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Blades the height of Liberty statue

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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The turbines would be the biggest in Devon.

The proposed five giant wind turbines at Meddon would be over 15 metres taller than the turbines at Fullabrook Wind Farm, which is still the biggest wind farm in the country.

The blades would be 46 metres in length, which is the height of the Statue of Liberty.

It is expected the wind farm's life expectancy would be 25-30 years.

The turbines could generate enough power for 5,500 homes, which is a third of the population of Bideford.

The construction period will last 18 months.

All five turbines will be erected at the same time.

During construction there will be up to 2,069 deliveries to the site.

Wind Ventures want to set up a community development fund for the benefit of those in the area surrounding the wind farm. This fund would be £20,000 to £30,000 per year for the wind farm's life span.

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  • Brizz_Tony  |  October 01 2012, 5:46PM

    Fifty years ago, we knew that all the new nuclear stations open or planned would be shut before 2020. 30 years ago, we knew that production of North Sea oil and gas was going to fall below consumption by now. 20 years ago, we knew that we would have to stop burning coal for electricity. What we have done about it so far is use more energy, bicker, argue, have protests, propose, back down, and build silly turbines. They will never provide more than a fifth of our power, and need constant backup for when the wind drops. Someone has to start making some real decisions, or we'll all soon be sat in the dark, listening to rusting turbines that nobody can afford to dismantle crashing to earth around us. I can cope with that, at least in short bursts. I can sit by my fire, read by lamp or torch, or just go to bed, but the economy can't do that. The quicker government accepts that it has made a terrible mistake with the proliferation of wind, the quicker we can sort the mess out, although with people with vested interests in the subsidies wind generates holding the powerful decision-making jobs in Parliament, it's difficult to see when that will happen. Say what you like about nuclear, but it doesn't produce carbon dioxide once built, any more than wind does, and it produces power consistently. Tidal power has suffered from lack of research because of the dash to get money out of turbine subsidies before HMG comes to its senses, but might help. Biomass? Not sure. Apart from food waste and suchlike, it has be grown, either on food land or overseas, and we already know of enough jungle clearance scandals to provide cheap wood to burn. Combined heat and power plants might be OK, but still need fuel. That leaves imported LNG, where we put ourselves at the mercy of other countries' politics, or shale gas. My money is on shale gas and LNG to cover the gap until we can get the next two generations of nuclear power stations up and running, with whatever small contribution we can afford from wind, when it is blowing. There won't be any more money left to give to the greedy wind farm builders, who will have to go home to Germany, Spain, France, Denmark etc, and spend it there.

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  • flobberdob1  |  September 30 2012, 10:31PM

    Sandman 18 I take it you don't like wind turbines so what is the alternative ? nuclear power ? solar panels ? candles ?

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  • flobberdob1  |  September 29 2012, 10:02PM

    Bring it on !

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  • 2ladybugs  |  September 27 2012, 2:34PM

    Hello...they said ST. Pauls Cathedral in the other report. The outcome will still be the same.......as sandman18 so eloquently says.

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  • sandman18  |  September 27 2012, 2:15PM

    They will wipe around 25% of every home near to the turbines this will amount to several million pounds loss to the community and they will make peoples lives a living hell for 25 - 30 years. If you do not believe me look at the reports on wind-watch.org and illwind.org. They will reduce the amount of tourists to the region wiping even more money from already struggling businesses, tourism is vital to this region. They will be bigger than revolving an A380 jet one of the biggest passenger planes with a wing span of 79.5m on top of an 80m pole !! the diameter of the rotor will be 92m. The visual impact on this area of Devon is growing daily, have a look at our map on stopitmeddon.co.uk and you will see what turbines we have and what is yet to come. Please help stop this happening write an objection letter to Torridge District Council Planning Department and quote planning application 1/0506/2012/FULM and start your letter "I Strongly Object". The closing date is 9th October so do not delay do it ASAP. The turbines are about greed not green they have taken over £220 million pounds over the last five months in subsidies and that is before they get paid for any electricity they generate and it all goes on our electricty bills so the more they build the more we pay. And they get paid when they are told to turn them off because the grid cannot use all the electricty so even more money in the form of a constraint payment £1.5million over the last five months. All this money mostly goes to foreign companies that do not give a stuff about the population of the UK to them we are just a big fat cash cow.

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