Below we have created one scale chart and photo-montages of a turbine for the Public Park. Currently
the model type of turbine is unknown,the model type selected is a Kingspan KW6 which will be 87.1ft in total height.
Issues to Consider:
- Access roads will be required for the construction phase and continued maintenance of the turbine. Access will either be via the Public Park or by the Industrial Estate behind the Park
- Dense wooded area surrounds the proposed location. Trees disturb the free airflow for the turbine that will in turn, increase maintenance costs and reduce its power efficiency. To avoid this the area may need to be felled.
- Many homes are sitting directly next to the Public Park with open views of the Park and identified turbine location. These homes will have an adverse visual impact from the turbine. Latest studies also conclude that homes in sight of a turbine loses property values and in the UK there has also been many successful cases by residents to have their Council Tax band modified to a lower band rate due to the negative impact of wind turbines.
- The location is at the edge of a sports field, which is also used by youths and dog walkers. Turbines carry health & safety risks including;
- Ice throw, where ice forms on the blade and thrown distances when the blades are in rotation
- Turbine blade failure
- Turbine disintegration and tower collapses
- The cost of the Feed-In-Tariff subsidy scheme is loaded onto household energy bills indiscriminate of ability to pay. The more turbines are built, the higher energy bills will be, and for the fuel & food poor, this will push them into fuel debt and in worst case scenario, hypothermia related conditions, when they are unable to heat their homes when it is needed the most due to crippling fuel bills.
- The cost of processing the applications, appeals if application is refused, purchasing the turbines, maintaining the turbines will be paid for by the taxpayer at a time when Fife Council is trying to reduce £100 million from their budget.
In the UK there is an installed capacity of over 10Gw (10,000Mw) from Wind Power. Below is charts that highlight the efficiency of Wind Energy generation;
In 2012 this cost consumers a total of £1.2 billion which was added onto household energy bills, and does not include the hidden costs of taxpayers subsidising planning applications, which cost more to process, than developers pay in fees, nor does it include the taxpayer cost of paying for appeals when the appeal has been lost in favour of the developer.
Do you support a turbine at the Public Park?
- No (87%, 497 Votes)
- Yes (13%, 72 Votes)
Total Voters: 569