Letter sent today to Copeland Councillors….
Dear Copeland Councillor,
Happy New Year!
We would like to congratulate Copeland Councillors on their scrutiny over
the recent wind turbine planning applications in the Copeland area. No
matter that we disagree with the decisions it is important that
councillors apply equal scrutiny to each and every planning application.
We were very shocked to find out that there has been no scrutiny over the
“Moorside” 100 borehole plans just a five minute walk from the centre of
the pretty Lakeland village of Beckermet.
The decision for “Moorside’s” exploratory 100 boreholes up to 150m deep
was delegated to the Development Officer for Copeland Borough Council.
The developers have said that in this 500 acre area between Sellafield and
Beckermet that there are no hedgerows, sites of scientific interest, no
flood plain, or likely to be any contamination – this is all untrue.
Ironically a 30m high wind turbine was turned down at Petersburgh Farm in
December on the grounds of visual and wildlife impact. Petersburgh Farm
is at the boundary of “Moorside.” The debate and scrutiny over the one
wind turbine was quite rightly intense. Radiation Free Lakeland fully
support the wind turbine at Petersburgh Farm on the grounds of encouraging
the transition to renewable energies and supporting the resilience future
of food and farming in the UK.
It is clear from the maps of “Moorside” that Petersburgh farm would be in
a “sterile” area and would be demolished to be made into the outer
perimeter. The wind turbine refused was 30 m high. “Moorside” would
either have at least 3 cooling towers up to 250 metres high – or huge
cooling installations out at sea, churning up the already radioactively
contaminated Irish Sea.
We are very concerned that the 100 “exploratory” boreholes have been given
consent, with no public meetings, no debate or scrutiny by the full
council or by Cumbria County Council. The map indicates that the 100
boreholes would be drilled (some using explosives) in an area which has
geological fault lines (see attachment) The boreholes are supposedly to
“explore” the geology for new build. However the area being drilled, with
mud and water and rocks being brought to the surface, is known to be
contaminated with seepage from Sellafield (see attachment).
Please call a halt to this drilling, or at the very least ask why such an
important decision was delegated to one Development Manager. The safety
of Cumbria is already under threat from the radioactive ponds at
Sellafield, to increase that threat with borehole drilling in a nearby
area known to contain geological fault lines is to be reckless with the
safety of Copeland and Cumbria.
Lets make 2015 a safe one.
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland