East Sefton Labour Action Teams encourage residents to attend public meeting on windfarm plans

Rob Owens


East Sefton Labour Action Teams are encouraging people to attend a series of public exhibitions to find out more about proposals to create a windfarm that runs along the Cheshire Lines between Lydiate and Formby.

The windfarm, which is being proposed by Coriolis Energy, is expected to include up to 24 wind turbines which would be up to 136.5m tall.

Coriolis say each turbine will be able to generate enough electricity for approximately 1,162 homes. The windfarm itself is expected to generate enough electricity for 27,000 homes.

As the land itself falls just outside of the Sefton boundary, it will be West Lancs planning committee who will decide whether the plans are given the greenlight.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, whose constituency includes Maghull, Lydiate, Lunt, Ince Blundell and Formby, has written to West Lancs planning department to pass on some of the concerns of residents within his constituency.

Bill said: "I have received a number of emails and letters from residents who are concerned about the impact of these plans on their community.

"I have written to West Lancs Planning Department to detail these concerns and urge them to take into consideration the views and concerns from my constituents before making a decision. These concerns include the visual impact of the windfarm, the loss of prime agricultural land to the turbines and the ecological impact of the farm.

"This is a major development which will have an impact on a number of communities in Sefton Central. The viewpoints of the people in these communities must be heard. The planning committee needs to balance the impact on the community and the landscape against the potential benefits of renewable energy."

Maghull Labour Action Team's Rob Owens, who grew up in Lydiate and still lives in the village, said a number of people in the community were concerned about the proposals.

Rob said: "People here in Lydiate are concerned about these plans. This is a large scale development that lots of people here have complained that they know very little about.

"I do think there should have been better communication from West Lancashire Council in relation to this project. This is right on our doorstep.

"We want clean energy, but we don't want that to be at the expense of the local environment or the community as a whole.

"I will definitely be going along to the public exhibitions this week and I hope other people from Maghull and Lydiate will do the same."

Lydiate and Maghull Labour Action Team leader, June Burns, said the team had received concerned calls from residents throughout Lydiate, Maghull and Lunt since news about the plans had come to light.

June said: "People here are obviously concerned about the impact such a large scale windfarm will have on the communities here.

"We are looking at 24 wind turbines each 136.5m in height, that's the equivalent of 24 St John's Beacons on our doorstep.

"I would have hoped for better communication in relation to this development, so I hope now that as many people as possible go to the public exhibitions to see the plans for themselves.

"Whether in favour of them, or against them, we need as many people as possible to pass on their views to West Lancs planning department as possible, so the planning committee knows the views of the communities who will be living with this windfarm."

Bill Esterson is also encouraging people to attend one of the public exhibitions which Coriolis has planned:

  • Thursday, April 25 - 5-7pm at Leverhulme Hall, Lord Sefton Way, Great Altcar.
  • Friday, April 26 - 4-8pm at Ince Blundell Village Hall, Victoria Road.
  • Saturday, April 27 - 10-2pm at Lydiate Parish Hall, Southport Road, Lydiate.
Bill said: "People throughout Formby, Lydiate, Maghull, Ince Blundell and Lunt need to go along to one of the public exhibitions to see for themselves the plans and to ask questions of the company representatives who will be there.
"Then please feed back your views to the Labour Action Team and we will make sure that West Lancs listen to those views.
"It is crucial that everyone has a say before the decision is made."

To send your views to Bill Esterson, email bill.esterson.mp@parliament.uk or email Sefton Central Labour at SeftonCentralLabour@gmail.com
Rob Owens