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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Developers shed light on solar park scheme

ANGRY residents have banded together to try to stop plans for a solar panel park.

Homeowners in Bigrigg and Moor Row have had several meetings looking at the impact a new solar park will have.

The fields behind Bigrigg are the proposed site for tens of thousands of panels to create the first solar park in West Cumbria.

One concerned resident who lives at Moor Row will only be a 100m away from the corner of the site if plans go ahead.

He said: “We are not entitled to complain about the lack of a view, even though we will be able to see the solar panels from our garden and when we are downstairs.”

The homeowner, along with many other residents, is worried about the health and safety implications of constructing the new site.

Castillium is heading the project, and company representative, Andrew Blumfield, met with residents last week.

He said: “There will be 20 deliveries a day for six weeks.”

Residents think the roads which will be used are “totally unsuitable for trucks”.

The site, on Woodend Farm, is a former mine site and residents are worried about whether the land will be able to hold up.

Alistair Fell, Castillium’s director, said: “We have carried out a full mine assessment survey which included a geophysical assessment of the entire site and a report by a mining and subsidence expert, if we thought there was a risk we wouldn’t be proposing to spend the money required to build the site.”

Although the concerned resident added: “I don’t think the panels will sink but I’m not so sure about the trucks which will be driving across the fields. It will be a shame if plans are approved and we loose 18 hectares of greenbelt land.”

The national company has eliminated one field from the plans which have now been submitted to Copeland’s planning department.

Mr Fell, said: “We had underestimated the visibility of the site from certain locations due to the houses being on higher ground.

“We concluded that removal of the south-west field was an appropriate mitigation.”

If the plans get the go-ahead, it will now be for 41 acres instead of 50 and the development will generate energy to power more than 1,000 homes.

Have your say

re. A C Clark's comments:

Firstly, the land does not look spoiled - it looks like farmland, as the 'spoiling' is underground, from mineworkings.

Secondly, imagine you had spent a great deal of your earnings (from Sellafield, or wherever) on a nice house, with a nice view over this farmland. It would be a bit galling to have a scheme such as this both spoil your view and possibly devalue your property - meaning that even if you decided to sell up you wouldn't necessarily get the money back that you'd put into the property.

THAT is why people are opposed to this scheme.

Working at Sellafield or not, has NOTHING to do with it.

Posted by Sid Snot on 24 August 2014 at 16:19

The developers are wasting their time. The Moor Row louts will have the solar panels smashed a day after the work is complete. Everyone in the village know who the trouble makers are. So do the police.

Posted by Dalzell Dude on 22 August 2014 at 15:57

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