Banks Renewables, a company intending to build a three-turbine wind farm at Killington, in the Lake District, say that a survey of their own devising shows a majority of local residents support their wind farm proposal.
South Lakeland District Council will decide whether to grant planning permission in the next few months.
Banks has said it will deliver a community benefits fund to the area worth £675,000 over 25 years, and will create up to 50 jobs with £4m of contracts for local firms.
(Received from Killington residents, summarized by habitat21):
1. Few people have faith in surveys produced by companies promoting their own wind energy schemes.
2. Since when were financial bribes a permitted part of the planning process?
3. These jobs need checking out, because they have not materialised in other parts of the UK.
4. The three turbines will receive £225,000 each annually in Renewables Obligation subsidies. Over 25 years this comes to £16 million; twenty-five times the size of the benefits fund.
5. They will also get £150,000 per turbine per year for the electricity they produce, which comes to another £11 million; twenty times the size of the benefits fund.
6. You are paying for these subsidies, on every electricity bill and in tax.
7. The maintenance of the wind turbines is done by manufacturers' technicians, who fly in from abroad.
8. The wind farm will provide no decent jobs for local people.
9. We are worried about the effect on our landscape.
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