Oct 17 2013 by Tom Duffy, Ormskirk Advertiser
Scarisbrick residents raise objections to wind turbine proposal
A PLAN to build two wind turbines of up to 121ft high at Scarisbrick Marina has been criticised by residents and business representatives.
The proposed turbines, which will dwarf the tower at Scarisbrick Hall, will have rotatating 120ft blades.
The two free standing wind turbines, which will be built in the south west of the greenbelt development, will provide electricity to the £2m site.
The application has been submitted by Alan Mawdsley, who owns the marina off Southport Road.
The proposal document by agents Graham Anthony Associates states that the turbines will be 350 metres from the nearest houses.
It reads: “The application site is a well-established leisure facility, whereby the owners are seeking to tap into the wind energy technology, in order to provide them with sufficient power to supply to clients using the marina. This, therefore, contributes to sustainable development, whilst also providing a valuable contribution to the Government’s targets in respect of renewable energy.”
The application has attracted criticism from the nearby caravan park, and residents.
Jason Tyler, chairman to the committee at Northway Caravan Park, submitted a letter which stated: “Relative to most caravan parks, this is a quiet site. We state that we enjoy unrestricted views of the marina and surrounding area. This is the major draw to our site and is what our members take pleasure in.
“Therefore, two wind turbines with a column height of 75ft and three blades spanning 120 feet, directly in our eye-line, will impact greatly on the visual aesthetic of our site. The proposed turbines will be a defining feature in the area and seen from a great distance.”
A letter from Mr and Mrs D I Brown states: “The proposed turbine site is less than 400 metres from the Scarisbrick canal bridge (Red Lion bridge) and adjacent to two conservation areas, and due to the scale and siting of the proposed turbines any such plans would, without question, harm the character and appearance of the locality and setting of both Pinfold and Scarisbrick Park conservation areas to the detriment of the setting.”
Mary Molyneaux wrote: “The green energy which may, or not, be achieved by these structures would be eclipsed on our countryside.
“And the rotating blades would definitely be a distraction to motorists.”
The application is being considered by the council.