Solar farm will ruin our landscape

Gazette: Helen White Helen White

A SOLAR farm with 40,000 panels will be a blight on the landscape, it is claimed.

Maldon District Council is considering an application by Little Horkesley-based Lightsource Renewable Energy for a 23-hectare solar farm on fields south of Beckingham Road, Great Totham.

Helen White, 44, of Plains Road, Little Totham, said covering fields with solar panels would be completely out of keeping with the area and is determined to fight the proposals.

She said: “The visual impact of this is huge.

“There is a huge public objection, I would say about 99.9 per cent of the village is against it.”

A decision on the solar farm, which would generate enough electricity to power 3,073 homes, will be made at a planning and licensing committee meeting on Thursday.

Robert Long, district councillor for Tolleshunt D’Arcy, is among the councillors who have objected to the plans.

He said: “I feel that in this modern age the wind farms, the wind mills and the solar panel farms have become the modern version of satanic mills on our green and pleasant land.”

Fergus Howie, of Wicks Manor Farm in Tolleshunt Major.

He said he is disappointed with the councillors’ views.

“There’s no way we can create power by building nucleur power stations and burning fossil fuels,” he said.

“We have as good as ruined the world and created global warming. Why can’t people wake up to the fact that the sun is there and can create clean energy?”

Mr Howie plans to plant clover and allow sheep to graze around the panels.

He said on a sunny day, 204 solar panels at Wicks Manor Farm produce one-third of the electricity the farm used in a day.

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1:02pm Tue 12 Nov 13

RonnieClegg says...

it may not look great - but fields covered in plastic cloches don't either and there's nothing anyone can do about those. But comparing wind and solar farms with "satanic mills" is nonsense - they're not chucking out smoke, soot and pollution or employing people in dangerous and dirty conditions for long hours. Softening the scheme with sheep and plants seems sensible too - and there won't be any noise from tractors, harvesters and other necessary but noisy farm equipment. For "out of keeping" read not in my back yard - perhaps those complaining would rather we built another power station somewhere out of the way instead? Up north, perhaps - or in France, where a fair proportion of our power comes from already at great expense.
it may not look great - but fields covered in plastic cloches don't either and there's nothing anyone can do about those. But comparing wind and solar farms with "satanic mills" is nonsense - they're not chucking out smoke, soot and pollution or employing people in dangerous and dirty conditions for long hours. Softening the scheme with sheep and plants seems sensible too - and there won't be any noise from tractors, harvesters and other necessary but noisy farm equipment. For "out of keeping" read not in my back yard - perhaps those complaining would rather we built another power station somewhere out of the way instead? Up north, perhaps - or in France, where a fair proportion of our power comes from already at great expense. RonnieClegg

1:03pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I presume Mrs White couldn't care less if someone else had a power station built next to them to power her home though.

Personally I'd quite like to have my home powered this way. You would get use to the change in view -and it's certainly better than having 800 houses built on the land.
I presume Mrs White couldn't care less if someone else had a power station built next to them to power her home though. Personally I'd quite like to have my home powered this way. You would get use to the change in view -and it's certainly better than having 800 houses built on the land. Ritchie_Hicks

1:40pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Smeeth says...

Another fine example of someone's short - sightedness!

Surely Ms White and Councillor Long would rather we use clean, renewable energy than rely on fossil fuels and nuclear which are far more damaging to the world than a spoilt view!

Wake up and educate yourself in what is happening to your world.

Good luck Mr Howie with your application.
Another fine example of someone's short - sightedness! Surely Ms White and Councillor Long would rather we use clean, renewable energy than rely on fossil fuels and nuclear which are far more damaging to the world than a spoilt view! Wake up and educate yourself in what is happening to your world. Good luck Mr Howie with your application. Smeeth

1:44pm Tue 12 Nov 13

wormshero says...

Has anyone told Robert Long the reason we need such things? I don't think anyone who compares clean energy to satanic mills should be serving as district councilor. Certainly not speaking out about things he doesn't understand anyway.
Has anyone told Robert Long the reason we need such things? I don't think anyone who compares clean energy to satanic mills should be serving as district councilor. Certainly not speaking out about things he doesn't understand anyway. wormshero

11:07pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Reginald47 says...

Chill out! What a fuss.
Chill out! What a fuss. Reginald47

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