29th November 2010
A small announcement on page 3 of Hackney Today (the Council's newspaper) stated: "A wind turbine planned for Hackney Marshes will now not go ahead due to the difficult financial climate."
Hackney Marshes User Group (HMUG) and its members
have commented on the proposal to construct a wind turbine on East Marsh
and have researched the potentially harmful impacts it would have on
the wildlife there - particularly on bats and
To find out more, see the following links to
the HMUG website:
about the public consultation
of the impact on wildlife
ODA and Hackney 2012 at Hackney Town
Hall, 16th March 2010
HMUG received minutes of
this meeting, together with the
promised review of the bat assessment on 10th May.
Minutes of the meeting.
Constraints on position of turbine (see minutes)
A plan provided identifies the
following constraints: orange = power cables; purple = BT microwave
utilities; dotted circles = distance from residential properties and
proximity restriction for having two turbines (one at East Marsh and one
at Eton Manor); dotted purple = tree line offset established by Natural
England guidance; also need to consider distance from main road which
is based on the height of the turbine. This limits the potential
locations for the turbine to the northern part of the East Marsh.
Plan of constraints.
Because of the file size of the review of the bat assessment, we have requested that either LB Hackney or
the ODA should post the file on their website and
provide a link to it. Once this has been achieved, we will post the link
Attendees at the meeting were:
Darren Crouch, Steve Dowding, Sarah Halpin, David Rees, Derek, Mike Trier
LBH: Charlie Forman, Charlotte Fitzgerald, Louis High, Kate Mitchell, Will Teasdale
ODA: Ruari Maybank, Paul Hannan
Consultants: Gary Grant (Independent Consultant Ecologist - covering bird surveys), Ian Guest (Buro Happold - covering points about turbine operation/shadow flicker), John Newton (Ecology Consultancy - covering bat surveys)
Background to the meeting:
Hackney Marshes User Group
meeting with Hackney 2012 in order to glean more factual information
about the proposed wind turbine, in particular about possible wildlife
The detailed arrangements from the ODA and
Hackney 2012 came very late. It was not the intention to keep this
matter to HMUG, but it was the most we could do to field about
half-a-dozen people to attend. However this was enough to make sure we
put some pointed questions; and as it was not a consultation with the
prime intention of guaging opinion, a large turnout would not have
necessarily been advantageous to anyone.
Turbiners put out a comprehensive group of experts across the field and
we examined in greater depth the reports (such as they are) which stand
behind the scheme in its current form. We also got a little more
technical information about the turbine, touching on its likely actual
contribution to the Grid. The same questions - and others - must be
asked repeatedly throughout the process, because the project will come
back in more developed form.
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