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Friday, 31 December 2010

Wind farms aren't just a blight, they're a folly

The article below, published in the Daily Telegraph on 7th June 2011 re the above, can be viewed by clicking on the top link in the coloured 'Section 3  - Windfarm'. Click on the image it to enlarge. Once read please click on the 'Home page' link in Section 1 in the right-hand column (or click on the back-arrow in the top left a couple of times) to return to here.
















View from your window could win protection

The article below re the above, can be viewed by clicking on the second link in the coloured 'Section 3  - Windfarm'. Click on it to enlarge. Once read please click on 'Home page' link in Section 1 in the right-hand column (or click on the back-arrow in the top left a couple of times) to return to here.

Amazed at the sheer cheek of KCC

From: colin abbott <caroleandcolin4@aol.com>
To: david.brazier <david.brazier@kent.gov.uk.>
Sent: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 17:08
Subject: Waste Disposal and recycling.

Dear Mr.Brazier, I am amazed to see that KCC are now in the process of consulting people for their views on the future program for the above. The web site says your views are important and this is the Big Society in action. I am amazed at the sheer cheek of KCC for just as recently as 15th.March at the Planning Committee meeting to determine the application for Otterpool Quarry the views of the 96% of the villagers of Sellindge who signed  a petition against this site were totally ignored. As were the objections of the Parish Council, all adjoining Parish Councils, Shepway District Council, even Susan Carey our Kent County Cllr, together with Damian Collins our M.P. Also three members of the Committee were asleep for the duration of the meeting and woke up in time to vote against our wishes. THE SHEER CHEEK OF KENT COUNTY COUNCIL IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ABOUT A RETHINK ON THE DECISION THEREFORE AND LET THE BIG SOCIETY BE HEARD IN RETROSPECT BY OVERTURNING THE DECISION AND LET DEMOCRACY PREVAIL. HOW TWO FACED CAN YOU GET????? 
C ABBOTT (FORMER PARISH COUNCILLOR)

Urban Initiatives Questionnaire – return FREEPOST this Bank Holiday weekend


Urban Initiatives were appointed by Shepway Council and the Homes and Community Agency to produce a masterplan for the village of Sellindge. This process was commissioned to engage with local people to establish a consensual approach to change and improvements. It covers areas such as new houses, developed facilities and benefits for our Village. A number of key observations were made at the start as part of Urban Initiatives place check exercise:
  • The lack of a village centre or heart
  • The physical and social disconnection between various areas of the village
  • Improvements the residents would like to see to improve the quality and safety of the A20 such as crossing points and traffic calming


The 250 houses recommended by Urban Initiatives and accepted by some villagers allows for the benefits described above together with some others. However in our survey we found that 92% of the Village want no more than 100 houses built here over the next 15 years.

What we need to do when looking at the Questionnaire (at the top of the 2nd coloured section down in the right hand column) is carefully consider Options A and B (explained on Exhibition Board 5 – see Urban Initiatives website www.sellindgefuture.org.uk (its Panel 5 is in the Downloads section) or (its in the 2nd coloured section down in the right-hand column). See whether these fully and properly address the above benefits. It could be suggested that the 250 houses are too widely spread and do not relate to the Village Green and community feel, and that anyway 250 houses are far too many. (nearly a 50% increase). We might also think that the village green is not designed as well as the version produced by Sellindge’s Bob Edden. Furthermore, we do not know what the priorities are – the village green with some houses around or something else? Maybe you feel strongly that another solution is what Sellindge needs possibly like the Village Team’s plan offered to Urban Initiatives at the start of the process – see the Exhibition Board 3 in the 2nd coloured section down in the right-hand column.   

We realise there is not much time but the timetable is given by Home and Communities who are funding this process.  We must all give our views to Urban Initiatives to be received by Friday January 7th to make sure they are part of the process and Urban Initiatives hear what the local residents really think. 
  • Print the questionnaire (black and white) by clicking on the link at the top of the 2nd coloured section down in the right-hand column
  • Complete in pen, and then 
  • Put in the post using the FREEPOST address (or if you prefer using a first class stamp)

by early next week                      Our Village Needs Your Views!!!

If you have any questions please contact Dave Motley via dave@davemotley.co.uk



To return to here, after clicking on the links in the right hand column, just click on the back arrow at the top left of the page. 

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Sellindge want homes to centre on Village Green

In this weeks Kentish Express (16th December), is the article below. Click on the image to increase its size, to read the article. Once you have finished, click on the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return to here.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Sellindge Future - Meeting 10th/11th December - Exhibition Boards

Urban Initiatives, the planning consultants who Shepway DC have appointed to reshape our village, presented their findings in the Village Community Hall on the 10th and 11th December.

At the exhibition, they presented their findings to date via 6 exhibition boards.

"Each of the 6 boards can be found by going directly to that board's link within the 2nd coloured Section in the right-hand column entitled "Sellindge Future - Meeting 10th/11th December - Exhibition Boards".

Once you have finished viewing each of the 'Boards' just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page" and then click on the next Exhibition Board link, and so on.

A copy of these boards and all other information can be found via Urban Initiatives' website for the future of Sellindge, found in the 'Recent Updates' section on the right - 6th coloured bar down, 6th item down within that.

We can vote for one of two proposals or, instead, we can tell them we do not want any change or provide a further option. Whatever we decide to do, crucial planning developments, which will radically change our village permanently, will all be determined during the next two months.

