It certainly makes you think, doesn’t it, when this is the same wind turbine that we are faced with having two of at Syrior, near Llandrillo? Only, in our case, they would be 46m (150ft) high, which could possibly increase the range of pieces flying from them if such a similar collapse occurred.
As stated in Syrior’s planning application the turbines would be Endurance E-3120 50kW wind turbines – the same as mentioned in the caption beneath this image and in the accompanying Daily Telegraph piece.
What needs to be kept in mind is that the nearest home not connected with the scheme is a mere 600m from the turbines, which is considerably closer than the guidelines currently being proposed by Anglesey’s councillors. In fact, for turbines of this height, they are suggesting 920m or over half a mile away. After an accident like this, you can certainly see why! There is also a bridleway which is only 60m from the proposed turbines, and a footpath just 450m away.
As some of the comments beneath The Telegraph article state, this turbine collapsed less than 3 years after construction, within its 5 year warranty, and yet we are commonly told that wind turbines have a 25 year expectancy!
As Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, stated, the turbine simply could not cope with the wind. “The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face,” she said. “There are concerns about safety.”
Strange that so many people appear to support an energy technology based on wind that cannot cope with…….wind! However, there is a great deal of OUR cash on offer to money grubbing-landowners and so called wind ‘energy’ companies who exist to harvest money from our ever increasing energy bills.
The Syrior application comes before Denbighshire County Council’s Planning committee on Wednesday, February 20. You can still object to this application by contacting your local councillor. Contact details of all members of the Planning committee, including telephone, email and postal addresses, can be found on this link https://moderngov.denbighshire.gov.uk/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=183&LLL=0
Please let your voice be heard. If you keep quiet, then it could signal the end of the tranquillity and unspoilt landscape that we currently take for granted in the Upper Dee Valley area.