Such is the anguish of localism that the proposal for a solar farm on land believed to be the final resting place of horses that served this country in the First World War drew war veterans to protest at West Lancashire Borough Council Planning Committee.
Lightsource BP (BP holding 43% of the company) claims to be a “Global market leader in the development, acquisition and long-term management of large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions. Our projects generate competitively-priced, dependable, clean energy for businesses and communities”. Not to mention riding roughshod over the community of Lathom in West Lancashire as they help landowners to secure 30 years of predictable rental income all year round from solar farm developments.
In Lathom, West Lancashire, it seems that a very small scale solar project, providing a mere 30% of the needs of the European Technical Centre in partnership with NSG , whose shares are quoted only on the Japanese Stock Exchange, caused such a rumpus that what Lightsource BP declares as “some vocal opposition” was a genuine 400 strong petition of “all genuine residents” of Lathom.
Jobs would be created for local residents! although the aim was, apparently, in reality for the Labour WLBC to meet its obligation to support the development of green energy. And, true to form, WLBC stated that “some local residents supported the proposal” but didn’t, or perhaps couldn’t, quote how many.
One objector wrote “The effects of using solar panels are only beginning to be investigated. The technology is developed using several toxic substances, including gallium arsenide, copper-indium-gallium-diselenide, and cadmium-telluride. If these solar panels are damaged or disposed of improperly, it could pose a serious health risk for anyone near the site. Solar panels also contain cadmium, an identified carcinogen”, that was ignored by the majority vote.
Perhaps the last words on this sordid application and decision should be from a local resident as submitted to WLBC“Well I have just finished reading the Planning Officers committee report. Could she have consulted Lightsource on the best plan of action, it seems to me there are more of Lightsource’s words than any others. I can only assume the 720 community involvement leaflets are lying under a hedge somewhere as they never got anywhere near the Lathom Community! Could you point me in the direction of the “Special Circumstances” there are none on the work of fiction I have just read. It is now time for the Hares, the Bats, the Deer, the Owls, the Pink Footed Geese, to vacate the building as they have all had their marching orders. WELL DONE WEST LANCS PLANNING DEPT”.