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Newsletter Update: 10-06-14

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June 2014 Waterston Manor Open Day

What a magnificent day we had. All the effort and hard work put in by so many really did pay off. The number of people attending was well over 1000. Thank you to everyone who contributed in anyway.

A special Thank You must be said to Katharine Butler for the loan of her beautiful garden.

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We met many supporters of our cause and were able to recruit new members from those who visited the excellently presented displays. I would ask all new members to write in a letter of objection unless you filled in the CPRE pro forma letter on the day.

Some local people are still unaware of the size and scale of the proposed development. This shows we still have a job to do getting our message across. It is not a time to rest on our laurels.

The press were very interested once more especially as the celebrity Francis Boulle came out in support of our campaign. I am told he has 300,000 tweet recipients, so the message has gone national even international?

We have managed to reach a figure of £12,000 will cover all our commitments for the present stage of the proceedings.

In future there will continue to be smaller fundraising events to engage villagers.

WOW! Waterston Open Day WOW!

Another resounding success from a PR and financial point of view.

Over 1200 people attended the event and were not let down by the weather or the quality of presentations. Thank you to anyone who helped in anyway (too numerous to mention). I know I had a little moan but everyone played their part in making this a huge success and a great day out for our community. Thank you once again.

Taint’s coffers have been replenished and we are again ready to fight this 2nd application all of the way and see off the money men from North Wales; who seek to destroy our countryside and sidle off to count the profit in their lovely part of the country. I say this because I asked Mr Steve “Soundbite” Salt if there were any turbines within 1Km of his house. You’ve guessed it, I am still awaiting a reply from him!

We are now on an even more secure financial footing to be able to deal with the next stage of the process i.e. rebutting the proposal placed before the council. Anyone who has seen the new application will think

“Well apart from the number of turbines and lopping off 10m what’s different?”

It is of the same poor quality as the previous one and still contains some of the heavily criticised material. WDDC would do well to reject it out of hand and save time and money. Although with WCE having missed the deadline for re-submission I suppose the council will have to spend some of the extra £34 000 which it has cost WCE to re-submit.

The professional consultants engaged by Taint are top notch and are already examining the documents with a fine tooth comb. This is the purpose of the fund raising from the Waterston event. Our battle hardened and very experienced consultants will provide the compelling evidence needed to finally make everyone else see what folly it is to propose a wind farm of this size in such a position.

From a tired but Jubilant committee “Thanks” once again.


WEST COAST ENERGY Latest News 04-06-14

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Made in Chelsea star returns to Dorset for windfarm campaign: Read More Here

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In August of 2012, West Dorset was hit by the revelation that West Coast Energy, a company based in N. Wales was proposing to impose 10 (now reduced to 9) giant wind turbines upon Hardy’s much written about landscape. Immediately, a group of locals from the affected villages got together to form an opposition group named TAINT (Tolpuddle Against INdusrial Turbines) With support from all the local MP’s the campaign has gone from strength to strength. At present we have 400 registered members who are opposed to this particular development. An application followed in January of 2013 which outlined the siting of 9 turbines 126.5m tall, along the ridge running E-W between Bere Regis and Puddletown. There are 1168 comments on West Dorset’s website with all but a handful objecting to this proposal mainly siting “Too Big, Too Many and Too Close to communities”.

UPDATE 10-6-14: This was severely criticised by consultants engaged by West Dorset District Council WDDC. WCE withdrew their proposal in Oct 2013 and have now re-submitted a revised application involving 5 turbines at a minimally reduced height of 115m.

Objections and negative comments, about the new proposal, are already appearing on WDDC’s planning website. Planning App No. WD/D/14/000885

It is expected that there will be many more objections than last time as people are more aware and are concerned not only about the visual impact upon the landscape and cultural heritage but also a growing cumulative effect as two areas close by are now under a similar threat creating an industrial energy corridor in the heart of Dorset.

Map of the revised 5 turbine locations

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See the Visible Distances of these turbines – HERE

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Wind turbines visible distances. Click to see download PDF version 11 Mb PDF Download

separator image - graphic This giant wind farm will be bounded by Areas of Outstanding Beauty on all sides and placed on some of the highest points in the whole of Dorset.  Consequently, the structures will be on view for up to 35 km as far away as Bournemouth, Isle of Purbeck and Portland as well as many places in between. The massive wind turbines will also be visible from a host of listed buildings, parks and gardens that are the jewels set within the crown of the stunning unspoilt countryside of Dorset and its wider surroundings; many parts of the county will have the wind turbines as a backdrop for the proposed 25 years. The visual impact on this part the Dorset will be colossal; once it becomes ‘damaged goods’ the precedent will be set, most likely prompting wind farm developers to descend on other areas. In a rush to appear ‘green’ councils throughout the country are being bombarded with applications. Another proposal is being mooted for the Charminster area, north of Dorchester, as developers rush to reap millions in government subsidies before the folly is realised and the gravy train is derailed. The rest of the TAINT website contains a wealth of broader information including videos, slide shows and articles, plus the very latest relevant news in the media; please take the time to wander around and visit regularly for updates. You may wish to become a member of TAINT, a simple process which is free, details below. separator image - graphic

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