Stop Proposed Shap Wind Turbines (15m higher than Angel of the North)

December 30, 2012

Please could you circulate to as many people as you can:

The application is for 2 turbines with total height to tip of blade a whopping 35 metres.  (Angel of the North is 20 metres.)

This is NOT small!  PLEASE OBJECT before January 10th.  As is common, this application has been made just before Christmas to make it less likely that people will find the application and object to it.

The location is just to the west of the M6, just north of Shap village, off the Sleagill road.

You can object online via the  (When you get to documents, the environmental statement has most information)

Or by post to  quoting application 12/1029 to:
Eden District Council
Town Hall
Cumbria CA11 7QF

If you know anyone else that could and would object, please pass this on!

Many thanks,


Advice from EPAW on keeping a health diary

May 3, 2012

An important message to windfarm neighbours
If you already have wind turbines operating near your home or workplace, or if you will have some in the future, we advise as follows:

There is increasing recognition around the world that some people begin to develop some new health problems, or experience worsening of pre-existing health problems, after a nearby wind turbine development starts operating. This can happen with just one wind turbine, and people are reporting these symptoms out to a distance of 10km (or more in some places).

Some people are affected right away, whereas others develop the symptoms over time, many months later.

For many individuals, it is subtle, and they or their families only start to realize they are being affected if they go away from home and the symptoms go away, only to return when they come back home AND the turbines are operating. Many people do not initially link the operating wind turbines with their symptoms, especially if they are unable to get away from their home (near the operating wind turbines) for longer periods of time and notice for themselves that they are feeling much better.

It would therefore be a good idea to maintain a detailed personal health journal or diary, noting the date, the time, and the particular symptoms or problems you experience. Certain weather conditions and wind directions also are consistently reported to be associated with symptoms being experienced, or symptoms worsening. This information is also worth recording.

Sharing the contents of your journal with your treating medical practitioner would prove helpful to him, and therefore to you. It could also be useful to your attorney, if you decide one day to sue the windfarm developer and the land owner. Class action lawsuits are also a possibility. From any standpoint, personal health journals are very useful.

If you would like further information, we recommend you view the video here: as well as the following webpages:

Model for a Personal Health Journal, by:

Sarah Laurie, MD*
Chief Executive Officer
The Waubra Foundation

*Editor’s note: Dr. Laurie’s Australian medical degree, BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), is equivalent to the MD degree in the United States. We have listed her as “MD,” since few people outside Australia know what BMBS stands for.

Personal Health Journals

If you are concerned that the turbines may be having an effect on you or your family’s health, one way of seeing whether or not your concerns are justified is to start keeping a detailed journal or diary. This information is often used by acousticians to try and help people affected by noise from other sources, and residents elsewhere have found it very helpful for themselves, and for their local health practitioners to identify a pattern to their symptoms, if there is one.

I suggest keeping the information either in an exercise book used only for this, or entering the information into a spreadsheet on the computer if you prefer. It is best to do this at the time you are experiencing the symptoms.

I suggest noting the following:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Blood pressure (if relevant)
  • Heart rate (if relevant)
  • Detailed description of symptoms, and what you are doing at the time they occur, how long they last, and anything else relevant
  • Weather conditions
  • Wind direction
  • Estimated wind speed (e.g. no wind, light breeze, strong, or gale)
  • Turbines turning (if you can see them – some people can’t)

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The National Trust Suffering From Wind Farm Menace

February 15, 2012

The National Trust, one of our country’s best-loved and most competent conservation organisations is plagued by pressure from Wind farms.Despite the fact that NT are using other renewable technologies that they consider contextually appropriate, they have to waste time and money fighting off wind farms.

Please take a moment to read this article and participate in the poll.

National Trust comes out against ‘public menace’ of wind farms

Over 100 Members of Parliament Call For Cuts In Onshore Wind

February 10, 2012

Again we have good reason to thank our MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory stewart, this time for being among the MPs who have written a letter to our PM asking for a cut in subsidies of onshore wind farms and a shift to better encourage alternative renewable energy.  When Tony Blair committed our nation to an enormous emphasis on wind power he may not have foreseen the practical complications, cost and unhappiness associated with such a move.

