On the 28th January, planning permission was successfully granted for the Winsey Farm wind turbine near Souldrop. Once erected, the 225kW turbine will provide power for Winsey Farm’s turkey, pig and arable farming business and contributing to the land’s self-sufficiency according the owner.
To assess the visual impact of the turbine, the council’s planning committee visited the site on Monday 21st January on a snowy morning for which engineers flew a blimp to 50m, the height of the turbine’s hub. Attached to this was a smaller balloon, flown to 64m to represent the length of its blades. The turbine’s size and levels of visibility from surrounding areas were taken into consideration as viewed from several positions determined by the planning committee. Unfortunately for those opposed to the turbine, given the near white out conditions of an overcast, snow laden landscape and given the blimp and balloon where both coloured white, the planning committee deemed the turbine not to be intrusive and gave the construction of the turbine the go ahead.
The Middle Farm planning application is currently on hold as the proprietor is re-evaluating his plans which will include the turbine itself being relocated to a position of further distance from the village of Souldrop. Therefore a new planning application is in the process of being submitted for this larger turbine.
So Souldrop will have it’s first wind turbine, please feel free to comment below.
Please follow the link below or click on the picture to the left to view a selection of photos taken from the Nativity torchlight procession of Saturday 15th December 2012.
With big thanks to Adam Green for donating his photographs and Thomas William for his assistance in getting these great shots to us. View the photos here
(In the gallery click the thumbnails to view a larger version of the image)
One of the highlights in Souldrop of the Christmas period was the Nativity torchlit procession through the village on Saturday 15th. Adam Green has kindly donated a number of photographs we shall post up in the next couple of days. In the meantime the Rev Tom Sanders has sent us a down-loadable magazine with some news of the recent festivities and some up and coming Church services.
Download… Church_Magazine_Jan_2013 here (PDF)
We here at Souldrop.biz would like to wish everybody a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Peace to all!
Meanwhile Santa and his helper paid a visit to the Christmas Fayre on December 9th. The Sunday afternoon Fayre helped to raise funds for the Village Hall. Congratulations to all those who helped make the afternoon a very special Christmastime success.
To top it all, on a very windy afternoon, the village beacon was lit. That’s twice now this year as it was lit for the Diamond Jubilee back in June
Lit Beacon Christmas 2012
Please take good care over the holiday period and don’t drink and drive!
Wind Turbines are a divisive issue when it come to rural areas. There are arguments for and against the encroachment of wind turbines in the local neighbourhoods. It seems pressure is mounting on several areas of the North Bedfordshire Wolds for the erection of wind turbine generators, some scores of meters high. Plans for two such wind turbines to be built within Souldrop Parish are being debated by Bedford Borough Council on Monday 17th December.
A hasty meeting for Souldrop residents opposing the turbines (S.P.O.T) has been arranged at the Village Hall for this Friday at 7.30pm
There are lots of good reasons why local residents should feel cheated by the planning process and upset by the idea of the installation of huge turbines dominating the local environment. At the same time the argument on the other side for the long term sustainability of energy utilising wind and water power as opposed to carbon based fuels is compelling. Many have no particular opinion either way until the ‘problem’ becomes local.
When it comes down to the turbines encroaching the neighbourhood landscape, then passions will understandably rise.
Spot meeting circular
In the interests of the community at large this website will attempt to remain neutral but at the same time give a space to report news and to give air to opinions to both sides of the argument.
Villagers woke up to an unexpected carpet of snow on the morning of Tuesday December the 5th. The first snows of 2012 arrived early in Souldrop but the showers soon cleared leaving a fine bright but chilly Winters day.
Residents are advised that adjacent to the village green there is a yellow salt box to facilitate the clearing of icy patches on the roads or pavements.
Pictured above is the Bedford Arms Christmas Tree looking very seasonal in the snow.
We have some further wintry views of Souldrop village here
Just to confirm the Souldrop Christmas Fayre is this coming Sunday the 9th at 3pm (Not Saturday the 8th as an earlier post stated)
Please come along and support the local village hall and enjoy a raffle or browse the Christmas Fayre on display. Enjoy a spot of Christmas spirit and visit Santa’s Grotto followed by a spot of ‘mulled wine’, cakes and who knows, a guess the weight of the cake competition? Maybe, we shall have to show up to find out! Any funds raised will go towards supporting our village hall.