Protest walk planned against Rooley Moor wind farm
build a wind farm in the area.
The walk, which will take place on Sunday 25 May, has been organised by the Friends of Rooley Moor Road hoping to show Coronation Power the strength of their opposition to the planned wind farm.
Graham Wright, from the friends group said: “We just want to say enough is enough really. We have enough wind farms in the area as it is.”
Walkers will set off from two different points on the day of the protest. People planning to set off from the Rochdale side should meet at Catley Lane Head at 10:30am. Those setting off from Rossendale will meet at the bottom of Cowpe Road at 9:30am with both groups meeting in the middle by the ruins of the Moorcock Pub at approximately noon.
“We have had a lot of support from people regarding the walk. For example, a number of pony groups have said that they will get involved. Ponies don’t like turbines so by installing this wind farm, riders wont be able to use the road” added Graham.
Bosses at Coronation Power could be planning to tear up the historic route and replace it with an access road to be used by vehicles working on the wind farm site.
The road is part of the Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Towneley Loop and is regularly used horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers from both Rochdale and Rossendale.
Graham added: “We have had information from Coronation Power stating that they are looking to protect the road but we are still worried about what will happen to it when heavy vehicles are driving over it.”
A spokesperson for Coronation Power said: “Coronation are aware of the walk against the plans, and has had dialogue with some of the people who are involved in the walk.
"Coronation has said that it is looking at various options to protect the Road and it is also looking at options to help the horseriding community, for example improvements to the existing bridleways, and perhaps the creation of new ones.
"These and many other issues will be addressed in the environmental statement that will accompany the planning applications to Rochdale and Rossendale Councils.
“One issue that concerns some people is traffic movements: please be assured that the main traffic movements will be when the wind farm is being built (traffic will be carefully and safely managed to minimise disturbance and local inconvenience). Once built and operational, vehicle traffic to and from the farm will though be minimal – a handful of movements per month. More detail on traffic will be in the environmental statement.”
The wind farm proposal at Rooley Moor was recently downsized from 17 turbines to 12 turbines after a public consultation.
The aristocrats cashing in on Britain's wind farm subsidies
Growing numbers of the nobility are being tempted to build giant wind farms on their estates by the promise of tens of millions of pounds being offered green energy developers.
However, supporters say a network of wind farms will guarantee Britain cheap, sustainable energy in the future.
The turbines being hosted by the landed gentry are almost always many miles from the aristocrats' own homes. The Duke of Gloucester, who lives in an apartment in Kensington Palace in London, is hoping to build a wind farm 85 miles away on his ancestral estate in Northamptonshire, which he moved out of in 1994. Each turbine could earn the Duke, who is the Queen's cousin, up to £20,000 a year and possibly much more.
It comes as Sir Reginald Sheffield, David Cameron's father-in-law, whose baronetcy was created in the mid 18th century, admitted last week he earns as much as £350,000 a year from eight turbines on his estate at Bagmoor in Lincolnshire.
In a letter last week to the Spectator magazine, Sir Reginald protested that he did not own the turbines on Bagmoor farm and that his estate received only a "modest income" amounting to "less than one tenth" of £3.5 million.
Calculations by an energy think tank suggested Sir Reginald could be receiving about £120,000.
The Duke of Roxburghe has angered locals – including the neighbouring Duke of Northumberland – after winning a lengthy planning and legal battle to build 48 turbines, each about 400ft high, on unspoilt moorland in the Scottish borders.
Construction work began about two months ago with the building of a road 10 miles long through previously pristine countryside to reach the wind farm site.
The Duke, who is worth about £100 million, will reportedly earn as much as £2.5 million a year from the deal although a spokesman, who declined to discuss the actual amount, said that figure was not accurate.
One industry expert said a more realistic figure was in the order of £720,000 a year.
In the course of the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm at Fallago Rig that could net the Duke anywhere between £18 million and £62.5 million.
The details of the deal struck with an energy company remain confidential although The Sunday Telegraph understands the Duke's earnings are performance related – in other words the more the wind blows the more money he will make.
