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Chairwoman: Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. 0422 885173
Vice Chairman:John Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
Secretary: Michael Farrell, 41, Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 370154
Treasurer: Peter Jackson, 8 Chelburn View, Littleborough. Tel. 373112
Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 370542
Minutes Secretary: Chris Wilkinson, 3, Fair View, Littleborough. 374020
Dan Docker, 93 Church Street, Littleborough. Tel. 372001
David Hall, 6 Nelson Street, Littleborough.
Don Pickis, Lightowlers. 378849.
Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 378849.
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Rae Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711
Please pass on any suggestions that you have about the Trust and its work to any of the above.
In 1989 I fully supported the development of wind energy and welcomed the Government's policy of increasing subsidies for the industry. Clean and Free... Better than Nuclear... etc..... JUST HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE ???
In our immediate area we now have large Turbine developments at Ovenden Moor by Halifax and at Cliviger, near Todmorden. Experience from these and other developments across the country is showing that the impact and cost of these Turbines is far greater than anticipated and the beneﬁts are far less than those expected by the general public.
Please read the enclosed leaﬂet for details.
The South Pennines area does not have the protection of the National Parks to the north and south of us and we have been targeted for wind turbine development.
There are now 29 DIFFERENT SITES registered for Turbine development across Bradford, Burnley, Calderdale, Craven, Kirklees and Rochdale. (Proposals are for between 1 and 44 Turbines at each site) - these are the sites of which we are aware.
Remember, the output from wind energy is so minimal that in order to replace just one Ferry Bridge Power Station, we would need 200 Turbine sites, each one the size of Ovenden Moor with its 23 Turbines.
The extreme environmental and ﬁnancial costs and the derisory beneﬁts of wind energy are gradually being recognised. This is not a party political issue. MP's, Euro MP's and Councillors of all political persuasions across the South Pennines are now objecting to these proposals. Bradford, Oldham and Calderdale have brought out new planning guidelines. Last month Bradford Councillors UNANIMOUSLY opposed Turbine developments. Calderdale has received over 1600 objections to the proposal over Hebden Bridge. Yorkshire Water who built Ovenden Moor and proposed various other sites have now stopped further development.
Opinions in Rochdale and at North West Water, without the close experience of Turbines, are approximately 12 months behind their Pennine colleagues. The problem is that initially the idea of wind power is very attractive. But the tide is changing, people are becoming more informed and opposition is mounting. The true costs must be realised before our moorlands are sacriﬁced to the environmental con of the decade.
The proposal for Turbine development at ‘Great Hill‘ over Calderbrook, or Shore Moor as we know it, is due this Autumn. You can help, please see the enclosed leaﬂet. Watch the local press, once the proposal is announced even a few words on a postcard to the Council will help.
If anyone wants any further information, pictures, slides, talk etc., please contact myself.
The Great Hill Wind Power proposal is part of a rush for Wind Power sites all over the South Pennines. The company, Renewable Energy Systems, already has 24 turbines at Coal Clough, Cliviger. We don’t know yet how many they plan for Great Hill, but it will be BIG, taking hundreds of acres of moorland. It will be quite unlike any development we have had to deal with before.
The Friends of Great Hill are a group of local people who are looking at some of the implications of this proposal, and asking... HOW WILL IT AFFECT US?
Q.1 HOW BIG WILL THE TURBINES BE?
About 200 feet high to the blade tip; 40ft higher than the ones at Cliviger. These huge structures on the high hills would completely dominate the Blackstone Edge, and Warland walks, including of course the Pennine Way. In many areas we would be able to see BOTH the Cliviger and the Great Hill sites at once. The moors would certainly lose their unspoiled wild atmosphere.
Q.2 ARE THEY SAFE?
Yes and No!
Blades have broken on other sites, hurling sharp pieces of glass-fibre 100s of yards - so far, luckily, no-one has been hurt. Ice also forms on the blades in freezing conditions and can be thrown off at speed. The Cliviger site had to put up ice warning signs last winter, and there are guard dog signs too.
Q.3 ARE THEY GOING TO BE NOISY?
Experience is showing that noise is a problem on some sites and not others, because of the unpredictable way sound travels in hilly areas like ours. In Wales, people who live over a mile from the turbines are being badly upset by the low-frequency noise, and some are now trying to sell their homes. The company won’t know if there will be a noise problem here until the turbines are up and working - but that is too late for us.