This is our opportunity to provide our views. Questionnaires must be returned by 7th January 2011.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Sellindge Future - a public exhibition - Friday 10th pm and Saturday 11th December - Village Hall

At the top of the 5th coloured Section in the right-hand column "Recent Updates", there is a new link to the "Sellindge Future - The future of your village" flyer, issued by Urban Initiatives (consultants working for Shepway) and distributed with the Sellindge December Newsletter. This flyer includes:

- the date and times of the exhibition at Sellindge Village Hall
- the Process so far
- what is the Future about? and
- gives you the opportunity to have your say

Once you have finished viewing the 4 pages just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page".

Sellindge Village News December - Sellindge and District Residents Association

The article in this month's Sellindge News, submitted by Ronald Lello - Chairman of the Sellindge Residents Association, is as follows:


Sellindge and District Residents Association

KCC are going to list the Countrystyle Application to turn Otterpool Quarry into a huge Waste Treatment and Anaerobic Digester site on 20th January 2011 at County Hall Maidstone. This means much preparation in December and early January. Urban Initiatives, the planning consultants who Shepway DC have appointed to reshape our village, are going to present their findings in the Village Community Hall on the 10th (pm) and 11th December. We can vote for one of two proposals or, instead, we can tell them we do not want any change. Whatever we decide to do, crucial planning developments, which will radically change our village permanently, will all be determined during the next two months.

Here in Sellindge most villagers have a real sense of responsibility and a concern for future generations to come, as is clear from the response to our Questionnaire. Completed Questionnaire forms are still arriving but provisional results indicate a huge majority – some 85% - for establishing a new Village Green opposite the Post Office and Co-op in the field that once, was our common land until the Reverend Champney with others ‘enclosed’ it in the early 19th century. Another huge majority – a mega 95% - have voted for keeping our open spaces and existing views between houses. After all, this is the character of our village. Oh yes, and many many thanks to the anonymous person who sent me a suspicious bundle of Questionnaires all voting against the Village Green idea, yet un-typically not one name appears on them – anyway we are honest and we have included them in the statistics. Were these suspicious Questionnaires not included then the percentage of villagers voting positively for a village green would be over 90%. In short, while some of us are prepared to accept limited change towards a real improvement in the village – only the land owners and their associates appear to think that selling large chunks of their land for mega development, where ever it is, will make us a more beautiful and safer village. No surprise there then. Many thanks to all who have completed the Questionnaire and, to those who have just not got round to it, please do so. We shall reply to all messages sent to us although there are so many, it may take a while.

It continues to amaze me that serious consideration is being given to a proposal to build a large industrial site for the purpose of processing dangerous waste – it really is a danger to water, air and earth, let alone to people – right in between three villages all regarded as major areas for housing development and population growth. This dreadful proposal could have been halted by the Environment Agency. Their duty is to protect the Environment so as to protect us here in Sellindge, Lympne and Stanford. They are failing to do so. Julie and Patrick Breen who run the Airport Café are just 50 metres from the site and directly opposite the entrance so that everyone of the 170 HGV’s entering and leaving the Quarry each day will be belching fumes and filth over anyone still brave enough to eat there. Julie serves up to 300 customers each day and her family have run that Café for over 70 years. Surely, the Environment Agency have a duty to protect the Breens and their Café along with the rest of us?

Ronald Lello – Chairman Sellindge Residents Association

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Shepway Consultants - exhibition of Sellindge plans - 10th/11th December - for consultation - Village Hall

Shepway are developing their LDF, and recruited ‘Urban Initiatives’ to develop a master plan for Sellindge, taking into consideration local opinion, which will go towards their LDF. The LDF is a 15 year strategy and will form how housing/land will be used. Once this is created and agreed upon then any new housing development needs to comply with it. Some housing development is going to happen over the years regardless of what we may all want.

If we want things like a Village Green then now is the time to shout loudly!! What is decided during the coming days will affect this Village for generations to come. You can still make your voices heard and influence the future via Shepway's LDF. In this way, we can influence what will happen. We need to make sure they listen to OUR views - please return your questionnaire now.

Why the urgency? We need to inform Urban Initiatives of the local views so Urban Initiatives take these into account when presenting ‘the preferred option’ to the Village, at the Village Hall, on Friday pm 10th and all day Saturday 11th December for consultation. Urban Initiatives and Sellindge need you to be there to give your views on their plans!!

To obtain blank questionnaires for you, your household and your neighbours, view the 5th coloured Section "Recent Updates" in the right-hand column, clicking on the 5th link down and print the blank form. Once completed by hand, please just return them to Potten Farm or the Co-op.

If it is easier, send an email to:
simply providing the answers to all the questions in the following way, for example:

Q1 - Sellindge or Other
Q2 - yes, no or don't know

etc

Please keep them coming - we need all your local views!!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Unique deal to collect all our rubbish, including food waste

On Page 14 of the Folkestone Herald - 11th November 2010 - the article below appears.

In Summary, a deal between Shepway District Council and Dover District Council will mean household waste in both areas is collected by a single contractor - Veolia - in a 10 year agreement. They will be responsible for the taking and disposal of rubbish collections including the recycling of plastic and other materials, and street cleaning. It will also manage garden waste and will continue to take it to be composted at a Capel-le-Ferne farm. This officially starts in January next year and the new collection services are expected to be up and running by the middle of 2011.

