Meeting held over wind turbine plans

Planning application for a wind turbine, sewage treatments works giltbrook.
Planning application for a wind turbine, sewage treatments works giltbrook.

A MEETING took place in Kimberley last week to discuss controversial plans for a 400ft wind turbine near Giltbrook.

More than 40 residents turned up to the meeting, plus local councillors, wind turbine experts and representatives from Severn Trent – the company responsible for submitting the planning application at the end of last year.

While the majority of people were against the plans saying the wind turbine would blight the landscape, seven or eight people said renewable energy sources were fundamental.

There was discussion about the effects on wildlife, ground vibration, noise and shadow flicker, and Severn Trent representatives talked about the global need for alternative energy.

But Newthorpe resident Ken Calder said Britain was trying to ‘police’ the global output, when it was only responsible for a fraction of the problem.

“This is laudable,” he said. “But the people will suffer, once again, from the ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ syndrome and many thousands of these gigantic turbines will mushroom all over our beautiful countryside.”

Mr Calder said Severn Trent was undoing all of its good work after hiding the sewerage works on the site.

He said: “Severn Trent was praised for the way it had originally planned and hidden the sewerage works, but now it is undoing all its good community relations by erecting this 400ft monstrosity that will dwarf the countryside.”

There were also people from Awsworth at the meeting who said the wind turbine – proposed for greenbelt land in the Erewash Valley off Halls Lane in Giltbrook – would be as good as ‘in their back gardens’.

Severn Trent brought a noise monitor along to the meeting that showed the small meeting room at the Hub Cafe in Newdigate Street generated more noise than the wind turbine would.

And Kimberley councillor Richard Robinson, who chaired the meeting, backed the plans.

He said the long term benefits of renewable energy outweighed the ‘loss of visual amenity’. He did however say a wildlife assessment should be carried out and if shadow flicker had an effect on nearby homes the operation of the wind turbine should be suspended. The wind turbine will be 600m away from the nearest house

The decision will be made at a Broxtowe Borough Council meeting in May.