Press - Local

Articles and press releases on the Wadlow Wind Farm that have been published in the Cambridge Evening News (CEN), other local publications and relevant web sites can be found here.

June 2007 Letter, Thurlow Village Link
Thurlow Estate News
Includes information about approaches made to the estate from windfarm developers. Apparently the going rate for a landowner who agrees to have wind turbines built on his/her land is £19,000 per annum per turbine. Thurlow Estate has declined the offers, because they are not convinced that sacrificing beautiful landscapes for the sake of questionable benefits, efficiency and short term financial gain is the right way forward. Text of Letter


28/06/2007 Letter, Haverhill Echo
Ill Researched and Hysterical Lot of Wind
"LISA Jackson's Eco-Echo article on June 14th was typical of the ill researched and almost hysterical tone that has become common recently. Some facts that Ms Jackson does not seem to be aware of are: 1. The main drive behind the current stampede for windfarms is commercial. Windfarm developers stand to make enormous profits for their shareholders as a result of taxpayers' money that is used to subsidise the electricity that they produce through the ROC system...." More..


28/06/2007 Letter, Haverhill Echo
Turbines Are Not The Answer to Enerby
"Reading Lisa Jackson's environmental spot I can only conclude that she is being deliberately provocative and deliberately rude. A number of inland wind farms have proved unreliable and inefficient. If she lived here as I have for the last thirty five years and if she had taken the trouble to check wind speeds for the last six months she would know that these turbines fail...." More..


20/06/2007 Article, Haverhill Echo
New Windfarm Application Considered
"PROPOSALS to build eight wind turbines near Linton were unveiled this week, just two weeks after a planning application for a wind farm at Wadlow Farm, West Wratting, was rejected. Enertrag UK has begun 12 months of consultations and surveys which, if it finds the site close to Camgrain suitable, will result in a planning application...." More..


18/06/2007 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Energy Company Eyes a New Wind Farm Site
"A WIND farm could be built near Linton, the News can reveal. Independent energy company Enertrag UK Ltd is exploring the possibility of putting eight turbines on land south west of the village. No planning application has been submitted yet, but the company has been looking at the site for nine to 12 months and has now asked South Cambridgeshire District Council to provide an opinion...." More..


14/06/2007 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
They don't Listen
"THE fact that, even after Boxworth and Wadlow Farm have been turned down, another large wind farm is proposed leads one to conclude that wind farm developers do not seem to listen to any arguments. They keep putting in unsuitable schemes in the hope that if they try long enough they may wear everyone down and eventually get a result. There is no reason to believe that the situation near Linton will be any different in the future and hence the result will presumably be the same. Yet for two or more years as this proposal grinds through the planning system the amount of time, stress and money that will be expended will be huge...." More..


14/06/2007 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
Wind Farm Worry
"EVEN as South Cambridgeshire District Council recognises that the Wadlow Wind Farm at West Wratting was another inappropriate site in South Cambridgeshire, a further proposal rears its head. Enertrag is putting forward an eight-turbine wind farm between Linton and Great Chesterford. Given that the Wadlow scheme will probably go to appeal at a cost to the council in excess of £50,000, this raises the issue of how to stop this merry-go-round. The developers in both the Boxworth and Wadlow schemes stressed they had selected the best sites in South Cambridgeshire. So future proposals will, by definition, be for less suitable sites and therefore likely to be rejected as well. In the meantime they will cause considerable worry and distress over a number of years to local residents and will cost the council more money they can ill afford...." More..


13/06/2007 Article, Haverhill Echo
Campaign Group Vows to Continue Wind Farm Battle
"STOP Wadlow Wind Farm campaign group is preparing for another battle with Renewable Energy Solutions (RES) over plans to build 13 wind turbines between West Wratting and Balsham. South Cambridgeshire Council (SCDC) rejected RES's plans for the 13 turbines at Wadlow Farm but RES is expected to appeal...." More..


07/06/2007 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Windfarm Battle 'Will Go On'
"DEVELOPERS behind a controversial windfarm in South Cambridgeshire are to appeal against planning refusal. Renewable Energy Systems claim the site at Wadlow Farm near West Wratting is the best location in the district for a windfarm and will continue to pursue the project. South Cambridgeshire District Council yesterday (Wednesday, 06 June) rejected plans for 13 wind turbines, each 120 metres high, saying the damage the development would do to the local environment outweighed the benefits of renewable energy generated by the scheme - one councillor described the plan as 'rape and pillage of the countryside'...." More..


01/06/2007 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Proposal For Wind Farm Faces Probable Rejection
"PLANS for a wind farm near Balsham and West Wratting are likely to be rejected next week. Renewable Energy Systems hope to build 13 wind turbines at Wadlow Farm, but planners at South Cambridgeshire District Council have recommended the scheme be refused. The council's planning committee meets on June 6. Balsham, West Wratting, Carlton, Brinkley and Little Wilbraham parish councils are among objectors to the plans, along with Cambridge Airport and the Stop Wadlow Wind Farm campaign group. There were also 183 letters of objection from residents, saying the scheme would damage the landscape, cause noise pollution, affect protected species and was not the best solution for energy generation...." More..