It is estimated the new arrangement will save SDC over £700,000 and DDC over £200,000. Councillor Rory Love, SDC cabinet member for strategic services said "This is a ground breaking scheme. ..... We held a survey and asked the general public what changes they wanted and we've responded"

This will include a weekly food waste collection.

Note - click on the image below to increase its size, so you can read the article, and then use your mouse to see the rest of the article. Once you have finished, click on the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return to here.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Questionnaire 2 replies - please keep them coming

Thank you to all those who have returned your completed questionnaires, these will be very useful for the meetings today (Friday 12th November) and Monday.

To obtain blank questionnaires for you, your household and your neighbours, view the 5th coloured Section "Recent Updates" in the right-hand column, clicking on the 5th link down and then print the blank form. Once completed by hand, please just return them to Potten Farm or the Co-op.

If it is easier, send an email to:
simply providing the answers to all the questions in the following way, for example:

Q1 - Sellindge or Other
Q2 - yes, no or don't know

etc

Please keep them coming - we need all your local views!!

Friday, 5 November 2010

*** Questionnaire 2 - Our Village - Urgent ***

Please return completed Questionnaires to Potten Farm or the Co-op by the end of today, Wednesday 10th November - your views are crucial!!

This is so we can present a strong and even unchallengeable picture of what the Village wants to our MP Damian Collins and the Chief Executive of Shepway on Friday 12th November and to Urban Initiatives the following Monday.

At the end of the Village meeting on Tuesday 26th October, 7.30pm, where the latest threats that would change our Village forever were discussed! a questionnaire was handed out to all.

To print your (or additional copies for your neighbours), just click on "'Questionnaire 2 - Our Village'" 4th item down of the 'Recent Updates' section on the right (4th coloured bar down). Once you have finished please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here.

If its easier for you, please email your answers to
simply providing the answers to all the questions in the following way, for example:

Q1 - Sellindge or Other
Q2 - yes, no or don't know

etc

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Sellindge Newsletter - November 2010

THE FUTURE OF SELLINDGE

Despite it being a cold, wet and windy night on Tuesday October 26th, nearly 100 people attended the joint Parish Council / Residents Association meeting in the School Hall. Councillor Baxter started the evening by explaining the background history and then moved on to how the Local Development Framework (LDF) works.

This was followed by Ronald Lello of the Residents Association who spoke about the Lorry Park and Otterpool Quarry proposals as well as the current activity in the village resulting from the work of Shepway DC and their consultants Urban Initiatives. Bob Edden of the Residents Association explained the more technical issues including the proposal for a village green opposite the Co-op. This was followed by a lively Q and A session.

The one thing that is most important is that everyone gets involved - you must give your own views. The Residents Association have made a new and simplified questionnaire (see right-hand column, 5th coloured section down, 'Recent Updates'. Just click on the link 'Questionnaire 2 - Our Village', print the 1-page questionnaire. Click on the back arrow at the top left of the screen to return to here.)

Please fill it in. We have enclosed a copy of this questionnaire. If you have already filled one in please give it to another member of your household who has not yet done so. We need to know what each one of us thinks. Return the completed Questionaire forms to the Co-op or the Potten Farm Shop.

It is of the utmost importance that as many views as possible are received

Local Papers

A new Section has been added to the right-hand column (just above the 'Recent Section') so you can go straight to links to the free local papers to see the latest news.

For the week November 3rd there are articles as follows:

1) yourshepway - cover page, continued to page 3

2) yourashford - bottom of page 2

These links have features so you can zoom in to read the articles more easily.

Once you have finished viewing please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page".

Local Newspapers reports of the meeting on 26th October

In the Recent Updates' section in the top right hand column, 2 new entries have been added below the 'Urban Initiatives /Shepway DC Consultants' link. These are:

2) The front page of "yourshepway" (November 3rd) and page 3 where the article is continued, and

3) Page 2 article from "your ashford" (November 3rd)

These are both reports following the public meeting held at the local school on Tuesday 26th October.

Just click on each link to see the articles

((Note - click on the image to increase its size so its easier to read, once read then click on the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return.)

Once you have finished just click on the 'home' page link at the top of the right hand column to return or the back arrow again to return to here.

Urban Initiatives / Shepway DC Consultants

In Ronald Lello 'Chairman Sellindge and District Residents Association' article in the Sellindge Newsletter November 2010, is the following extract......

In the fast lane at the moment is Shepway DC and their appointed planning consultants, Urban Initiatives, who are here to suggest how the development of housing, employment and other services in Sellindge can meet the needs of our time. They have visited us three times. They walked a little way around the village, talked to the land owners in a private meeting and held two meetings that were open to invited residents. They appear to be making a real effort to understand how the village works and what might improve it and they have promised to consult the village opinion – that is you and me. Then they will be developing their recommendations which they will bring here for village discussion before finally submitting them to Shepway DC in January 2011.

It is very important, it is vital, to tell them what you think on their website
questionnaire.


A link to the Consultants website re the future of Sellindge can be found at the top of the 'Recent Updates' Section in the right-hand column, and also in the Useful websites Section below the 'Contacts' Section in the right-hand column.

Once you have finished viewing please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page".

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Contact Sellindge and District Residents Association

Use the links in the right hand column, just below 'Home Page' link as follows:

2nd colour bar - 'Email your Question or Comment'

3rd coloured bar - 'Contact Us' with your email address

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The Sellindge Future website

Sellindge Masterplan

Third entry down of the 'Recent Updates' section on the right (4th coloured bar down) you will find a link toThe Sellindge Future website.

