Wind turbine blade shears off
Published at 10:40, Monday, 16 December 2013
A BLADE that flew off a wind turbine into a field earmarked for development could have killed someone, says a Copeland councillor.
The high winds were so strong last Thursday that an arm of the turbine at Seascale School flew off and landed 200 yards away in a field.
Concerned councillor David Moore said it was “potentially harmful” particularly as outline permission was granted six weeks ago by Copeland Council for 14 houses to be built on the site where the blade landed.
He said Seascale Parish Council and residents objected to the plans because the wind turbine is so close to the proposed housing development. But Copeland’s planning panel said there was no evidence the turbine was unsafe.
Coun Moore told The Whitehaven News this week: “The fact of the matter is there was no evidence then that they are unsafe. Now we know in extreme circumstances this can happen. If it’s happened before, it could happen again. This is the first time I have ever heard of a turbine blade flying off. It landed some 200 yards away and about 20 yards away from the road. The potential for harm is great,” he said.
He said fortunately on this occasion the two horses that graze on the land had stood close to the turbine for shelter and were unharmed.
Coun Moore raised his concerns at last week’s full council meeting, saying: “Members need to be aware that this circumstance has arisen. It’s happened here and it could have cost lives.”
Gillian Hartley, headteacher at Seascale Primary School, said the turbines are designed to work in high winds but last week’s weather was exceptional.
Mrs Hartley said: “It was extreme circumstances. Once the turbine is fixed it will be perfectly safe. The maintenance company don’t envisage it happening again.”
The turbine has been switched off because it cannot work with two blades and a maintenance company is going to the school next week to see how it can be repaired.
Mrs Hartley added that four staff cars were damaged by debris in last week’s storms, not related to the wind turbine damage.
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Not everyone that objects to Wind Farms is anti Renewable Energy in its various forms. Wind Turbines are contentious because peoples lives are daily being blighted by their presence. Something denied by the DECC, Consents Units and Planners. It is these denials and the fact that until very recently politicians at every level simply would not listen to any argument on any level that questioned onshore and offshore wind. Logically something changed because if Wind Farms matched the claimed performance in Planning Applications and that the necessary infrastructure had been planned and developed in tandem then their would Be no talk of the lights going out. The lack of infrastructure in turn affects the Economics and on cost paying for something available but undeliverable all at a cost to the consumer. In truth it is the economics that politicians fear with justification. In the name of 'Green Energy' wind turbines are 'Blood Red' in economic on cost with subsidies, profits, constraint payments and refurbishment costs blowing on the wind to foreign turbine manufacturers, owners and investors. As for jobs, consider how many have been created across Europe against what exists here. We are picking up peanuts economically and in jobs, ignoring all the other issues affecting individuals, communities and rural countryside for minimal return.
Councillor David Moore says "This is the first time I have ever heard of a turbine blade flying off"....do some research man!
Gillian Hartley, head teacher says " âIt was extreme circumstances. Once the turbine is fixed it will be perfectly safe. The maintenance company donât envisage it happening again.â....until the next 'extreme circumstance'...and hopefully when it does happen, the blade won't land in the same place, where the 14 houses are to be built!!!!!
Ron C...the prejudice against wind turbines is totally justified. They are the scam of the century. David...wind was used as a power source centuries ago. Lets move on to something that works for todays needs.
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