31/05/2007 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
Fight Wind Farms
"THE debate over when or whether Cambridgeshire should get a wind farm needs some sensible input. Annette Deveson, Renewable Energy Systems' project director for Wadlow Farm, said that site could generate enough electricity 'to power a third of the homes in the South Cambridgeshire area, more than 15,000 houses' (News, May 25). What she actually means is that the site, running at maximum output, could generate enough electricity to provide 15,000 houses with just under 500 watts each (a DTI statistic). An average kettle requires 2kw (2,000 watts). So this isn't exactly 'powering' a house....' More..


24/05/2007 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Battle Looms as Wind of Change Blows In
"HOW long will it be before a big wind farm is built in Cambridge- shire - and where will it be? In recent months the county has become a battleground between residents and developers keen to put up turbines in rural locations, and the war is heating up. The latest skirmish will come to a head on Wednesday, June 6, when planning committee members at South Cambridgeshire District Council discuss proposals for a 13-turbine facility at Wadlow Farm, between Balsham and West Wratting...." More..


02/01/2007 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Rejection Puts Wind in Protesters' Sails
"OPPONENTS of a proposed wind farm are to step up their campaign after a Government-appointed planning inspector rejected plans for another one near Boxworth. The Stop Wadlow Wind Farm Group (SWWF) is opposed to plans by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) to put 13 wind turbines, each 120m high, on land at Wadlow Farm, between Balsham and West Wratting. And its members have taken heart from the decision earlier last month by planning inspector Andrew Pykett to reject an appeal by Cambridge Wind Farm Ltd against South Cambridgeshire District Council's refusal of permission for 15 100-metre high wind turbines between Boxworth and Conington...." More..


09/12/2006 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Celebration as Inspector Halts Wind Farm Plan
"CAMPAIGNERS are "over the moon" after winning their battle against a massive windfarm. Cambridge Wind Farm Ltd wanted to build 15, 100-metre high wind turbines between Boxworth and Conington, alongside the A14. ... A spokeswoman for South Cambridgeshire District Council welcomed the result. She said: "The inspector has accepted the wind farm would have dominated the area's character, appearance and landscape to such an extent it would have outweighed the benefit of the contribution to regional renewable energy targets." ..." More..


14/11/2006 Article, Haverhill Echo
Wind Farm Plans Postponed for Answers
"CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 13, 120 feet high wind turbines at Wadlow Farm between Balsham and West Wratting have been put on hold while Renewable Energy Solutions (RES) respond to some of the objections made during the consultation period. South Cambridgeshire Council (SCDC) have asked for additional information as requested by consultees of the project...." More..


19/10/2006 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
How Good Is It?
"NEITHER side in the 'turbine or not to turbine' debate asks or answers the primary question. This is: Will the Boxworth Wind Farm produce sufficient electricity to reliably support the power requirements of our area and reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Has there been any factual evidence published by the proposed wind farms to support their planning applications? No. If these wind farm projects are that good, why are the companies not presenting the data they have been collecting over the last two years on wind speed and frequency and thus prove to residents there will be a real benefit for us for the future? I do hope our district councillors will press for information on the data collected but with only two pages out of the 433 pages of the application relating to power generation I won't be holding my breath...." More..


18/10/2006 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
How Good Is It?
"NEITHER side in the "turbine or not to turbine" debate asks or answers the primary question. This is: Will the Boxworth Wind Farm produce sufficient electricity to reliably support the power requirements of our area and reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Has there been any factual evidence published by the proposed wind farms to support their planning applications? No. If these wind farm projects are that good, why are the companies not presenting the data they have been collecting over the last two years on wind speed and frequency and thus prove to residents there will be a real benefit for us for the future?..." More..


18/10/2006 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Wind Farm Plan Blasted
"THE first day of a planning appeal inquiry into a proposed wind farm alongside the A14 heard the developers had chosen an 'inappropriate' site. The appeal has arisen because the application by Cambridge Wind Farm Ltd to build 15, 100-metre high wind turbines between Boxworth and Conington was rejected by South Cambridgeshire District Council. In yesterday (Tuesday, 17 October)'s opening statements, Morag Ellis QC, representing the 1,650 members of Stop Cambridge Wind Farm Group, voiced the group's opposition to the wind farm. She said: 'The case, very simply, is that the appellant has selected an inappropriate site. The wind farm, if built, would touch almost every aspect of the lives of local people - it would be visible from many homes, visible as a backdrop to daily life in their villages and travelling along the already difficult A14.'...." More..