One industry expert estimated Fallago Rig could generate about £875 million income over the next quarter of a century for the Duke and his commercial partner North British Windpower.
Half that sum is in the form of a consumer subsidy, introduced by the last Labour government to encourage renewable energy projects, and which is added on to household electricity bills.
The turbines will not be visible from Floors Castle, the Duke's ancestral home about 25 miles away.
The Duke of Beaufort, who is worth £120 million, is trying to build 19 turbines on land near Swansea – about 100 miles from his family seat at Badminton House in Gloucestershire.
The turbines could generate around £285,000 for the Somerset Trust, which runs his estate. A spokesman last week insisted the Duke of Beaufort would not gain personally from the wind farm.
Meanwhile Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, is planning 13 turbines on his Althorp estate, each of which will be more than 410ft high.
The Earl of Seafield, who owns over 100,000 acres making him Britain's seventh largest landowner, has eight turbines on his land in Banffshire generating rental income in the region of £120,000 while the Earl of Moray receives, according to one industry expert, in excess of half a million pounds a year from 36 turbines near Stirling in Scotland.
Jeremy Dearden, the Lord of the Manor of Rochdale, a title that once belonged to Lord Byron, was given permission earlier this year for five turbines to be built on Todmorden Moor in Lancashire. Mr Dearden, who lives in New Zealand where he has a farm, stands to earn in the region of £75,000.
A spokesman for Coronation Power, the energy company which rents Mr Dearden's land, said: "When the wind farm enters operation, we will pay the landowner an annual land rental fee based on a percentage of total revenue generated by the wind farm. This figure is based on industry standard fees."
Dr John Constable, director of the Renewable Energy Foundation, a think tank critical of the subsidies for onshore wind farms, and who calculated wind farm income for The Sunday Telegraph, said: "Many of these landowners must know, deep down, that the subsidies are a national scandal, but easy money on this scale would tempt a saint."
Sir Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trust but speaking in a personal capacity, said: "The level of subsidy available to landowners to put up these turbines is out of all proportion to the public benefit derived from them and the temptation to ruin what is usually outstanding landscapes is overwhelming. It is a crime against the landscape."
According to local opposition groups, the Duke of Gloucester made farmland close to Barnwell Manor, his former home in Northamptonshire, available to the highest bidder, entering into an agreement with West Coast Energy, a company based in north Wales.
West Coast Energy failed to return calls last week while Buckingham Palace, which handles media inquiries for the Duke, said it was a matter for West Coast Energy.
Peter Stephens, 74, a retired engineer fighting the development, said: "The Duke lives in Kensington Palace and doesn't care if it's spoiling our view. These turbines will be in the wrong place. This has been a completely unchanged vista since the 16th century and he wants to ruin it."
John Elliot, Barnwell's estate manager, rejected claims that the Duke is absent from the site. Mr Elliot said: "He turns up regularly to the estate. He is a very proactive landowner."
The landowners point out that wind turbines not only help to reduce carbon emissions but also benefit the local community while helping to maintain expensive, centuries-old estates.
Sir Alastair Gordon-Cumming, a seventh baronet, who runs the Altyre estate near Inverness, who has been given planning consent for 29 turbines on his land, said the wind farm was the "most exciting thing to happen to the estate" for more than 70 years.
According to industry experts, the wind farm will generate income of about £18.5 million a year, half of it as subsidy. A spokeswoman for the Altyre estate refused to say how much money the estate would receive from the deal but industry experts estimate earnings of more than £400,000 a year, based on a going rate of £15,000 rental income per turbine.
The spokeswoman added: "This wind farm will be built on a huge swathe of hill land which is otherwise redundant, has no value, no income potential, and suddenly by being able to put a wind farm on it ... that will enable him to sustain and maintain the estate for the benefit of the wider community."
NWN: The Lord of the Manor of Rochdale is called Dearden and who not only lives in New Zealand but he says he has no plans to ever come back to the UK. But the said Mr Dearden says he likes the idea of cash from these parasitical big businesses. NWN says .................Fuck em !
Let's look after the ordinary white working classes of the UK.
It is these upper class bastards that have helped to bring in the Worlds dross and rubbish for cheap labour.