Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls on West Lancs Council to listen to his constituents after attending exhibitions to build controversial windfarm between Formby, Lydiate and Ince Blundell

 Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Lydiate Parish Council Labour chairman Cllr John Bailey at the proposed windfarm exhibition at Lydiate Village Centre.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has again called on West Lancs Council to listen to the concerns of his constituents before making any decision on whether to give permission for the creation of a "considerable" windfarm between Lydiate, Formby and Ince Blundell.

Coriolois Energy have resubmitted plans for the windfarm which will include 12 windturbines each measuring 136.5m in height - the equivalent of St John's Beacon in Liverpool.

This is a revised bid by the company who originally planned 24 turbines for the site.

At the time of the original proposal, scores of concerned residents from Lydiate and Maghull, Ince Blundell, Hightown and Formby wrote to Bill Esterson to raise their concerns.

Bill then contacted West Lancs Council to relay his constituents objections.

This week he attended the public exhibitions detailing the company's plans which were held at Ince Blundell Village Hall, Lydiate Village Centre and at St Stephen's Church Hall in Hightown.

Bill said: "The original application for a windfarm consisting of 24 giant turbines generated lots f objections from constituents in areas throughout Sefton Central.

"The scale of the plans, together with the height of the turbines, means that these structures will be seen from throughout this constituency and for miles around.

"I completely understand the concerns raised. For those people who will be closest to the wind turbines the view will change dramatically and for any one this must be very worrying. It is vital that West Lancashire planning committee take this into account when considering the evidence.

"To their credit, Coriolis Energy listened to the originally concerns and as a result scaled back on numbers. But the fact remains that they are still seeking approval to build 12 of these giant turbines.

"The company's own graphic displays, which they presented at the public exhibitions in Ince Blundell, Lydiate and Hightown, shows the scale of the turbines and how they would be a very imposing presence on our landscape.

"People here have reiterated their objection to these plans, the impact on the visual amenity of the communities, the fact that they would be built on high grade agricultural land and about the impact of such large turbines on those living closest to them.

"As the local MP, it is my duty to make sure that the planning committee in West Lancashire Council considers their views."

The previous Lib Dem energy minister, Ed Davey had said he wanted to see more windfarms built near to towns and village.

Bill said: "The Liberal Democrats were the cheerleaders for the big energy companies in government to build what and where they likes, in the pursuit of profits. Ed Davey and his colleagues are now no longer in government, but we know that the Conservatives have similar motivations.

"People have a right to be heard and for their views to be considered when it comes to wind farms being developed so close to where they live. Great care needs to be taken if these turbines are to be given the go-ahead.

"I have already had discussions with parish and town councillors about this.

"We need to make sure that all views are collated and presented to West Lancs. 

"People need to make their views known and they can do that by contacting me directly at bill.esterson.mp@parliament.uk or writing to my office at Space Solutions Business Centre, 39 Sefton Lane Industrial Estate, Maghull, L31 8BX.

"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. West Lancs planning committee needs to balance the impact on the community and the landscape against the potential benefits of renewable energy. It is my job to make sure that residents’ views are heard and rest assured I will do just that."

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Manor Ward Labour councillor Clare Carragher and Hightown Parish Councillor Tim Asbury.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Manor Ward Labour councillor Clare Carragher and Hightown Parish Councillor Tim Asbury.

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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Lydiate Parish Council Labour chairman Cllr John Bailey at the proposed windfarm exhibition at Lydiate Village Centre.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Lydiate Parish Council Labour chairman Cllr John Bailey at the proposed windfarm exhibition at Lydiate Village Centre.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Lydiate Parish Council Labour chairman Cllr John Bailey at the proposed windfarm exhibition at Lydiate Village Centre.

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