13/10/2006 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Turbine or Not Turbine, That is The Question . . .
"A public inquiry into a proposed wind farm alongside the A14 between Boxworth and Conington, starts on Tuesday. Tonight, the News presents both sides of the argument...." More..


25/9/2006 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Airport Move Plan Hits Windfarm Snag
"AN unlikely obstacle has emerged in the potential move of Marshall's out of Cambridge. Wind farms may be an eco-friendly way of producing energy but their presence can cause havoc in the world of aviation. According to chiefs at Cambridge Airport, wind farms can interfere with radar across a distance of up to 40 miles. The two feasible locations for the aerospace giant's move away from Cambridge are Wyton and Mildenhall * but wind farms are planned in the vicinity of both......" More..


14/09/2006 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Date is Fixed for Wind Farm Probe
"A PUBLIC inquiry will be held into plans to build a controversial wind farm. A Government-appointed planning inspector will look into the proposals for the site on the A14 at Boxworth and Conington, starting on October 17. Mike Barnard, of the Stop Cambridge Wind Farm action group said: 'The A14 is already a major problem and putting such a big distraction nearby is ludicrous. The wind farms are noisy and an eyesore......" More..


13/08/2006 Article, Daily Telegraph
Straws In The Wind
"Just when our English, Welsh and Scottish governments (as we must now call them) are going overboard for wind power, a shocking new report shows just what make-believe it is based on. A London-based consultancy, ABS Energy Research, cites new studies from Germany and Denmark, Europe's two leading wind generators, which vividly illustrate the inefficiency and unreliability of wind power, not least because the very times when electricity demand is at its peak, in very hot or cold weather, are when the wind is least likely to blow...." More..


08/08/2006 Article, Cambridge Evening News
Energy Firm Cuts Turbine at Farm
"PLANS for a wind farm have been modified following a review of the scheme. The farm, proposed for the ridge between Boxworth and Conington, will now have 15 turbines, rather than 16. South Cambridgeshire District Council opposed the plans but Londonbased Your Energy has appealed, with a public inquiry due to begin in October. Campaigners said the modification had altered nothing. Mike Barnard, of the Stop Cambridge Wind Farm action group, said: 'The loss of one turbine makes no difference to the scale of the overall scheme. 'There will still be 15 turbines as tall as Big Ben, each sweeping out an area in the sky the size of a football pitch, causing damage to the landscape and degrading the quality of life for thousands of people living nearby.' He added: 'There were concerns the initial noise survey carried out by Your Energy appeared to be unrepresentative and less than comprehensive...." More..


12/07/2006 Press Article, Cambridge Evening News
Fury at 'Sinister' Poster Removal
"VILLAGERS fighting a proposed wind farm fear they are the victims of a sinister campaign after posters showing their opposition were torn down. The Stop Wadlow Wind Farm Group nailed its colours to the mast by putting the posters all around West Wratting. ..." More..


17/05/2006 BBC News On-line Cambridgeshire
Wind Farm Proposals Go On Display
"Plans to build a wind farm in South Cambridgeshire are to go on display to the public. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) wants to site the 13 turbines between the villages of Balsham and West Wratting. ..." More..


23/03/2006 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
Drop Wind Farm
"RECENT letters on the proposed wind farm at West Wratting overlook a few crucial facts. ..." More..


17/03/2006 Press Article, Cambridge Evening News
Villages Split Over Turbines
"RESIDENTS are divided over whether plans for a controversial wind farm should go ahead...." More..


14/03/2006 Press Release, James Paice MP website (www.jamespaicemp.com)
Paice Announces Result Of Windfarm Survey
"South East Cambridgeshire residents remain divided in their opinions on the proposed wind farm near Balsham with 43% in favour and 53% opposed, according to a survey carried out by Jim Paice MP, Vicky Ford and Cllr Richard Barrett...." More..


06/03/2006 Letter, Cambridge Evening News
Effort Wiped Out
"THE Government's rejection on environmental grounds of the plan to construct Britain s largest wind farm at Whinash in Cumbria needs to be set in context...." More..


03/02/2006 Press Release, James Paice MP website (www.jamespaicemp.com)
Paice To Walk The Windfarm Site At Wadlow
"On Saturday 4th February Jim Paice MP will join local residents on a site visit and walk of the proposed windfarm that is to be located between Balsham, West Wratting, Six Mile Bottom and the A11. ..." More..


10/01/2006 Press Release, James Paice MP website (www.jamespaicemp.com)
Paice Sends Message to Windfarm Meetings
"Jim Paice has expressed his concerns over the windfarm proposal near Balsham and has had the following letter read out on his behalf at the public meetings in Balsham and West Wratting..." More..


12/01/2006 Press Article, Cambridge Evening News
Villagers Give Their Views on Turbine Plans
"VILLAGERS have had their say about plans to build a windfarm with 13 turbines near their homes. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd wants to erect the 400-foot high turbines on land at Wadlow Farm between Balsham and West Wratting at a cost of £23 million..." More..


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