Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group
Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold
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A brief landscape history

Visual and other amenities

Effect on local roads
The construction / commissioning phase would last approx. 12 months (source Npower Scoping Report 5.7.1).

Based on figures provided verbally by the developer we can expect 60 truck deliveries of concrete per day in the first week, and 4 loads a day thereafter, theoretically along the B663 from Junction 16 of the A14.   The technical annex to the Molesworth scoping report says that construction is usually restricted to 7am to 7pm on weekdays and 7am to 4pm on Saturdays.  Short-term extensions to this may occasionally be granted.

In addition, sections of turbine up to 40m long would be delivered on special large low-loaders via a new access road near Tollbar.

All of the approach roads are small and rural and the condition of the road surfaces is seldom particularly good - often necessitating piecemeal edging repairs.   There are relatively few off-road riding opportunities, which means that horse and pony riders constantly make use of the B663 along the same stretch that the concrete lorries will be using.

It is likely that the additional traffic and its heavy nature would cause both congestion at the site access and damage to the road surfaces necessitating more extensive and disruptive repairs.

The A14 junction at the top of Bythorn Hill is not grade-separated and is totally inadequate to allow access for heavy traffic to and from the B663.  The provison of a temporary Traveller site on empty ground to the east of the junction precludes the immediate provision of grade-separation here.   Tight turns and short slip-roads at the Brington bridge almost certainly prevent access from the eastern end of the B663 as well.

For an analysis and illustrations of the devastation caused by a wind farm under construction, see what happened at Cefn Croes


Further Development

Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers

Overstated Benefits

Noise & other health issues

Wildlife & Ecology

TV Reception

House Prices / Saleability

What happens next?

23 August 2019
Radio / TV

The BBC website contains a number of video clips from features related to wind farms - click here

BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth - 30th August 2007

"Wind power is the fastest growing renewable energy sector in Britain. The government is investing massive amounts of money in its future. But experts interviewed on Costing the Earth claim the power of the wind to deliver electricity is being overestimated by companies keen to cash in on big subsidies."

Listen again to the programme & read more on the BBC website:

For an interesting TV broadcast on the effects of wind turbines on local residents - especially the noise - see the LBV Television programme available on the Wadlow Windfarm website. [This is a large file. It may take a very long time to open - but is well worth listening to].

Web Pages / Articles

"Wind farms alone won't solve our problems" - CPRE

RSPB policy on wind farms

RICS commissioned report: What is the impact of wind farms on house prices?

Wind Power in Denmark - Dr V C Mason (Sept 2007) (PDF file)

Wind turbine noise, annoyance and self-reported health and
well-being in different living environments
- BMJ - March 2007 - E Pedersen, K Persson Waye (PDF file)

Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise - E Pedersena and K Persson Waye - J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 116, No. 6, December 2004 (PDF file)

Noise Radiation from Wind Turbines installed Near Homes: Effects on Health - with an annotated review of the research and realted issues - B Frey & P Hadden - Feb 2007

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