HGV fears dog Little Chalfield solar farm plan

HGV fears dog Little Chalfield solar farm plan

HGV fears dog Little Chalfield solar farm plan

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The future of a proposed solar farm at Little Chalfield continues to hang in the balance, as councillors decided to conduct a site visit to check on access issues before any decision is made.

HGV access to the site, west of Ganbrook Farm, was at the forefront of Wiltshire Council’s western area planning meeting in Trowbridge.

Concerns were initially raised by Broughton Gifford resident Tony Cooper on how the access lanes and surrounding areas will be affected by the vehicles.

Mr Cooper said: “Domestic vehicles have to negotiate one another, so how HGVs are going to do it, I do not know.”

He warned that the country lanes were not designed for HGV usage and “will get broken down”.

This was also echoed by Mitch Roberts, clerk of Atworth Parish Council, and by Wiltshire councillor Terry Chivers, who represents Melksham Without North.

Coun Ernie Clark (Hilperton) called for Coun Chivers to accept the amendment for a site visit, with six members in favour and four against.

Yesterday’s meeting also gave opposition and those in support of the proposal the opportunity to express their views to the committee.

Little Chalfield resident Sarah Morely said: “People within the community feel very strongly their local landscape is under serious threat.”

But resident Antony Fuller said the plans would “present an important diversification”.

Wiltshire Council planning officer Alison Hall emphasised that the solar farm, planned by developers Sun Edison and Solar Planning Limited, would not have a cumulative impact.

However, opposition stressed that if approved, there will be 15 solar farms within five miles of Melksham, seven of which will be within three miles of Little Chalfield.

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11:52pm Fri 5 Sep 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

You've a choice - pay £6 a litre for eco petrol or £1.28 a liter for actual petrol....

These items are NO MORE AND NO LESS THAN SUBSIDY TOTEMS and what piddling amount of electricity they provide can't be guaranteed except for that it's produced at the wrong time.

About time solar subsidy went south and people were paid the going rate for producing electricity when people need / want it.

Want to save the planet? - these would be at least 4 times as effective in equatorial Africa. It's not about the planet is it ? - >>> it's about stealing taxpayer's money and that's all.
You've a choice - pay £6 a litre for eco petrol or £1.28 a liter for actual petrol.... These items are NO MORE AND NO LESS THAN SUBSIDY TOTEMS and what piddling amount of electricity they provide can't be guaranteed except for that it's produced at the wrong time. About time solar subsidy went south and people were paid the going rate for producing electricity when people need / want it. Want to save the planet? - these would be at least 4 times as effective in equatorial Africa. It's not about the planet is it ? - >>> it's about stealing taxpayer's money and that's all. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 7

12:21pm Sat 6 Sep 14

mighty mac says...

it will be fine for all those hgv's. plenty of room down those wide lanes.terry chivers does not know what he's on about!!
it will be fine for all those hgv's. plenty of room down those wide lanes.terry chivers does not know what he's on about!! mighty mac
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Sat 6 Sep 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

mighty mac wrote:
it will be fine for all those hgv's. plenty of room down those wide lanes.terry chivers does not know what he's on about!!
Who'll notice a truck or two a day for a couple of weeks? - nobody....

Renewables as promoted by Greenies (and idiot pols) are BS - they seem not to have heard there are other things apart from worthless windmills and pricey photovoltaics that save *more* energy and don't require subsidy...
[quote][p][bold]mighty mac[/bold] wrote: it will be fine for all those hgv's. plenty of room down those wide lanes.terry chivers does not know what he's on about!![/p][/quote]Who'll notice a truck or two a day for a couple of weeks? - nobody.... Renewables as promoted by Greenies (and idiot pols) are BS - they seem not to have heard there are other things apart from worthless windmills and pricey photovoltaics that save *more* energy and don't require subsidy... moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 5

8:26pm Sun 7 Sep 14

AuntieNimby says...

Nimby Nimby Nimby Nimby Nimby nothing more to say.
Nimby Nimby Nimby Nimby Nimby nothing more to say. AuntieNimby
  • Score: -8

10:11pm Wed 17 Sep 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

Where's all the comments gone eh?
Where's all the comments gone eh? moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 0

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