Q.4 WHAT ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH EXTRA HEAVY TRAFFIC?
The main problem would be during the construction phase 1000s of tonnes of aggregates, concrete, metal, and glass ﬁbre would have to get up onto the moor somehow, via Calderbrook Road....a road we think is completely unsuitable and dangerous.
Q.5 COULD I STILL WALK UP ON THE MOOR?
The company say Yes. In fact they can’t stop us because the moor is Common Land. BUT, there would be 4 - 5 miles of road up there, between the turbines. It won't be a wild walk across the moor, but a walk across an industrial site. The construction phase would cause so much damage to the peat and the natural drainage it would no longer be moorland at all. The ‘away from it all" feeling would be gone, along with the wildlife.
Q.6 WOULD STREAMS OR SPRING WATER BE AFFECTED?
There is a great risk they would be, as the footings for the 100 sq. metre bases for the turbine towers, and the miles of roadway, would inevitably alter the drainage off the peat moorland. Farms and homes on spring water will be vulnerable if they draw their water from Shore Moor.
QUESTION - WILL THIS HELP SAVE FOSSIL FUELS AND GIVE US CLEAN ENERGY?
QUESTION - WOULDN'T YOU RATHER HAVE WIND POWER THAN NUCLEAR?
These two questions can be answered together because they both come down to - how much energy do these wind turbine sites actually produce?
THE ANSWER IS - VERY LITTLE INDEED WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO EITHER THE COAL OR NUCLEAR POWER STATlONS....CLIVlGER PRODUCES LESSTHAN ONE PERCENT AS MUCH POWER AS A 1000MW NUCLEAR POWER STATION.
REPLACING JUST ONE NUCLEAR OR LARGE COAL POWER STATION WOULD MEAN COVERING OVER ONE HUNDRED SQUARE MILES IN WIND TURBINES - AROUND HERE THAT WOULD MEAN A POWER STATION ON EVERY HILL TOP.
IS THAT WHAT WE REALLY WANT?
So - if they produce so little energy, why all the fuss?
Its because Wind Power is very proﬁtable at the moment. The Government is giving large subsidies to the wind energy generating companies, and the money for that comes from our electricity bills.
THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS VERY COCKY AT THE MOMENT. IT IS INCREASING ITS MARKET SHARE RAPIDLY, AND NOW PLANS A THIRD SIZEWELL POWER STATION. OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE NOT FRIGHTENED BY WIND POWER, AND IN SOME CASES, THE SAME COMPANIES ARE INVOLVED WITH BOTH WIND POWER AND NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS. IN PACT IT IS A CRUEL CON TO IMPLY THAT WE ARE BEING OFFERED A CHOICE BETWEEN NUCLEAR AND WIND POWER.
WE EXPECT A PLANNING APPLICATION FOR ABOUT 34 WIND TURBINES ON GREAT HILL TO GO IN TO ROCHDALE AND CALDERDALE COUNCILS VERY SOON.
PLEASE ACT QUICKLY ONCE THE APPLICATION GOES IN
SEND IN A LETTER OF OBJECTION IF YOU THINK, AS WE DO, THAT THIS PLAN SHOULD BE STOPPED.
All you have to do is write a very short letter with just one reason for your objection - and you can of course use the arguments in this leaﬂet to help you if necessary. The more letters of objection that go in to the Council the better our chance of success.
SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
The Director of Environment
Rochdale MBC Planning Dept.
PO BOX 32
The Chief Planning Officer
Why should we feed large subsidies into the pockets of the privatised Power Companies? Why should we accept our countryside covered with Wind Turbine sites that can never hope to replace the fossil fuel and nuclear stations.
If you would like to take some of these questions further, or ﬁnd out how to help, please do contact the group on Littleborough (0106) 316009 or 316015.
From time to time the Civic Trust receives invitations to attend various local functions. The last ‘official’ invitation was in February 1989 when Fotherglll & Harvey became Courtaulds and I was privileged to attend, as the then Chairman of Littleborough Civic Trust. It was a memorable occasion.
