Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Supporting Guisborough/Bankfields windfarm

Our local Friends of the Earth group are supporting the Bankfields windfarm as a good project and hope it will be given planning permission subject to addressing consultee concerns. 

Banks Renewables have a lot of experience of windfarms, energy & construction projects. They should be expert in minimising noise, dust, disruption and getting the project to run smoothly.

Noise should not be a problem in operation or construction. HGV traffic will come from the A19/A174 or Teesport and down Wilton Lane.

The farms that are in the 700-900m zone are benefiting from the scheme and are being compensated. The Mount Pleasant row of terrace houses is over 1km away from the scheme.  It has been agreed that the scheme will provide up to £5000 per house for energy efficiency or renewable measures and as I believe that Mount Pleasant is off the gas mains this will be a major plus for them.

A third of project costs will be spent in the NE. This is one of the first projects in the UK where the x5 towers will be manufactured locally. Up to 14 apprenticeships will be created and £2m go to a community fund. New provision is to be made for wildflower meadows, bat habitat and nature ponds.

Over a large part of Guisborough the scheme cannot be seen due to buildings and where partially visible are not prominent. It will not affect tourism, house prices or hypnotise drivers!

The Application R/2013/0674/FFM can be commented on till the end of the week 

Rob Tucker
Co-ordinator Mbro & Redcar
Friends of the Earth

Friday, 20 September 2013

Film screening " More than Honey" Friday 4th Oct with Andy McDonald MP

Screening of film "More than Honey" Friday Oct 4th 7pm with Andy McDonald MP
you are invited to our screening of an excellent film "More than Honey" at the Middlesbrough Quaker Friends meeting house on Friday 4th Oct 7-9pm with a small talk & cuppa at the end by Derek Herring of Cleveland Beekeepers Association and Andy McDonald Middlesbrough MP.  Bees are having a difficult time worldwide and the UK Govt has said it will have a plan for Bees (not a plan B :-) but has not given any details or budget!

Please could you mention the event at meetings, and find it on FaceBook inviting relevant FB friends & forwarding this email in the North Yorkshire area.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Middlesbrough, Redcar & Stockton Friends of the Earth Facebook page

With new developments in media we have decided to devote more time to our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/foeteesside
We have been achieving some fantastic things, planting trees, holding talks and exhibitions, running stalls etc on our Bee friendly and Clean British Energy campaigns. We have also looked more locally at some windfarm projects and developing wildlife gardens.

Please [share] our Facebook Page
and consider joining us!

The Mbro FoE Team