This has been set up to keep people up to date on progress on the Sellindge Masterplan. The website has been independently established by Urban Initiatives to create a place where villagers can:

1) get the latest documents
2) keep up to date with information emerging from Village Team Workshops
3) leave their comments and complete questionnaires on the emerging plans
4) see presentations and read minutes from Village Team meetings
5) find out about forthcoming consultation events
6) get in touch with the masterplan team at Urban Initiatives

once you have finished viewing please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Urgent - Sellindge meeting - Tuesday 26th October 2010

Sellindge Meeting - Urgent

There is a Village meeting at Sellindge School on Tuesday 26th October - 7.30pm - to discuss the latest threats that would change our Village forever!

To see a copy of the Poster, click on "'Sellindge - Our Future' Poster for the meeting" in the 'Recent Updates' section on the right (4th coloured bar down).

once you have finished please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here.

See you all Tuesday 26th October at the School - 7.30pm.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Objections to the Proposal

Any proposed development should be examined on its merits. We need to reduce CO2 emissions, but we need to do so on a relatively crowded island where the construction of large energy-generating facilities has to fit in with other environmental and human factors.Sellindge Residents Association does not oppose wind energy. We broadly support wind energy's role in developing more sustainable sources of energy and in reducing CO2 emissions.
Off-shore vs On-shore
Where wind farms are sited off-shore great numbers of larger turbines can be built to take advantage of strong and consistent winds.
However, where wind farms are sited on-shore they generate relatively small amounts of power and can have a major negative impact on people and the surrounding countryside. The benefits have to be weighed against the negative impact.
Harringe Brooks Wind Farm
We object to the proposed wind turbines at Harringe Brooks on the following grounds. We consider that these negative factors far outweigh the modest reduction in CO2 emissions and the relatively small amount (see section on over-stated benefits below) of electricity produced:
  • They would dominate and adversely affect the landscape character of the area - particularly its open rural character.
  • They would adversely affect the historic landscape setting by introducing massive, intrusive, industrial forms out of scale and out of keeping with historic buildings, field patterns and views.
  • The construction / commissioning phase would last approx. 12 months and would involve deliveries of huge quantities of ready-mixed concrete for the foundations - potentially 25-30 truck deliveries a day - as well as larger vehicles delivering turbine sections.
  • The proposed development would "open up" the surrounding area to further wind farm development - to the detriment of its landscape and historic rural character.
  • The underlying motive for building them is primarily to enable Ecotricity to take advantage of the exceptional levels of subsidy currently available to wind farm developers.
  • In view of the profits to be made on the back of the currently available subsidies, we believe that the environmental advantages of the proposed wind farm may be overstated.
  • They would create noise by day and night, thereby reducing the peaceful character of the area to the detriment of local residents - with possible adverse health implications
  • There are potential health and safety risks for turbines collapsing
  • They will have adversely effects on birdlife, bats and may also affect radio and mobile phones.
  • There are potential problems due to sunlight flickering on the rotating blades.
  • They would have no significant economic benefit to the local economy.
  • They will adversely affect the amenity value and hence prices and saleability of local houses.

