Why Oppose Wadlow Wind Farm?
- It will be visible on the skyline for over 300 square miles. The visual impact of the wind farm will be immense. Each of the 13 towers will be 75 metres (246 feet) high. This proposed development is completely out of scale with the surrounding gently rolling countryside. In addition there are the distracting rotor blades bringing the total height to 120 metres (393 feet). This is almost two and a half times the height of Nelson's Column. The beauty of the Cambridgeshire country lies in the long views. The wind farm will be built on one of the few upland areas in East Anglia and will therefore dominate that view over hundreds of square miles.
- If Wadlow Wind Farm gets planning permission there are likely to be many more wind farms in the area. This will be the first wind farm in the area. The government hopes for wind farms to make up around 10% of the production of electricity by 2010. This will require thousands of large wind turbines intruding on the sky line over most of Britain. Around 400 of these are being considered for the East of England. So even if you can't see this wind farm you are likely to be able to see others. We must ensure that these are appropriately located.
- People living close to Wadlow Wind Farm will find the noise very disturbing. The wind industry has a history of dismissing the noise problem but those living close to wind farms find the noise levels completely unacceptable and are enraged that assurances about noise given in advance turn out to be worthless. The most intrusive noise comes from the blade moving through the air. The noise is a penetrating, low frequency "thump" each time the blade passes the turbine tower. Click here for more information about windfarm noise.
- Wadlow Wind Farm will require major building activity The hole excavated for a turbine's concrete foundation has a volume equivalent to a 25m swimming pool. To take the soil out and put in the foundations for 13 turbines will require a fleet of trucks and earth moving equipment and the building of support roads.
- Wadlow Wind Farm will destroy a beautiful local environment The wind farm represents the industrialisation of a rural area designated an "area of best landscape". The nearby Fleam Dyke is a "Site of Special Scientific Interest". Enjoyment of both would be ruined for future generations.
- Wadlow Wind Farm will cause bird strikes and affect the local wildlife Wind farms are known to have an effect on bird life and bats. Raptors are particularly susceptible to wind turbines and within this area several red kites and other birds of prey have been seen soaring. It is an area rich in wildlife and we should carefully consider the damage that will be done.
- Wadlow Wind Farm may be a danger to the public Wadlow Wind Farm will be next to a major road, the A11 and the dangerous Wilbrahams Junction. From the A11 there will be an unimpeded view of the wind farm. Inevitably some drivers will turn their heads to look at the rotating blades. This is a major distraction and may cause accidents. Also rotor blades have been known to shear off and travel up to 400 metres.
- Wind energy is two and a half times more expensive than current sources According to a Royal Society of Engineers 2004 report, onshore wind energy is two and a half times more expensive per kilowatt hour than gas or nuclear energy. The true costs have been hidden from the public by subsidies and enforced purchase by energy suppliers but in the end you will be paying the price.
- You will not be doing "your bit for the environment" by supporting wind farms Wind farms are very inefficient, produce electricity between 16% and 30 % of the time and have to be backed up by CO2 emitting energy power sources. A recent study showed that a large turbine saves less CO2 than the amount produced by just one articulated truck. Wind farms should be considered alongside other more efficient generators of electricity.
- Wadlow Wind Farm may pose a significant threat to aircraft safety.
- Wadlow Wind Farm contravenes the local structure plan produced by South Cambridgeshire District Council.
- Wadlow Wind Farm will reduce the amenity value and hence reduce property prices for residents in the area. Property prices in areas affected by wind farms tend to go down, and some people can find that it is much harder to sell their houses due to blight. Click here to view a RICS Survey on the impact of wind farms on the value of residential property and agricultural land.
Offshore vs Onshore
We support wind energy's role alongside all forms of renewable energy in developing more sustainable sources of energy and in reducing CO2 emissions. However, we support offshore wind farms because:
- More efficient, larger turbines can be built in greater numbers;
- Offshore turbines can take advantage of stronger and more consistent offshore winds;
- They avoid the negative impact of onshore wind farms on people and the surrounding countryside;
- They reduce industrialisation of rural areas.