Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

21/06/13 - Rosie Cooper MP meets with local residents to discuss

MP Rosie has met with West Lancashire residents to listen to their concerns about plans to build a large wind farm in Great Altcar.

 

Residents are concerned with the height of the turbines, at 450 ft; the distance from their homes; and the potential noise and environmental impact.

 

Commenting on the issue, MP Rosie said:

 

“I understand that it is thought that West Lancashire is a good location for wind turbines but we can’t have a situation in which we become the dumping ground for large scale wind turbine projects.

 

“The site in Great Altcar is located within the greenbelt and the area has dozens of listed buildings and acres of prime agricultural land. Local residents believe these proposals would be damaging to the local community and the surrounding areas.

 

“I accept that as a country we need to do more to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels but we must strike a balance between views of local residents who will have to live with these developments and our energy requirements as a whole.”

 

The turbines will extend to a height of approximately 450 feet; the same height as the Radio City Tower in Liverpool. Local residents have contacted Rosie objecting to the plans because of potential noise, environmental and health & safety implications.

 

The company plans to construct a large scale site, stretching across several square miles, including 24 turbines, two or three masts, access tracks and a substation in Great Altcar, West Lancashire. The plans are expected to be formally submitted to the Borough Council in October.

 

Rosie has written to West Lancashire Borough Council to raise residents’ concerns.

 

The turbines will be just a few hundred yards away from residents’ properties and will be seen for miles around. The wind farm will also have an affect the nearby micro-light strip and is on the flight path to RAF Woodvale.

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