Visual Impact - landscape
Inappropriately sited, wind farms at these locations, will be  totally out of character with the area within which they are proposed. These tall industrial structures in a otherwise rural landscape  will be intrusive and detract from the natural beauty of this part of East Kent. At 125 metres high, they will be far taller than ANY structures within the area. They will be almost the height of Canary Wharf and 6 times higher than Sellindge church.
The size, scale and extent of the turbines would:
- dominate and adversely affect the landscape character of the area - particularly its rural character
- represent the industrialisation of a predominantly rural area
- adversely affect the historic pattern of the landscape by introducing intrusive and standardised industrial forms and by its dominating impact upon the setting of historic buildings and views from public rights of way
- be completely out of scale with the surrounding landscape
- adversely affect the whole landscape over a very wide area because of the high, open and visible nature of the site. The turbines would be visible for many miles
The turbines would completely dominate the landscape with out-of-scale industrial features alien to and out of keeping with it.
This drastic change would detract from the visual amenity of the landscape and affect the enjoyment of the area by all countryside users - including residents, walkers, cyclists, riders and visitors.
Residents
Landscape is part of the general amenity of life in small villages. Destruction of the essential qualities of the landscape reduces the quality of life of local people.
Local residents have either lived here since birth or have moved to the area through choice. A large factor in the attraction of the area for them is the visible landscape with the characteristics outlined above.
The proposed development threatens to undermine all of these people's enjoyment of the wonderful panoramic views and open vistas which are currently a feature of the local landscape.
Noise, Health & Safety
Wind Turbines are not silent as developers often claim. Experience has shown that residents living up to a mile away can be seriously affected by noise, especially at night, causing sleep deprivation. The nearest houses will be less than 600m away.
The issue of noise produced by wind turbines is controversial. There are widely conflicting views, an apparent shortage of scientific research and planning regulations which are based on outdated data.
It seems that no one can be certain exactly what the noise implications would be until the site is operational. By then it would be too late to do anything about it.
Wind turbines produce three types of sound - (a) mechanical noise from the gearbox and generators, (b) aerodynamic noise from the movement of the blades through the air and (c) low frequency infrasound. Research has shown that low frequency sound can cause serious health problems for people sensitive to its effects. People living near wind turbines have been reported to experience health problems including sleep difficulties, headaches, irritability and stress.
The following factors are worth noting:
1. Obviously, the closer to a turbine you live the greater the chance of noise being an issue. The nearest house to one of the proposed turbines would be around 600m.
2. Noise would vary depending on the force and direction of the wind. 
3. Different people have different sensitivities to noise.
4. Turbines can have an effect on one another. Sound waves from one turbine can affect and be affected by sound waves from others. There is potential for small "ripples" of sound from different turbines to build up into much larger "waves" of sound. This effect can become marked at certain distances from turbine clusters.
5. The wind can blow hard at any time of day or night. In the middle of the night when background noise is low the turbines could often be at their noisiest.
6. There has little research into the noise impacts of larger (125/130m) turbines. The people with the money to undertake such research are the Government and the wind farm developers - one suspects that they have nothing to gain and everything to lose from such research.
The statutory methodology (ETSU-R-97) used by planning authorities to assess wind farm noise was developed back in 1996 using data from turbines only 40m to 60m high.
Professor Ffowcs-Williams, Emeritus Professor of Engineering, Cambridge University, one of the UK’s leading acoustical experts has said:
"The regulations (ETSU-R-97) are dated and in other ways inadequate. It is known that modern, very tall turbines, do cause problems, and many think that the current guidelines fail adequately to protect the public."
Thus the fact that any proposed wind farm appears to comply with ETSU-R-97 in an Environmental Impact Assessment gives no guarantee that there will be no noise problems for people living in the area once the wind farm is built.
Reports from the UK Noise Association and others (see links below) suggest that the harmful effects on the health of people living near to wind turbines are insufficiently assessed and that minimum separation of wind turbines from dwellings needs to be increased (recommendations range from 1.5km to 1.5 miles), particularly for the large, modern turbines, until comprehensive scientific research can fully evaluate their impact.
As Mike Barnard observes (see link below):
"There have been many examples in the past when warning signs of future problems with new technologies have been overlooked or ignored (e.g. asbestos/tobacco). It took time before a pattern of health complaints were observed. As turbines increase both in size and proximity to houses reports of health effects appear to have started to escalate. In years to come the noise issue from large modern turbines may be seen to have fallen into the same category."
Finally, the experience of the Davis family from Deeping St Nicholas, who live 930m from an eight turbine wind farm, makes worrying reading. As soon as this wind farm became operational in 2007 they started experiencing noise problems which reached such a state that they have had to find an alternative "sleeping house" 5 miles away in order to get an uninterrupted night’s sleep. Yet the wind farm met the Government guidelines. See: "Statement from Jane Davis of Deeping St. Nicholas" - National Wind Watch online documents - April 2007.
Shadow Flicker
This occurs when the sun is low in sky and the rotating blades are in between the sun and the observer. This causes a monotonous strobing effect throughout the facing rooms in homes up to a mile away from the turbines.
For examples of both of these see the following video clip of what can happen if Turbines are sited too closely to housing in an inappropriate location and without due consideration for the residents of the area: Wind Turbine ShadowFlickerand Noise, Byron Wisconsin - YouTube
Environmental Impact
Whilst wind farms are put forward as being an Environmentally positive development, this does not cover the whole Environmental impact- only a small part of it. Wind turbines aren't as green as you think!
As well as the visual impact there are significant concerns with regard to the ecology and the effect on the wildlife in the area. Particular concerns about bats and bird life have been raised.
Birds & Bats
Birds and bats are particularly vulnerable to wind turbines. Although the blades rotate at only 15 to 30 rpm the blade tips, travelling at around 200mph, can kill both birds and bats.
There is ample evidence of barn owls flying, and probably nesting, in close proximity to Harringe Brooks. Buzzards have also moved into the area and a large number of more common species are also active.
The existence of any bird migratory routes in proximity to the proposed site must be clearly defined to ensure that migrants will not be put at risk.
Even if not killed, it is possible for birds and bats to change their behaviour and avoid dangerous areas - with possible implications for bird migration patterns.
Adverse effects of this sort can only really be measured over time by monitoring population figures. Developers might point to a lack of direct evidence of individual fatalities but it is worth bearing in mind (a) that the local fox population is unlikely to leave the evidence lying on the ground for long and (b) the only people with legal access to the area beneath the turbines would be Ecotricity and the landowner.
Animals
Domesticated animals (including livestock, pets and horses) may be affected by noise - particularly ultra low frequency transmissions from the turbines. Concerns have been expressed that this could be detrimental to successful livestock breeding.
Any loss of wildlife will detract from the amenity of people enjoying the countryside.
Effect on Local Roads
The construction / commissioning phase could last approx. 12 months.
Based on figures seen in relation to other wind farm developments, it appears that around 25 to 30 truck deliveries of concrete per day could be expected.
In addition, sections of turbine up to 40m long would be delivered on special large low-loaders.
All of the approach roads are small and rural and the condition of the road surfaces is seldom particularly good - often necessitating piecemeal edging repairs.
It is likely that the additional traffic and its heavy nature would cause both congestion at the site access and damage to the road surfaces necessitating more extensive and disruptive repairs.
Further Development
Perhaps most worrying is that there are plenty of examples where the grant of planning approval for a wind farm "opens up" the area for further wind farm development.
If 600m from the nearest village is seen as acceptable then one can imagine many "suitable" sites along the high ground overlooking the Romney Marsh in both Ashford and Shepway districts - with the devastation to the landscape which that would entail.
Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers
At present, there are huge subsidies available (via the Renewables Obligation (RO) system) to energy companies who build wind farms. However, increasing energy prices and changes in the energy sector have rendered them unnecessary - although energy companies still receive them and taxpayers still pay for them.
Based on recent industry figures quoted in the press, each turbine at Harringe Brooks would generate power worth around £200,000 on the wholesale market, plus a further £300,000 of subsidy from taxpayers. With a turbine cost of around £2m the net profit over the proposed initial 25 year life of the wind farm would be around £3.36m a year.[source - report by the Environment Editor of The Sunday Times, 27/1/2008 - click for article]
In January 2007, Ofgem, in its response to Government consultation on the subsidy system stated:
"We fully support the Government's aims of reducing carbon emissions and promoting renewable generation but we think there are cheaper and simpler ways of meeting these aims than the RO scheme which is forecast to cost business and domestic customers over £30bn."
Ofgem goes on to state that:
"Other organisations, such as the National Audit Office, Carbon Trust,
academics and the European Commission have all raised similar concerns."
"The subsidy generates returns for investors that are greatly in excess of the economic cost of generation it helps to finance ... At an average price of £45/MWh (close to the current wholesale price) all of the existing deployed technologies are economic without the need for any further support suggesting that nearly all of the RO subsidy is excess."
[NB. Ofgem is responsible for administering the RO system on behalf of the Government but does not set the rules. Responsibility for the policy itself lies with the Dept for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR)]
Overstated Benefits
Whilst there are clearly benefits for the environment in terms of reduced reliance on fossil fuels, the extent of these may not be as much as is claimed.
Wind turbines can only produce electricity when the wind is between around 10 and 56 mph. Electricity demand varies considerably at different times of day and year. There is no way to store electricity; demand must be met by immediate supply. Since there is no way to control the wind and determine how much electricity a turbine will produce at a given time, other, traditional energy sources are still needed in order to ensure supply. Thus, the building of wind farms does not mean that other power stations can be decommissioned.
The construction of a wind farm is not in itself "carbon neutral". The manufacture of huge metal turbines, their delivery on specialised lorries, the delivery of huge quantities of concrete for their bases and their actual assembly clearly expend large amounts of energy - most of it fossil fuels.
The extent to which overall CO2 emissions are reduced is not clear cut and, in the past, claims made by Npower have been found by the Advertising Standards Authority to have breached their rules on "truthfulness", "substantiation" and "environmental claims" - (see 2007 decision on ASA website).
For a discussion and interviews on the question of whether the benefits of wind farms are being overstated, listen again to BBC Radio 4's "Costing the Earth":
"... experts interviewed on Costing the Earth claim the power of the wind to deliver electricity is being overestimated by companies keen to cash in on big subsidies." - (30th August 2007 -http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/costingtheearth_20070830.shtml)
House Prices / Saleability
The loss of amenity in an area will have an adverse effect on property values.
A court has recently ruled that living near a wind farm decreases house prices and it awarded a householder a discount on her council tax because her £170,000 home had been rendered worthless by a turbine 1,000 yards away. (For more details see the Telegraph report 26 July 2008)
In a 2004 court case where a seller had failed to disclose to the buyer that a wind farm was about to be built nearby, the judge ruled that the value of the property reduced by 20% by the presence of the wind farm.
Much depends on proximity and visibility. Clearly the prices of nearby houses in sight of the turbines would be affected.
The wider effect is likely to be linked to the extent to which the presence of the turbines changes the character of the landscape. In the case of Harringe Brooks the negative effect on the landscape would be profound.
Would you prefer to buy a rural house in a village with six of the biggest wind turbines in Britain looming over it or one in a rural village without the turbines?