Anyway, the mounting unpopularity of onshore wind farms has manifested in a letter to David Cameron asking that onshore wind farm subsidies be reduced and that subsidies be redirected to help adoption of other renewable energy technologies that people are more likely to find contextually appropriate.

There are some promising alternative renewable and energy saving technologies available for homes and businesses right now. In 2011 I worked on website text copy updates for Logic a local plumbing and heating firm headquartered in Appleby-in-Westmorland, and came to learn more about recent developments in accessibility of renewable energy for domestic and commercial applications. Technologies such as heat pumps, solar panels, biomass boilers and underfloor heating can dramatically improve our carbon footprint while reducing monthly bills. There are up-front costs in installation, and there’s assistance in the form of Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewable Heat Premium Payment schemes. You may find investment in your own property attractive considering the low interest rates at the moment. Along with the savings returns it is likely that you’ll enjoy a more comfortable home environment and add some value to your home while basking in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit to improve the nation’s climate change obligations.

If you want to see an air source heat pump in action you can pop along to Logic’s showroom and office building in Appleby’s Cross Croft Industrial Estate. On the left of their building you’ll see a very unassuming box with an intake reminiscent of an air-conditioner from which a corrugated hose runs into the building. Heat is drawn through this intake from the ambient air temperature and condensed by an interior unit to a temperature useful for your home heating. There’s is a Worcester Bosch model but I saw them install a NIBE heat pump into a nearby cottage recently when investigating options for our Maulds Meaburn Village Institute for EDC’s Rural Community Infrastructure grant application.

The Government’s Green Deal is coming in Autumn of this year and it aims to render renewable technologies more accessible and provide incentives for their wider adoption.

Plans for 32-turbine wind farm near Washington scrapped to preserve Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)

December 11, 2011
Proposed Wind Farm in Washington D.C. Scrubbed

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 04:48 AM PST

Plans to build a 32-turbine wind farm near the coast of Washington in a key breeding area for a threatened seabird have been halted to the relief of conservationists.

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PETITION – Wind farms and Planning Inspectors

November 28, 2011

PETITION – Wind farms and Planning Inspectors

Responsible department:
Department for Communities and Local Government

Stop Planning Inspectors summarily overturning the decisions of local planning departments, thus resulting in wind farms being built against the wishes of the local population.

Thank you for your participation.

Best regards,

Dominic Mette
Secretary-General, EPAW

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Wind farms in mass bird killings, West Virginia

October 31, 2011

Some disturbing news from the States about mass bird fatalities due to Wind farms. It seems that 75% of operational wind farms in West Virginia have been associated with mass killings of birds. This would seem to further strengthen the argument that wind farms are bad news for wildlife, not just from the considerable damage and disruption occasioned during the construction phase but from lengthy operation that presents only two options  for birds and bats: area denial or death.

While it has been established that turbine-related bat deaths are caused by sudden lethal changes in air pressure. People are still wondering why it is that birds collide with wind turbines.

It might be that they are confused by the apparently slower rotation of the blades nearer the hub and extrapolating from what they can see, they miscalculate their chances of flying safely through the space of rotor arc closer to the faster moving tips which may be speed-blurred to a state of reduced visibility for them.

Certainly nothing in nature moves the way turbine blades do, with the exception perhaps of a certain type of spider in Namibia that cart-wheels down sand dunes as a method of rapid transit!

Conventional evolutionary pressures will not have prepared birds for the range of motion or variation in perceived speed of turbine rotor blades.

If they equate the static turbine shafts with tree trunks and the blades as branches, they might expect to be able to fly through the gaps.

Biomass heating, air, ground and water source heat pumps, anaerobic digestion and solar thermal and solar voltaic panels may well be better renewable energy options for the environment. They’re kinder to the wildlife and easier on the eye.

Massive Bird Kill at West Virginia Wind Farm
Posted: 29 Oct 2011 08:22 AM PDT
With the deaths of nearly 500 birds at the Laurel Mountain wind facility earlier this month, three of the four wind farms operating in West Virginia have now experienced large bird fatality events, according to American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization.

