Centrica officially registers application to build Barrow biomass plant
Last updated at 08:21, Friday, 06 July 2012
CAMPAIGNERS against a proposed biomass plant have vowed that “the fight starts now” after the planning application was formally submitted.
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The thought of the Biomass plant being built in Barrow is a nightmare. It will have an unbelievable visual inpact locally but, equally as bad and perhaps under-appreciated is the impact that growing biomass fuel (willow) will have.Recently, we were travelling on a coach near Carlisle and Penrith when we came across fields of young trees so tall that they blocked out the views of the surrounding area. You could not see the beautiful scenery at all! This I discovered was Biopmass fuel. Bearing in mind that a large part of Cumbria depends on tourism for their survival this could only be very bad news for them if this plant goes ahead. You really have to see these things growing to appreciate the impact and one can only imagine what it would be like to live surrounded by these densedly planted and over-powering young trees. Tons and tons of them would be required to keep the plant going I am sure and anywhere where these trees were grown would find their landscape totally ruined. If it is not in our backyard it would be in somebody else's and heaven help them if it happens. They would find themselves oppressed by the visual impact and depressed by the diruption the harvesting and transportation of them to the Biomass plant would cause in rural areas! Lets hope common sense prevails!
Hi Peter,Absolutely agree people are entitled to their own opinions; it is called democracy. However, I am sorry that you feel I should not be allowed to participate in that process, correcting what others say, who also correct me. Democracy is a two way debate and process.Some people have resorted to calling those opposed to the Biomass Plant "idiots" and of "scaremongering". That does not make for wither sensible or meaningful debate.CS....I stand corrected, but disappointingly so. I really thought that education should provide a curriculum where spelling and grammar was at least a consideration. (However, it it's good enough for BAE, building world class nuclear submarines....then it has to be good enough for me...LOL!!!....Apologies if I underestimated your hidden skills) I agree entirely with you about some of the other issues in Barrow; not good and trying to do something about them.You make an assumption that hardly anyone notices the DDH; I presume that is based on evidence rather than supposition? The effect on the landscape of the proposed Biomass Plant is immense; even those supportive of the proposal have recognised that. However, I have to remain of the view that two wrongs do not make a right. I am NOT against nuclear power and have never said I was. I FULLY SUPPORT tidal and wave power and supported the Bridge across the Bay initiative. I TOTALLY SUPPORT underwater turbines and have never said otherwise. YOU ARE MAKING TOTALLY WRONG STATEMENTS AND SUPPOSITIONS.You state we cannot "realy" on BAE forever which I think is intended to mean that we cannot "rely" on BAE. I totally agree with you which is why I have been involved in trying to attract new business to Barrow as well as retaining existing businesses.I am sorry that we beg to differ over this issue. Those opposing Biomass are not anti everything; we just believe that there may be, as you have quite rightly highlighted, potentially better options. I would like to see all of the means of energy production that you have listed made better use of and fully explored. Perhaps even through inward investment and new businesses coming here to use the excellent skill base barrow enjoys.Hopefully, we at least agree on something!!!!
Are you kidding C S if you are talking about the DDH surely this can be seen miles away. Can't believe hardly anyone notices it! Just an observation!