Public Consultation on Slyer’s Lane wind farm, closes 20th December 2014

From West Dorset Pro Wind Facebook group

Application Number: WD/D/14/002611 Case Officer: Andrew Martin Tel: 01305 252227

For the application & to comment online West Dorset District Council “Planning Application Search”
http://webapps.westdorset-dc.gov.uk/PlanningApps/Pages/Planning.aspx?App=WD/D/14/002611

By post: Mr Martin, Case Officer, Planning Department , West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks, Dorchester DT1 1UZ

If you are writing your own letter make sure you include the application number and your address. Everyone 18 and over in your household can have his/her own say. You can use the same envelope or email address. Save a copy of what you write and use it to contact your local councillors and your MP. Check out the documents online or view at the Council offices on request.

It is an election year. With UKIP and others, there is a new level of climate change denial, a threat to cancel all targets on greenhouse gas emissions and plans to stop the development of renewables both wind and solar in its tracks.

Frack Free Solent public information meetings.

FFS_001The government has rushed to let fracking licences all over southern England. Fracking is a very different process to conventional oil extraction requiring major industrial complexes at every wellhead. Typically well-heads are spaced at 1 mile intervals. These meetings are your chance to discuss the implications and get better informed.

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STOCKBRIDGE (between Winchester & Andover) on Tuesday 8 July at 7.30pm Stockbridge Town Hall, High St, Stockbridge SO20 6HE Map

  • Short film describing fracking
  • Marcus Adams from Frack Free Fernhurst
  • Becky Martin from Salisbury Against Fracking
  • Speaker from Hampshire Renewable Energy Collective
  • Question and answer session

IGas Energy, already responsible for a conventional oil well near Stockbridge, holds three exploration and development licences covering large areas between Stockbridge and Andover and Stockbridge and Winchester. In the next few years the Test Valley could become part of the new UK “Gas Lands” with the countryside becoming industrialised.

This meeting is your chance to discuss the implications and get informed so you are ready in the event that planning applications start to be made in this area.

PETERSFIELD on Saturday 12 July at 10.00am St Peter’s Parish Hall, St Peter’s Rd, Petersfield GU32 3HX Map

  • Short film describing fracking
  • Tim Dawes from Frack Free Solent
  • Brenda Pollock from Friends of the Earth
  • Peter McDowell, a geologist
  • Question and answer session

Celtique Energy has been given a large concession that includes Petersfield, Liphook and Midhurst and is presently applying for planning permission for a well-head at Fernhurst.

Contact Frack Free Solent or visit our website

Not in my back yard.

  

NIMBYs have a tendency to react with shock and surprise when they find there’s a bigger world out there and such proved the case with the Swanage flavour of this species on January 13th.

Apparently those nasty Eneco people are going to plonk a bloody great wind farm about 9 miles off the coast of Swanage, spoiling their sea views; of course it would be much better installed on someone else’s patch and it’s all a con and a conspiracy and inefficient blaah blaah blaah.

Of course Eneco are capitalists, and whilst we would prefer that sustainable energy was a resource built, owned and run by the community it will serve, and free at the point of delivery, that ain’t gonna happen right now.

Meantime the planet continues to cook and Dorset continues to get away with putting bugger all into the national grid, freeloading off of the working class communities that live in the shadow of coal, gas, oil fired and nuclear power stations in other parts of the UK.

Imagine the look on their faces when hoards of fluffy greenies turned up at their little ‘we don’t want a wind farm in our twee little town’ demo on the 13th to put the case for sustainable energy, with windmills, carnival dragons, colourful kites and all the rest of it. The look on the collective NIMBY mug was priceless and their link hands protest, having been cobbled together by the usual hi-tech methods of shop window displays, word of mouth and a paragraph or two in the local rag was thrown into total disarray. They didn’t quite know how to deal with rightfully angry counter-demonstrators who forced them to look at such ungainly things as livid jugglers and musicians entertaining them.

Still, when their megatoff tory MP, man of the people Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (WTF!) turned up to dry their tears, reassuring them that their little bit of the planet was exempt from trying to arrest the effects of climate change, they felt a bit better and had a good shout at the fluffies who just juggled and sang a little more.

The NIMBY wannabe toffs retired to their clubs and bars, and discussed the fact that world was bit bigger than they thought it was; maybe they’d better widen their world vision and stop marrying their cousins if they are to have any stake in the future.

Challenge ‘Challenge Navitus’ on Swanage Sea Front.

save the fucking polar bears!On 13th January 2013 there is a demonstration on Swanage Sea Front by Challenge Navitus to protest against the siting of the Offshore wind farm that Navitus Bay Dev Ltd plan to develop off of the South Dorset Coast. This demonstration is a low key hand linking exercise to make their point, it is being co-ordinated by:

http://www.challengenavitus.co.uk/.

They are a very clever, well organised, and well-funded group that can quote all kinds of technical reasons why this wind farm shouldn’t go ahead but the whole objection boils down to NIMBYism in the end.

It would be nice if their was a carnival type response to this demonstration to try to make the case for renewables and for Dorset to play its part in the drive to sustainability. If you support this concept come and take part in a peaceful and happy rally to put the other side of the case; invite your friends and networks. If you’d like to get in touch use the contact form and we’ll forward to the organisers. This is no one organisation’s action but a federation of activist groups that support a more urgent drive to renewables.

https://www.facebook.com/events/111474079018411/

All attending parties please meet at the Mowlem Theatre at 10.45am.