We have updated the Photo Montage to reflect the turbine model that has been identified for the Public Park turbine. We have also changed the scale chart to use the scale charts that were submitted to Fife Council by Phenix Energy after criticism from a local councillor (update will be provided). The scale charts were obtained via a Freedom of Information Request

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.

Photo Montage & Scale Chart
Photo Montage & Scale Chart
Phenix Energy - Scale Chart
Phenix Energy – Scale Chart

Issues to Consider:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Impact on bird and bat populations
  6. Audible noise pollution impacts
  7. Small substation will be required to be built. Connecting to the grid or facility will require underground cabling.

Economics:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Energy Efficiency

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;

Wind Energy Output vs UK Demand
Wind Energy Output vs UK Demand

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

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19 Comments

  1. derek johnstone

    October 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Tell Fife Council to G.T.F with idiotic ideas. Lochgelly is turning into a dumping ground for all their incompetent plans.We already have that ghastly view overlooking Mossmorran to live with. FifeCouncilaremuppets.com

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  2. bella

    October 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    i am in faver off wind turbines but not in public park

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    • Gavin Douglas

      October 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      There is absolutely no reason to be in favour of windy turbines unless you are lining your pocket. They are an expensive un-green environmental disaster. They are totally inefficient and have a massive carbon footprint. And at the end of their short life they will need to go to landfill as you cannot recycle them.

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  3. B Mused

    October 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Shocking, I live across from the park and this will be seen every day I walk out my door. I have great scenery already. Junkies, wheelie bins, dog shit, drunk teenagers, mass brawls so why not. Lochgelly the Happy Lands??? My arse !!!!

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  4. Jenny L.

    October 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    No to both turbines, it is bad enough we are slowly being surrounded by them, without bringing them into the town! Don’t you think we are already carrying our share of the burden, the top end of Lochgelly has been ruined with Mossmorran and the wind farm, as well as the dual carriageway dividing the town from its Loch. The noise level up this end of the town is way above what is comfortable to live with. And lets not forget that more turbines have been approved for to join on to Little Raith at either side. Some of your planning decisions has already ruined this once thriving little town. How come you never seem to target the ‘nicer Fife towns, is Lochgelly your dumping ground? Before you start planting these industrial structures within the towns and our schools and parks, I suggest you do your research and look at the dangers they pose, they are industrial generators all with extremely large moving blades, infra-sound & low-frequency waves does affect people’s health, turbine blades do kill birds and bats. The park is ours, for our children and our leisure, build your turbines and access roads elsewhere!

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  5. idiots

    October 4, 2013 at 8:15 am

    whose daft idea is this? lets just dump in Lochgelly. hers another idea cut down the tree at the cross and plant a turbyne. make ecerybo0dy in the toon suffer

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  6. Bella R.

    October 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    So Fife Council are planning to rake in the money from all the subsidies we pay for the great wind turbine scam. Keeping in mind we pay the vast subsidies by a stealth tax paid for through our fuel bills, leaving a fair proportion of us in fuel poverty. And to add insult to injury, they intend to dig up our parks and school playgrounds to house these industrial turbines! If you do have to cash in on our fuel poverty and prey on the little pieces of land left to our communities, at least go and do it on some industrial site, or why not target Rothes House, your own headquarters.

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  7. Cynical Jock

    October 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    vote labour for a moratorium and get turbines in the toon. What a shower. Wha’s left to vote as all the parties want to plunder the taxpayer

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  8. Alec

    October 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    The problem is that the windmills are the modern equivalent of the Corn Laws, designed to make the landowners and the Mafia rich at the expense of the poor. To do this, they hijacked the Grid.

    The solution is to decentralise that 15 GW power generation to domestic and commercial CHP by fuel cells thereby keeping the heat in buildings. This will save 35% fossil fuel compared with windmills + CCGT standby. Use the fuel cells as standby, plus solar cells, and the economics become much more interesting.

    In short, the eco-fscists have shot themselves in the foot by excluding professional engineers. Time for these people to take over and eject the incompetents from power, pun intended.

    PS The STOR programme, designed to keep the lights on with 15 GW nameplate windmill capacity would, if executed, increase for that 15 GW power fossil fuel use by 80% and CO2 emissions by 150% compared with no windmills and CCGTs operating at optimum efficiency.

    PPS there can be no significant CO2-AGW: the IPCC got it very wrong.

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  9. Teresa

    October 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    How can Fife Council even contemplate digging up our parks and school grounds to erect turbines. Will they have to fence the area off to insure the safety of the schoolchildren or the kids playing in the park? By the time they erect the turbines and build the access roads, this means they are actually taking away land from the park and school playing fields, filling them with tons of concrete and building an industrial structure – in OUR park and school! Concreting over our leisure parks and our children’s school grounds, nothing but a land-grab, terrible way for the council to make money!

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    • Gavin Douglas

      October 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      The safety zone from flying blades when they break will need to be at least 2km.

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  10. David

    October 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    You pay road tax and look how wonderful the roads are, just think how wonderful the climate will be be when you pay this turbine tax. Praise be to our glorious leaders.

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  11. Lochgellian

    October 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Are there any laws to protect our public parks from the infiltration of money-makers building industrial structures on them? I always thought that the councils were only guardians of our land, I didn’t realise that they could take our land away from us to make themselves money at our expense. Can they really justify stealing land from children? Each acre removed in one way or another, is one less place for our children to play or for us adults to enjoy.

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  12. catherine

    October 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I think Lochgelly has enough turbines with the seven we have at the other side of the A92, sorry don’t want any more

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  13. ross

    October 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    can’t get my head around the lunacy of building these eyesores in our parks and school playgrounds! Haven’t the councillors done any research on the negative impact of these things, and the health & safety of potential accidents. Am really angry at them going up in our kids areas, our parks, I for one will not be voting for anyone who pushes this idiotic idea forward! Pity the voting system is broken and they still manage to squeeze through the doors no matter how low the votes, sick of the lot of them! Destroying our town!

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  14. Tam

    October 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I’m assuming this will all be paid by the taxpayer?

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  15. Ivor Ward

    October 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Why worry about a few kids killed by flying blocks of ice, plenty more where they come from. So what if it falls over and crushes a few more, or the blades fly off as happened in a school down south. Be much quieter with fewer kids around. Well, apart from the swishing and drumming and whine coming from the turbine itself. A few birds get zapped, what’s a few more here and there. Cut down Carbon consuming trees to build a metal monster to save the carbon that the trees would have saved, Nothing illogical about that. Go for it I say!!!!

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  16. MACBOB

    October 10, 2013 at 12:26 am

    It might prove to be a cash cow to Fife Council but the damage and upset it will cause to local people, who are solidly against an industrial turbine in their park, together with the visual damage, will result in distress and upset to the customers of the council. So ask yourselves why do this, it is in no ones interest to have a community divided from its council. The voters can only get retribution at the next election of the councillors…and they will.

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  17. PaulW

    October 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The scum pushing windmills and the green scam have no interest in the well being of anyone – young or old – who cannot afford to pay the inflated prices that result.

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