No confidence in decision

Looking out towards the approximate site of the proposed Belford Burn windfarm from the B6349.
Looking out towards the approximate site of the proposed Belford Burn windfarm from the B6349.

I attended a meeting at Belford First School on Monday, November 18, present being representatives of Energiekontor UK Ltd, contractor/developers of the proposed windfarm on land at Belford Burn, Belford, representatives of Northumberland County Council planning department and members of the public.

I attended a meeting at Belford First School on Monday, November 18, present being representatives of Energiekontor UK Ltd, contractor/developers of the proposed windfarm on land at Belford Burn, Belford, representatives of Northumberland County Council planning department and members of the public.

It was embarrassing to witness the attempt being made by the Energiekontor team to answer questions being put to them by local people on concerns and issues that would directly effect Belford, its residents, business, tourism, wildlife, landscape and, not least, the impact, disruption and damage to the village this development would have.

Clearly, from start to finish of the meeting, it was obvious to all that they were out of their comfort zone, mumbling away to each other in an incoherent manner, providing no clarification or straightforward answer to any question asked of them.

Their combined input inspired no confidence at all of their ability or capability to deliver.

What did emerge and shone like a beacon was a total lack of planning, no road map or direction of path they intend to take to achieve their goal.

As a result of their non-performance, it is frightening to behold that shortly these people, with local-authority sanction, will be let loose to damage forever the community, the village of Belford, its businesses, tourism, wildlife, landscape and quality of life for many.

Northumberland County Council has a duty to protect the area from these speculative, opportunist, exploiting destroyers of possibly the most unique and outstanding locations of natural coastal and countryside beauty remaining in England, preserving it for future generations to enjoy.

I urge Northumberland County Council to reject this planning application.

If approved, then as an authority (councillors), it should hang its head in shame.

For my part, if sanction is given, NCC will be as accountable and responsible as Energiekontor for health-and-safety issues, damage to property and livelihoods, danger to residents, especially children by logistic movements of heavy goods vehicles, components, plant and machinery leaving themselves open to claims of neglect and damages in the future.

David Else,

Meadow Park,

Belford