Prime farmland is the wrong place for solar panels

Gazette: Prime farmland is the wrong place for solar panels Prime farmland is the wrong place for solar panels

A SOLAR farm should not be build between Little Clacton and Great Holland, according to two councillors.

Little Horkesley-based Push Energy wants to install 46,000 panels on a section of Sladburys Farm.

It will produce enough energy to power 2,700 homes.

Frinton and Walton Town Council has recommended Tendring Council refuses the scheme.

Mark Cossens, town councillor and farmer, said: “The quality of land in Tendring is incredibly good and I think it would be of better use remaining as farm land.

“I think there are better ways for us to cut our carbon footprint while making use of prime farming land.

“It is a beautiful area too, and this is not the sort of change I would like to see.”

Sladburys Farm is in Clacton, but the land extends into Great Holland.

Some residents living near the earmarked area have criticised the plans, with several speaking out at the Frinton and Walton Town Council meeting.

They said the solar panels would ruin the natural beauty of the area.

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10:57am Wed 4 Dec 13

Scoot says...

So Mr Cossens there are better ways to cut the carbon footprint are there ? I take it you could possibly mean erecting huge windmills on dryland that cause an eyesore and can be seen from most points in the district. All those that object should perhaps subsidise the farmer who is obviously seeking an alternative source of revenue.
So Mr Cossens there are better ways to cut the carbon footprint are there ? I take it you could possibly mean erecting huge windmills on dryland that cause an eyesore and can be seen from most points in the district. All those that object should perhaps subsidise the farmer who is obviously seeking an alternative source of revenue. Scoot

11:36am Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

think we all know just how good the quality of farming land is around our district done we..

one wonders just why the farm adjacent to the bypass out of clacton where they want to build a new cinema plus outher outlets was down graded into "poor" quality land then...

strange that eh...
think we all know just how good the quality of farming land is around our district done we.. one wonders just why the farm adjacent to the bypass out of clacton where they want to build a new cinema plus outher outlets was down graded into "poor" quality land then... strange that eh... tomtheDJ

2:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

wormshero says...

I read the justification as to why it's a bad idea to use the land for renewable energy but, call me a cynic, all I think by the end of it is that possibly some money has changed hands from one or more energy companies with motive.
I read the justification as to why it's a bad idea to use the land for renewable energy but, call me a cynic, all I think by the end of it is that possibly some money has changed hands from one or more energy companies with motive. wormshero

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