How to Object

It’s important to write any objections in your own words, but you must also adhere to valid planning objections.  Objections can be registered either online following the link on this website to the Shepway planning website or letters can be written to the planning officer at Shepway.

The more objections registered the better our case will be!

Here are some valid grounds for opposing the Ecotricity application at Harringe Brooks:

·          Adverse visual impact – these turbines are almost the same height as the main tower at Canary Wharf. They are on a massive industrial scale which is completely inappropriate in the surrounding landscape. Their vast size means they will dominate the skyline for miles around and look out of context.  The open and rural character of the landscape here will be destroyed.

·          Noise - you may be concerned about the low-frequency noise created by the turbines (about which little is known of the long-term health effects). The noise may impact your well being by not being able to relax in the garden or disturbed sleep at night.
(The visual impact and noise should be considered together as both will impact simultaneously and the combined effect will be overwhelming)

·         Cumulative effect – there are applications for six turbines by Ecotricity, and a further one only a few hundred meters away by Mr Price. The effect of this mass of machines will devastate the area and will cause a massive nuisance to the local residents – of which number nearly 3000 throughout the surrounding villages. Once the area is blighted, it is much more likely that further significant planning applications for other developments will be agreed. The cumulative effect of these would be devastating to the local community.

·         Residential amenity – in Europe and in Scotland turbines are not allowed to be sited within a minimum distance of 2km from homes. The whole of the villages of Sellindge, Lympne, Court at Street and parts of Aldington will be within this zone with some properties less than 500m away. Are our lives less valuable?

·         Public amenity – you may be concerned that there are a number of designated quiet lanes around the site and the turbines could present a danger to passersby with “blade throw” and other items thrown from the blades and “shadow flicker” affecting us in our houses as well as residents, motorists, walkers and horses.
·         Wildlife – your concerns may be for the migratory and resident birds that make this area their home and the potential destruction of their natural habitat. Bats are also highly at risk due to the low pressure caused by the blades as they sweep past.
·         European landscape convention – this recognises landscape as legally constituting an essential component of people’s lives. It is therefore your right to oppose if you feel that the turbines will affect your enjoyment of your surroundings. 