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Urgent response to EDC planning office required – Stainmore AONB threatened again.

September 8, 2011

Responses have to be in before Tuesday 13th September. Please take a look at the attached pdf, the illustrative photo-montage is striking, the proposed development is just 360m away from the nearest non-associated home (that would not be allowed in some countries), is in an AONB, and in an area that affords some of the finest scenery from the A66 if my memory serves correctly. I saw a similar turbine off the A6 recently. It stuck out like a sore thumb. I venture to suggest that these would too.

Dear SOS supporters

I write to inform you that an application has been made to Eden District Council for 3 x 18 metre tubines at Bleathgill on Stainmore. Planning application 11/0622.

Details can be found at:

I do not believe that it is appropriate for SOS to object to this as an organisation as we were set up to fight the large-scale windfactory at Moudy Mea envisaged by Community Windpower. However I am writing to bring this application to your attention so that you have an opportunity to study it for yourselves and to object if you feel you wish to do so. Whether to object is obviously a matter of personal choice for all SOS members but as you care for the beautiful, wild, unspoilt countryside on Stainmore you certainly have a right to know that an application has been made.

I have objected personally (no mention of or link to SOS). My reasons are mainly that

1) The development is inappropriate within the AONB and against planning guidelines
2) This is not a domestic development but a small scale wind farm and the turbines are situated a long way from the farmstead involved
3) A precedent will be set if this is allowed which will allow further development within AONBs 3 tubines will quickly become 30 and Community Windpower may well return to Stainmore if this application is granted.
4) Visual impact
5) Noise – disturbing the area’s valuable tranquility
6) Recent precedent – one turbine proposed to serve a property was recently rejected by the Planning Inspectorate on appeal due mainly to the fact that it would cause “material harm to the landcape of the North Pennines AONB”.

Please read the application for yourself and see what you think. If you decide to comment you may email the planners on Give your name and address and quote application number 11/0622 Bleathgill Barras Stainmore

I am happy to answer any questions you may have and welcome comments.
Many thanks for your continued support and very best regards
Chairman SOS

Please Sign This New Government Petition On Social Justice And Renewable Energy

August 23, 2011

Here is a petition that would benefit from your attention, it concerns the consideration of  social justice in relation to the drive for renewable energy.

EPAW News: UNESCO Steps In To Protect Mont-Saint-Michel

June 28, 2011

EPAW News: UNESCO Steps In To Protect Mont-Saint-Michel
UNESCO says NO to windfarms in the World Heritage site of Mont-Saint-Michel
Press release – Paris, June 24, 2011

La Fédération Environnement Durable (FED) se félicite de la décision du Comité du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco qui le 23 juin 2011 a officiellement demandé à la France la suspension des projets de parcs éoliens, y compris ceux déjà approuvés, qui pourraient avoir un impact visuel sur la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel .

Pour sauver ce site emblématique la FED et  la plateforme européenne contre les éoliennes industrielles (EPAW),  avaient organisé le  26 septembre 2009 une marche internationale dans la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel, qui avait regroupé des citoyens de plus de 23 pays.

Depuis cette date avec la  Fédération régionale Basse Normandie Environnement (BNE)  elle a mené un combat sans répit  en faisant appel à l’opinion internationale  pour sauver le Mont-Saint-Michel  des 11 projets éoliens en cours qui le menacent. Elle  s’était révoltée  notamment contre  l’accord par les services de l’État d’un premier permis de construire d’un parc éolien à Argouges Manche.
Elle remercie l’Unesco et l’association Europa Nostra regroupant plus de 250  organisations non gouvernementales et dont les prises de position ont été sans ambigüité.
Elle prend acte de la  clairvoyance des  Sénateurs de la Commission de la Culture du Sénat  qui se sont rendus sur place et ont exprimé leur vive inquiétude de voir ce site déclassé du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco.

Jean-Louis Butré
Président Fédération Environnement Durable
+33 680 99 38 08

Contact presse
Hervé Texier
Président Basse Normandie Environnement (BNE) / Vice-président FED
+33 689 58 70 27

Communiqué de la FED

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