Mayor John Beasley and Mayoress Ann Beasley
Three weeks ago the Trust received an invitation from the Rochdale Mayor and Mayoress to attend the Dinner in the Town Hall in honour of 800 years of Rochdale Parish Church's existence and the Trust felt this invitation should be accepted.
Michael Farrell our Secretary, Don Pickis a former Chairman and myself agreed to attend on behalf of the Trust.
It was a most enjoyable evening which began with a reception in the Entrance Hall of the Town Hall at 7.30pm - there were in all some 250 guests including the Mayor and Mayoress, the Bishop of Middleton and his wife, the Vicar of Rochdale, Canon Shackleton and his wife, the MP's for Middleton and Rochdale and our local MP together with Councillors, invited representatives (such as ourselves) etc., etc.
Just after 8.00pm we were invited by the Toastmaster to go to the main Hall where we were all duly announced and personally greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress and Canon and Mrs Shackleton; then we found where we were sitting for the meal! There were 24 tables each seating l0 guests and also the top table for the important ones!!
A meal consisting of six courses with liberal glasses of both red and white wine to help it down, was served. The service, food and atmosphere were ﬁrst class and the only fault we felt was that the Rochdale Youth Orchestra, who entertained us during the meal, played at times so vigorously it was very difficult to carry on a conversation!! At our table were members of Rochdale Civic Society and the local Fire Service Divisional Commander and his wife.
The toast to the Parish Church was proposed by the leader of the Council, Councillor Paul Rowen and the response was by Canon Shackleton and then the ladies of the Dobrose Choir (who had been waiting for over an hour) entertained us with some excellent singing. During their ﬁnale we all joined in singing, like the last Night of the Proms, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory....
I don't know what sort of celebration will be planned for St Chad's 900th anniversary in 2094, but this one will be a hard act to follow.
The consultation stage for this important planning document is now effectively over. The local authority's proposed Unitary Development Plan will when ﬁnally accepted, set the pattern of planning for the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough for the next ten years. Comments, objections and observations subject to last minute modiﬁcations were to be submitted by the end of July 1994: outstanding objections will now be dealt with by Public Inquiry, before the UDP can become fully effective.
The consultation process has been open to any interested panics, private or public, individuals or organisations, so that householders, developers, voluntary bodies, mineral extractors, neighbouring local authorities amongst others have all had the opportunity to support, challenge or seek to modify the proposals.
Littleborough Civic Trust has submitted comments and in some cases objections to a number of policy proposals. Whilst welcoming the Authority's concept of establishing Greenspace corridors and apparently the abandoning at this stage, a proposed parallel A58 route along the Roch Valley from Stubley to Albert Royd Street, it has sought to encourage the Local Authority to strengthen open land proposals for Littleborough and to take the opportunity offered to deal more effectively with sensitive trafﬁc spots like the junctions of A58 with A6033 Todmorden Road and B6225 Canal Street.
In addition the Trust has urged the Local Authority to take positive steps to reduce waste bulk thereby reducing in terms the demand for landﬁll space.
Currently Rochdale MBC ‘exports’ some of its bulk waste to adjoining authorities for disposal, with of course no overall reduction in the demand for landfill.
With the proposed closure of Rochdale's incinerator and the ending of the dumping of sewage sludge at sea, the waste disposal problem for the Borough is going to increase in the next ten years. We have asked the Authority to consider upgrading the incinerator to EEC levels; additionally, to examine the merits of new microwave treatment of waste The technology is effective in reducing car tyres, sewage sludge and hospital waste and therefore likely to be increasingly attractive to waste management bodies now and well into the next century.
For more detailed information contact Don Pickis, 378849.
We have been acting in response to a number of footpath issues that have occurred in recent months. We have reported on a potential problem developing at Hill Top Farm and the footpath sign that disappeared opposite Handle Hall Farm. We have also been in touch with Oldham and Rochdale Groundwork Trust about the state of the footpath near the old Lydgate Inn and they have promised to press for action to improve matters. The main cause for concern is however the Carriage Drive which is not a public right of way on the Deﬁnitive Map but in our view, has been established as one by unchallenged public use over the last twenty years. We would be interested in hearing from anyone who can provide information on this route.