Monday, 6 September 2010

Our Villages - The Future - Your Views

Sellindge and District Residents Association Survey

In the Recent Updates' section, near the top of the column on the right, you will find a link to the 'Sellindge and District Residents Association Survey'.

Just click on the link to view and/or print the 2 page survey. Unfortunately, you cannot update the survey directly so once you have finished viewing please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here.

Many of you will have received a copy of the survey through your letterbox and returned it already. If it more convenient, you are welcome to return the survey to Dave Motley. 10 Swan Lane, Sellindge, TN25 6EP. However, if it is not easy to return the survey by hand, please instead send an email to:

simply providing the answers to all the questions in the following way, for example:

Q1 - Westenhanger
Q2 - No
Q3 - a) Yes, b) Don't know, c) No, d) No

etc. up to and including Question 11 and optionally your name/address

or

complete a paper copy of the survey by pen, scan and attach it to an email to the email address above.

Thank you for your time.

Kent On Sunday - Letter week ending 5 September 2010

Here is a reader's letter from Page 30 of this week's Kent on Sunday. Once you have read please look at the 'post' below and make sure you have given your views to the above survey.

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Villages grab land

Shepway council is drawing up its local development framework for planning. This document includes the building of up to 1,000 houses in Sellindge, 400 in Lympne and 400 in Westenhanger.

This will effectively urbanise the whole area and overwhelm the communities and character of the villages.

Shepway is now consulting on this with regards to what developments should be imposed upon us. Current Government policy is "to reward local councils for building more homes. .. by allowing them to keep more of the proceeds of council tax and business ratesfrom new development". I imagine Shepway council will be falling over backwards to grant planning permission to any large developments proposed in an effort to fill the councils coffers.

Planning for development should be primarily concerned with meeting the needs of communities and infrastructure, not with meeting the financial interests of developers and the finances of the planning authority.

Shepway had the ability to effectively write itself a large blank cheque at the expense of rural communities. The planning applications are already rolling in at Westenhanger and Lympne.

Planners and developers seem to be eyeing up the green fields surrounding our villages like a hungry man eyeing up a cake. What is it to be Shepway? Profits or people?

Penny Knight, Sellindge.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Detailed Report Objecting to Waste Development Proposals at Otterpool Quarry, Sellindge

In the Recent Updates' section, near the top of the right hand column, please find:

Detailed Report
Objecting to waste Development Proposals at Otterpool Quarry, Sellindge


Report presenting detailed OBJECTIONS
by
Sellindge and District Resident's Association
to the Proposal submitted by
Countrystyle Recycling Ltd
for the
Construction and Operation of a
Materials Recycling Facility and
Anaerobic Digestion Plant
at
Otterpool Quarry, Sellindge, Kent.

Just click on the link to see the report, including many wonderful photos of the naturally beautiful, picturesque countryside in and around Sellindge.

Once you have finished, just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

KCC Meeting at Lympne 8th February 2010

In the Recent Updates' section in the top right hand column, a new entry has been added from the Kentish Express, of the 11th February 2010:

Kentish Express 11/02/10 - KCC meeting in Lympne on Monday 8th February

Just click on the link to see the article at the top of page 14, including a photo.

(Note - click on the image to increase its size to more easily read the print, once read then click on the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return.

Once you have finished just click on the 'home' page link at the top of the right hand column to return or the back arrow again to return to here.

Change to Recent Updates Section

The older updates from this section in 2008 have been moved to the 'Updates in 2008' section slightly lower down, below the 'Contacts' section.

Monday, 8 February 2010

8th February 2010 - KCC Meeting - be there! - URGENT

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Urgent - Reminder - Meeting Tonight

KCC have re-arranged the January meeting for Monday 8th February 2010.

It will start at 7 pm, at Lympne Village Hall.

Please let everyone know as its crucial to the Sellindge village and
surrounding areas for us all to be there.

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Radio Kent Interview - Monday 8th february 2010

There is an interview with Ronald Lello on Tom Warnett's early morning programme at 7.15am and then 8.15am, followed by a phone in at 9am.
Please pick up that phone.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Letter to KCC from Sellindge and District Residents Association

In the Recent Updates' section on the right, a new entry has been added to the top on 2nd February 2010.Just click on this link to see the full letter.

The letter is from the Sellindge and District Residents Association to the Planning Officer in Maidstone. As it explains in the opening paragraph " We are writing to register our continued opposition to the planning application submitted by Countrystyle Recycling Ltd proposing the construction of a Materials Recycling Facility and an Anaerobic Digestion Plant on the site of old workings at Otterpool Quarry."

Yours Sincerely

Ronald S Lello Chairman

On behalf of Sellindge and District Residents Association

(after reading the letter, please just click on the 'Home page' link or on the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return to this page)


Saturday, 30 January 2010

KCC reveals the 5 options for the Lorry Park

In the Recent Updates' section in the top right hand column, a new entry has been added from the Kentish Express, of the 28th January 2010:

KCC reveals the 5 options for the proposed Lorry Park

Just click on the link to see the top and lower parts of page 15.

(Note - click on the first image (top of page 15) to increase its size to more easily read the print, once read then click on the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return, using the same method for the second image (bottom of page 15)

Once you have finished just click on the 'home' page link at the top of the right hand column to return to here.

