things cost, just seems to trivial in comparison to getting a form of energy back that doesn't effect the environment in a negative manner.. I mean I *know* its alarmist, and *rather* over the top, but in a way its like complaining about the money its costing to send a mission up to destroy an incoming astoroid that will kill off mankind.. (i'm cringing just saying that!) but what I mean is that it just seems very material of people. Almost like the logics of clean energy are being overtaken by the "logics" of root of all evil.. If its such a cash cow - for heavens sake get in on it and stop whinging on a forum about other people making money ;) Kendmoor

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