Ring of steel fears over pylons

Wind farm opponents fear a new electrical infrastructure project serving East Lindsey’s growing legions of turbines will decimate the landscape with pylons.

Western Power Distribution’s plans to create a Low Carbon Hub would see a circuit of power lines linking Skegness, Alford, Mablethorpe, Chapel St Leonards and Ingoldmells to distribute the electricity produced by local projects.

Opponents to the scheme, which is due for completion next year, say it will further industrialise the local landscape and encourage yet more wind farm projects in a region they claim to be already saturated.

“If this goes through, the whole area is going to be industrialised,” said Melvin Grosvenor of the Marsh Wind Farm Action Group (MWAG).

“Where we have open countryside it will just become flooded with pylons.”

Currently, the electrical infrastructure around Skegness is reported to be limited in how much power generation it can connect. The Low Carbon Hub would ‘manage these constraints’ allowing the network to handle enough additional renewable generation to power 40,000 homes.

Mr Grosvenor fears this additional capacity will attract more wind farm developers to the region.

He believes Energiekontor’s proposals to build four 115 metre turbines at Asserby, near Alford is one such project, which he describes as ‘development by stealth’ and part of a ‘wider onslaught’ against Lincolnshire. MWAG will be outlining the proposals to concerned residents at a meeting in Grimoldby Village Hall this Friday from 7pm.

Energiekontor’s project manager Richard Hind has explained that local opinions will be given consideration when the project reaches its application stage.

He said: “Local people have raised the issue of landscape and proximity of other wind farms in the area, the Environmental Assessment will consider these concerns in detail. When the assessment has been completed we will display information to members of the public to receive further comments.”

Coun Colin Davie has also expressed his concerns about the Low Carbon hub and its possible impact on the landscape. He said: “I’m gravely concerned that the electricity industry is targeting Lincolnshire and is deliberately aiming to trash our natural environment in the pursuit of even bigger profits,”

A spokesperson for WPD said: “As the electricity distributor for Lincolnshire, we are committed to serving our customers and have a duty to provide connections to anyone who wants them and meet the electricity demands of the area for years to come. The Lincolnshire Low Carbon Hub is one of our innovative projects worth £3.5 million, aiming to achieve this more efficiently by creating a smarter electricity distribution network. “