Monday, 25 January 2010

GETTING REAL WITH JUSTICE - extract from page 3 of the Janaury Sellindge Newsletter

We might wonder, what, in society, is ‘due’ to us and what we are ‘due’ to offer society. It has been said that the most important thing due to us is the freedom to discover who and what we are: anything that impedes that, impedes the heart of Justice. Closer to ground level, I think each one of us is due the rays of the sun, clean air, rain and pure water, and fresh unpolluted earth.

Enter Otterpool Lane Quarry site and the proposal of Countrystyle Ltd to build a Waste Treatment Processing Plant there. Various agencies exist to maintain our just dues of sunshine, air, rain and earth, and one of them is the Environment Agency. They recommend that Anaerobic Digestion and the material that has been digested should not be processed or stored less than 250 metres from any habitation where food is being prepared. In Germany and America, similar agencies are recommending best practice to be that habitations and food processing areas should be at least 500 metres away from waste treatment processing.

Now, dead opposite the proposed treatment site at Otterpool Lane, not more than 50 metres away from the Quarry gate, is a well known food processing site in a very human habitation called ‘The Airport Café’. It has been trading for over 40 years and as we all know, it is a café that serves among many other good things, a superb breakfast. And we know the owners Patrick and Julie Breen have worked hard to develop their business. I would say that this hardworking couple pay their dues to our society by providing a good service and continuing to develop their catering standards. Surely they deserve sunshine, clean air, clean water and unpolluted earth. Others too, have homes nearby this proposed site – for a start those living in Newingreen, Stanford and Lympne and 1,300 of us living in Sellindge. And we would all like what is justly due to us. We don’t even want the danger or a possibility of sunshine being obscured by waste processing gases and odours, or air borne diseases, or poisoned water or fouled land. What we want is Justice. And as the flood picture in the January Sellindge Newsletter show, Sellindge is regularly subject to extreme weather conditions that would sweep the waste treatment poisons straight across the A20 right into the Airport Café, into the fields and into the ditches that lead straight to the river Stour. As my Grandchildren would say “Come on Countrystyle – get real!”.

A further meeting has been organised by Kent County Council to be held at Lympne Village Hall on 8th February at 7.00pm (KCC delayed their visit on 13th January due to the snow as they wanted to personally see the site). Please may the young and not so young make every effort to be there even if for a short time. Let us convey to Countrystyle Ltd. our thoughts as to where to stuff their fetid waste and let us reasonably suggest to KCC that waste treatment is best processed far away from human habitations. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Ronald Lello – Chairman Sellindge and District Residents Association

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Your Shepway - 13th January Meeting - Article - Read on

In the Recent Updates' section in the top right hand column, a new entry has been added on 24th Janaury to the 'Your Shepway' publication.

On page 3, there is an article covering the meeting at the Village Hall on 13th January.

To read the article

1) Click on the link in the right hand column
2) Click on 'Next at the bottom of the screen in the centre
3) Click on the article at the top of page 3 to 'zoom in'
4) To move the page around on your screen you can either hold the left mouse
cursor whilst dragging the page or use the arrows at the side and
top of the page.

Once you have finished just click the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return back to this page.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Notes from the 13th Janaury 2010 meeting held at Sellindge Village Hall

In the Recent Updates' section on the right, a new entry has been added to the top on the 20th January 2010.

(after reading the notes, just click the back arrow in the top left of the screen to return back to this page)

These are notes of the meeting held at the Sellindge Village Hall on 13th January and were provided by:

Sean Furey
Deputy Director
Protect Kent - The Kent Branch of CPRE

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Radio Kent - 16 November 2010 - Sellindge

At the top of the 'Recent Updates' Section in the right-hand column, there is a new link to the BBC Kent show broadcast at 7.00 am on Tuesday 16th November 2010 re the various issues regarding the future of Sellindge.

You can listen to the whole show or go directly to where the Sellindge issues are discussed:

1) near the beginning at 2 minutes and 41 seconds in, and

2) at 41 minutes and 8 seconds in

(please let me know if there are other times and I will include these)

You can move the bar below the large white rectangle to these point to just listen from these points.

Once you have finished listening please just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page".

Friday, 1 January 2010

Breaking News - KCC PLANNING HEARING - Otterpool Quarry Waste Treatment - Confirmed 15th Marc

Anaerobic Waste Recycling Plant application – confirmed - 15th March

KCC have confirmed the hearing of the Countryside's Otterpool Anaerobic Waste plant Application will be first on the Agenda at the planning meeting on Tuesday 15th March for consideration.

Please remember that County Councillor Susan Carey says such demonstrations do have a big effect so please make a huge effort to be there. Coaches have been re-booked for Tuesday 15th March to take protesters to County Hall Maidstone. People will need to be at the Village hall by 8.20 am, leaving on the dot at 8.30 am. The early departure is necessary due to the hearing starting at 10 am, the time it takes to get to Maidstone (including rush hour and being market day) and needing to present our Petition and be settled in place before the hearing. If you would like to join us on the coach then we are just asking for a £5 donation to the Residents’ Association.

If you have not already done so, please contact Margaret Ludlow via telephone (01303) 813 369. 

In the right-hand column, at the top of the 'Recent Updates' section (5th coloured section down) are the following 2 documents:

1) Agenda for the whole meeting, and

2 The Otterpool application report 

Just click on each ink to view. Once you have finished click on the back arrow at the top of the screen to return to here. 

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