The autumn 1994 programme was drawn up at a meeting of the Footpaths Group in July. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The Winter/Spring programme 1995 will be drawn up at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Offices on Tuesday 18th October at 8pm. Please come along; refreshments are available.
Sunday, SEPTEMBER 4th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30am (Cars to Hollins Mill)
Leader: John Hindle
Lower Allescholes - Fowlclough Road - Inchfield Road
Sunday, SEPTEMBER 18th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm (Cars to Cheesden Bridge)
Leader: Joe Taylor
Waugh's Well Circular
Distance: 6+ miles
Sunday, OCTOBER 2nd: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Leader: Michael Farrell
Canal Towpath - Starring Lane - East Top Farm - High Lea
Distance: 5 miles
Sunday, OCTOBER 16th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: Geoff Sutcliffe
Distance: 5/6 miles
Sunday, OCTOBER 30th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm or Ogden Reservoir at 2.00pm
Leader: John Hindle
Distance: 5 miles
Sunday, NOVEMBER 13th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Leader: Michael Farrell
Lightowlers Farm - Longley Hey - Leach
Distance: 5 miles
Sunday, NOVEMBER 27th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: George Lee
Sunday, DECEMBER 11th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Leader: Lincoln Jackson
Sunday DECEMBER 25th No walk - enjoy your turkey!!!
And now to the more physical side of things! Many times requests are made through the newsletter for some help with clean-ups, tree planting and so on - I must admit the response could hardly be described as overwhelming. We really are delighted to see new faces at any of our events and such an appearance does not imply any continuing obligation!
So again, please, if you do have just 1 hour to help it does provide a great boost to the regular small band - it could be said to have double effect - once with the help actually given and again by the tonic and encouragement new help gives to the existing volunteers.
The reason for this plea is 2-fold. If you are regular reader of the newsletter you will have read much about the work of the Tree nursery, in particular the work carried out by Dan Docker. Dan provided a vast amount of energy and enthusiasm for the Tree Group. He was a centre pin between volunteers, the Local Authority and other relevant agencies. He is now doing a year's ‘work experience’ on Horticulture in America. He is sorely missed!!
Before he departed our Tree Group had a meeting with Francis Comyn from Rochdale Council who is wanting to help the group as much as possible. Together we all sorted out a programme of work for tree planting, seed planting, care of the Tree Nursery and maintenance at Barker's Wood.
So, over to ANYONE who can give just 1 hour:
1. Any 1st Saturday of the month at the Todmorden Road Tree Nursery.
2. At a Tree Planting/Clean up at Shop Wood on Saturday 7 October between 10.30am and 2.00pm - volunteers will be apparent between Todmorden Road/Barnes Meadows up to Calderbrook Jute, Calderbrook Road.
3. At Barkers Wood on Saturday 1st October at 10.00am. Clean up, maintenance work and laying of stone chips for pathway. This work is being carried out with the Council. Tools, equipment and materials will be provided.
4. At a more leisurely pace, this should be a good year for acorns, birch seed and possibly hazel in the right areas - please do collect, with permission where required, for use in the Tree Nursery.
JUST A COUPLE MORE BODIES WOULD WORK WONDERS!
Further information from Judith Schoﬁeld, Jill Roberts (please see addresses & Tel nos. on front cover) or from Pauline Hopkinson (Tel: 0706-522447).
Groundwork Trust with help from Rochdale Training Enterprise Council continue to clear paths, repair surfaces, construct drains etc. Unfortunately 2 extreme rain storms in July caused severe erosion and Groundwork are working to restore the damage caused to the upper end of the valley.
The work over 7-10 October (don't forget, help needed Sat 8th) will look at an extended area for clean up/repair/tree planting by and beyond the Jute Mill-again with a plan being drawn up by Groundwork-and with a grant to the Trust from the Mersey Basin Campaign.
Congratulations to Nan Dearden who won the Civic Trust Quiz. She managed an incredible 105 points out of a possible 109. Amazing!!!
Thanks to Peter Jackson for (I thought) an excruciatingly difﬁcult Quiz.
The Editor and Staff wish to thank all those people who have contributed to this edition of the Newsletter with a special thanks to those who assemble and distribute the Newsletter.
Special acknowledgement also to Keith Parry who designed the Cover for use on LCT Newsletters in the mid 1970's.
Editor: Judith Schofield
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