Marr and Melton Wood Action Group

On Wednesday 27th September 2006, Banks Developments unveiled a plan to construct between four and seven 125m wind turbines on green-belt farm land opposite the village of Marr in South Yorkshire. This blog will chart the progress of the local movement as it fights to oppose the scheme.

25 February 2007

Alternatives to the Marr Wind Farm

Marr and Melton Wood Action Group ask you to consider the following:

  • That Doncaster already has a large scale ‘clean-power’ generation scheme in development at the old Hatfield Main Colliery site. This will produce massive clean-power from the borough – swamping the intermittent output from the proposed Marr Wind Farm. The scheme will also generate 350 jobs – adding value to the local economy.
  • Backing the recommendations of the Renewable Energy Foundation that has called for larger scale Wind Farms to be suitably sited in off-shore locations.
  • Take steps to reduce your own domestic energy consumption and carbon footprint. Follow the lead of David Bellamy who observes that the single act of using low energy light bulbs would totally remove the need for Wind Farms in the UK.
  • Lobby your local councillors and MPs to show leadership by reducing energy consumption within government and local authority buildings.


At 9:53 AM, Blogger Seawinds said...

It is not an 'either' 'or'. we need low energy light bulbs AND wind farms !!!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Seawinds said...

So called 'Clean Coal' is only a percentage cleaner than current coal burning. It still releases massive amounts of Nitrogen Oxides and Carbon Dioxide and is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the overall objective is reduced carbon emissions then the Council could do so much more.

Mayor Winter could avoid taking ridiculous private jet journeys back to Doncaster from the Labour Party concference in Bournemouth. The Council could provide cheap public transport and actively encourage better use of it thereby taking cars off the road. Congestion would be reduced and we would not have cars sat in traffic jams polluting the atmosphere whilst stationary.

By implementing schemes that all the town can participate in the Council would be taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions with a net effect which would be far greater than agreeing to 4 wind turbines being built.

Wind farms should be sited in the most appropriate places ie those where wind speeds are highest. They should not be built just for the sake of being built.

Targets should be dealt with nationally not per local authority. By all means use natural resources such as tidal and wind to create energy but only in the most appropriate places.

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