Turbine research must be thorough
I was somewhat taken aback by your article in the December 14 edition of The Comet, headed Council backs turbine plan . In it you report that the Letchworth Garden City Council has raised no objections to an application to erect three wind turbines on la
I was somewhat taken aback by your article in the December 14 edition of The Comet, headed "Council backs turbine plan".
In it you report that the Letchworth Garden City Council has raised no objections to an application to erect three wind turbines on land adjacent to the Baldock bypass.
What surprised me was the fact that the developers had earlier indicated their intention to (temporarily) withdraw the application following advice from the planning office, because of numerous and serious deficiencies within the application itself.
I understand that these deficiencies range from incorrect noise calculations to poorly prepared appearance, visibility and environmental assessments. In addition the application made no mention of the potentially severe and widespread disruption to television reception.
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All of this begs the question as to why the town clerk felt able to voice his support for the project when clearly his council had paid little attention to the application itself.
The council's website informs me that they are a new body and being awash with seasonal goodwill I am happy to concede that this unfortunate utterance was probably due to inexperience.
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I am however pleased to say that my local representatives have not displayed the same lack of professionalism. The Weston Parish Council tasked a group of local professionals with the preparation of a report to balance the pros and cons of this development.
The report is complete and the WPC are content that it be made available to a wider audience. I would therefore urge the people of Letchworth, and indeed Baldock, Royston, Stevenage and Hitchin to visit the website www.exten dev.co.uk to view this document.
If at the end of the day a suitably informed local population decides that the turbines are desirable then so be it. Once built, these enormous constructions, three at first but potentially many more, will dominate our landscape for generations to come.
I would therefore urge you to research the subject carefully and draw your own conclusions.
Please do not rely on your town council to form your opinions because, quite frankly, the people of Letchworth deserve better.
KEN MOTHERSDALE, Weston