Milborne Wind Farm Proposal

Earlier this week I visited an Exhibition presented by West Coast Energy in the village of Tolpuddle famous for its workers 19th century revolt and where another revolution is being planned.

This time the revolution is creating renewable energy from a Wind Farm.

Its an exciting opportunity for Dorset and its people to really get involved in renewables and begin to take its fair share of the UK’s national energy targets.

West Coast are not a huge conglomerate but have a lot of experience in local wind farm start ups and have so far created 800 megawatts of renewable energy with projects in Scotland,Wales and the Midlands.

Some of their team were at the Village Hall to answer questions and take on board any suggestions or idea’s from the local community.

I really liked their approach and their emphasis on working with the local community,discussing problems at first hand and generally listening to genuine concerns.

What also struck me was their emphasis on Community,something that I believe is so important with renewable energy projects.They aim to give 10% of total revenues to the local community to fund whatever they decide is wanted.This over the 25 year life of the project will amount to circa £7 million pounds.

Local people,groups,Councils will be consulted and the projects fund will be controlled locally. This is hugely important and something that everyone in or near the location should become an integral part of.

Creating clean,sustainable energy with a win for well planned local projects to enhance the area is in itself an amazing opportunity.

The plan itself is to position 10 wind turbines of various sizes in fields North of Tolpuddle itself. The topography is excellent and runs almost parallel with the A35 trunk road from Poole to Dorchester.I never realised just how busy the road is and the car noise will more than drown out any noise created by the turbines. The lack of buildings within the vicinity make it excellent siting and we know for sure that in 25 years time after reaping the winds harvest the fields will be in much the same condition as they are today. No doubt in due course the Farmer will expand on what he intends to continue to do agriculturally near the turbines.

Of course from area’s across the County you will be able to see the turbines and my hope is that overtime they will become iconic symbols of a new way to fuel the development of future generations.

The site itself comes under the control of West Dorset and a special Parish Meeting is planned for the people of Milborne St Andrew in the Autumn where they will present the project and answer questions etc

Communication is vital as is respect for the concerns of everyone. Crucial to this is having the right information so can I suggest that anyone who wants to know more about wind turbines or any related renewable subject goes to www.dorsetenergized.co.uk where they will find real advice,information plus ways to get involved personally with renewable energy.

For local info and support email stur.transitiontown1@gmail.com

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2 responses to “Milborne Wind Farm Proposal

  1. I wonder if you would feel the same if proposal was on site of Sturminster Castle for instance? Look at what is happening at Rudge Hill Farm with opposition against proposals for PV panel array! These are not straightforward issues – would recommend you concentrate your comments on Sturminster and leave those of us who live directly in shadows (literally) of these proposals to make the comments (for or against) this project.

    • Dear Matthew,
      we consider that TTSN and its renewable group Energize Stur Valley has a remit covering all the Villages surrounding Stur itself and in the case of ESV the issues are so important we think at least on a Dorset/Somerset wide scale.
      I am sorry that you find our interest in the Marsh Farm project intrusive but it my experience on the ground that many people in and around Stur/Rudge Hill etc are fully in favour of the project.
      I believe that renewables are a vital part of our future and the obstructions that are being put in there process are in the main from a relatively small minority.
      I also believe that its the project leaders, communities to come together to try and work out ways of over-coming objections, making all parties happy with a little give and take allround.
      I also believe that if we could create more Community lead schemes that reward and help local people this would be far better than just schemes for private gain.
      However we have to move forward and better renewables are created than not.Maybe you would like to discuss the notion of you and your speific community creating a local scheme that suits you all and helps everyone,
      sincerely vince adams

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