Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 14, 2016

Great Altcar Wind Farm Electricity Just Peanuts

Ex sailor Sam Currie samc, recently elected to the safe Aughton & Downholland ward, is no fool, apparently, because his chosen party mentors are Wally Westley and David O’Toole. He’s in good hands, well on his way to becoming a two hatter after being nominated for the Skelmersdale Central LCC Division elections in May 2017. As we all know, sneering Wally and fellow councillor O’Toole are adept in the dark arts of achieving election to multiple council allowances.

So it seems Currie is pleased by the refusal to build 12 giant wind turbines on Green Belt land in West Lancashire. After all, who would want to see 36.5m high turbines on farmland west of Cabin Lane in Great Altcar? It’s special, you see, this green belt land, far more special than Parrs Lane. The wind turbines would have been on site for 25 years, and would provide enough electricity to power 24,000 homes – while also reducing energy bills for local residents. Useful then? Well no, just peanuts! What? Enough electricity to power 24,000 homes while also reducing energy bills for local residents is peanuts?

The Planning Committee was treated to an example of O’Toolery at its finest as he backed the refusal “We are rather unique you know, we have one of the largest areas in the country Green Belt areas in the country and people don’t realise that. The thing that makes us unique is the Greenbelt. I can’t remember a time when seeing a report through with almost 117 pages in such detail and such a balanced report as well. The conclusion of the report is that the application should be refused this and as one of the three ward councillors I would like to run that refusal”. And O’Toole added “You’re talking about generating a very small amount of electricity which is peanuts” the-peanuts-movie-share.

In an email to the council a Coriolis Energy project manager reportedly said that currently West Lancashire produces only 5.8% of its overall electricity from renewable sources, but this proposal would increase that to 15%, which is the UK’s legally binding renewable energy target for 2020. Peanuts!

But it was the Labour West Lancashire Borough Council that decided against the plans on the grounds that development on the land would be inappropriate on Green Belt land while also causing harm to the historic setting of a number of local heritage sites. And, lest you forget, it was the Conservative West Lancashire Borough Council, sneering Wally and O’Toole included that voted in the means by which developers have found permission to build all over Parrs Lane, appeals pending of course!

So Currie is “Relieved and delighted that this application was finally refused and that residents in both West Lancashire and Sefton have been freed from the threat that has been hanging over them for the past couple of years. If it had been approved, then the massive wind farm [would] have had a horrendous impact on homes, farming, leisure activities and the abundant wildlife.

“This large area of greenbelt land is really special and fully deserves the considerable protection it is afforded by the West Lancashire Local Plan.

“Notwithstanding the very strong recommendation for refusal by the Borough planner, I was concerned when the application was deferred at the October’s Meeting by Labour who used their majority on the Planning Committee.

“I am glad that they saw sense and listen [ed] to the strong arguments put forward by my fellow Aughton and Downholland ward councillors, David Westley and David O’Toole” he added.


  1. Eh? Does he not realise there are no whips on planning? Though on second thoughts, what do they discuss in those group meetings beforehand, the ones that the council’s protocol on decision making specifically discourages.

    • Erm, what do rules or protocol matter to these people who are a law unto themselves? But if they are broken, Sherlock will surely find out and publish them.

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