Britain starts dismantling wind farms after successful Lake District campaign

Posted: December 8, 2017 by oldbrew in People power, turbines, wind

Kirkby Moor [image credit: Stephen Dawson / Wikipedia]

Let’s hope other scenic but corrupted areas take up the baton to get more of these ridiculous industrial eyesores removed from our natural environment.

A dozen 140ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views, reports the GWPF (from The Times).

The wind farm on Kirkby Moor on the Furness peninsula in Cumbria would be the first large one to be taken down since they began appearing around Britain in 1991.

South Lakeland district council refused an application by the wind farm operator to keep the turbines operating for another ten years until 2027.

Under the original planning permission, granted in 1992, the turbines have to be removed by August 26 next year.

The council’s decision follows a campaign by the Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS), which argued that the turbines blighted views from within the Lake District National Park. The distance to the park boundary from the nearest turbine is 800 metres.

Laura Fiske, FLD planning officer, said the decision set a precedent which would make it easier to resist applications from other wind farm operators to extend the life of visually intrusive turbines for which planning permission will soon expire.

She said: “This decision is a victory for the local communities who live in the shadow of this development imposed on them by the government in the early 1990s. This decision reflects the tireless effort they have put in to make their voices heard.”

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  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    So it begins. The beginning of the end of the “wind power” con game.Without the power of government mandates and incentives these monuments to the Ecoloon Religion will come down, one way or another. Best if the owners are saddled with the cost…pg

  2. Wonderful story, thanks!

  3. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Finally!! Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for the prayer wheel monstrosities blighting our lands and pockets.

  4. Roger,

    When the windmills are all cleaned up, it would be wonderful to have accounting of all of the costs and all of the benefits, if any.

    Where are they going to get electricity?


  5. Jamie Spry says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Let’s hope other scenic but corrupted areas take up the baton to get more of these ridiculous industrial eyesores removed from our natural environment.”

    The uselessness of symbolic fake fixes to a fake catastrophe finally being found out.


  6. wind currently 01:00 2017-12-09 supplying 25% uk power
    been above average 5GW for last few months
    Uk currently supplying nuclear france with 1to2 GW
    Germany supplying france with 3 to 6GW
    spain has been supplying france with 3GW

    French nuclear currently has a problem – rusty pipes
    uk nuclear still has 4 stations off line and one low output

    New uk nuclear being purchased at twice the price of wind

    Is wind really as bad as you make out???

    [reply] not dispatchable, disfiguring countryside

  7. Bruckner8 says:

    Wait. No mention of their efficiency? Removed only because they looked bad? No matter which side you’re on, that doesn’t make sense. I’d be a lot more impressed had they said “we realized these were not delivering on their promised value.”

  8. Richard111 says:

    And what is going to be done about the the foundations? Nothing, I suppose.

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘No mention of their efficiency?’

    Efficient wind turbines would at least need efficient wind. Output can vary a lot in a short time, including zero.

  10. wolsten says:

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    This news is getting shared widely on the internet, with the majority of comments being very positive. As someone else said in the comments we welcome the beginning of the end of what most regard as a monstrous attack on the environment, wild life, energy security and economic growth.

  11. Alan Ogden says:

    Mike thefordprefect
    ‘uk nuclear still has 4 stations off line’
    I hope you mean reactors. Each AGR station in the UK has two reactors. 4 stations being off-line at the same time would mean the loss of nearly half the UK nuclear output.

  12. ivan says:

    What are the odds on the company that owns them going bankrupt just before they have to dismantle them thus forcing the cost of removal to be passed on to the public?

    The local council should have had a provision in the removal order that demanded that the owners put the cost of the removal in a fund by the end of the month, that way removal costs would be covered.

    Also is the cost of removing the power lines and unit foundations included?

  13. stpaulchuck says:

    there must have been hundreds of billions in graft, “profit”, and rip-offs in installing these stupid things. Of course it all came out of the pockets of rate payers and tax payers. This whole thing reeks of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

    I congratulate our cousins from the east side of the Pond on a moment of clarity. Let’s hope it continues.

  14. Bart Winchester says:

    Far better to dam more rivers , or double the price of electricity to pay to build nuclear plants that wil be ready by 2033.

  15. Graeme No.3 says:

    O/T but I see that Malawi is having blackouts. They are 98% dependent on ‘renewables’ towhit hydro but drought has reduced the availability of water. Diesel generators are being used.
    It seems a general rule RELY on RENEWABLES and install diesel generators.

  16. oldbrew says:

    Relying on nature alone for electricity is never going to work, in most countries.

  17. ren says:

    Sorry for the digression, but my dog is very similar to the cairn terrier.

  18. Bitter&twisted says:

    Well done South Lakes District Planning.
    This is a seminal victory over the forces of darkness.

  19. Russ Wood says:

    In South Africa these days, every mine has to establish a trust fund to clean up after the mine has finished operations and has been closed. This rule was created because of the huge expense of cleaning up the flooding in the old mines around (and under) Johannesburg. A slight problem is that if the operators are (shall we say) not scrupulously honest, there’s a possibility that these funds could be raided for other reasons. For further into this, look up ‘Optimum Colliery’ and ‘Gupta’.