BRIDLINGTON Town Council has voted to become part of a ‘united front’ to deal with public concerns over wind farms.
At a lively meeting, held at the Community Resource Centre on Victoria Road last week, a number of people worried about wind farm developments surrounding Bridlington spoke out against the number of plans being submitted.
More than thirty members of the public crammed into the meeting, ensuring a healthy debate between councillors.
They agreed that the council would write to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, asking them to inform Bridlington Town Councillors of any wind farm developments close by - whether they fell in Bridlington’s boundaries or not.
Julia Hey, of No to Wolds Wind Farms, said: “We are concerned about the cumulative effect of all the wind farms in the area, which will affect the look of our coastline and countryside and affect tourism.
“We welcome the fact that Bridlington Town Council will now look at all proposals for wind farms that would add to the cumulative problem.
“We hope that a united front of town and parish councils will be able to support each other to deal with the problem in the future.”
Speaking at the meeting, George Hornsey of the Wolds Protection Group, told councillors about plans that had been submitted for a wind farm near Hunmanby, which fell on the boundary of East Riding of Yorkshire, and Scarborough Councils.
Due to protests from local people, these plans were rejected by Scarborough Council, but Mr Hornsey warned that the cumulative effect of proposed wind farms could leave Bridlington “horseshoed onto the coast” by wind turbines.
Mr Hornsey, along with other members of the public who spoke at the meeting, believe that protests against wind farms would have their voice strengthened if all local councils presented a unified front.
Councillors agreed that it would be beneficial to be notified, so Bridlington Town Council could make a decision to pass comment on plans, whether they were in Bridlington or not.
The council did not agree to oppose to plans for all test masts or wind turbines.
In recent years, there have been a large number of plans submitted - 11 at Fraisthorpe, 9 at Haisthorpe near Burton Agnes, 14 between Hunmanby and Burton Agnes, the test mast at Muntons Malt near Bempton - as well the 12 turbines already at Lissett and a further two to be built at Carnaby.
The volume of wind farm proposals has led members of the public to express their concern that turbines would dominate the skyline around the town.
Mayor Coun Cyril Marsburg said at the meeting: “I think it is important that we are kept informed of what is happening with regard to windfarms so we can decide whether we will oppose or support each set of plans.”
The town council has now written to East Riding of Yorkshire Council asking to be kept informed of any local plans for wind farms.
This will give them the opportunity to refer turbine applications, regardless of size, to the Eastern Area Planning Sub-Committee to ensure that all aspects are examined for this area in the hope of ensuring that Bridlington is not simply surrounded.