Many local councils have been accused of being long winded, but now one Westcountry authority is making a virtue out of it.
Cornwall Council is considering entering the fiercely competitive energy market by erecting a wind turbine which will generate money as well as power.
The council wants to install a single windmill at Ventonteague Farm just north of the A30, close to the village of Zelah and Carland Cross roundabout.
However, it says no decisions on potential planning bids will be made until local opinion can be gauged.
An early outline suggest that the turbine could generate 4,796,100 kw of power annually, enough to provide power for just over 1,100 homes.
The “community benefit” was described as being £150,000 during the life of the turbine, approximately 20 years.
The council said surveys to determine impact on the ecology of the local area as well as any historic relics was under way.
The presence of nearby Newquay Airport is not necessarily a problem, said one report already compiled: “An independent aviation assessment has been undertaken for the Ventonteague development.
“This assessment has identified that impacts are possible on Newquay airport and the air defence radar at Portreath.
“However, the operational re-powered Carland Cross wind farm adjacent to the Ventonteague site demonstrates that turbines in this area are currently acceptable.
“A consultation exercise with all relevant local aviation stakeholders in the vicinity including military and civil airfield operators is ongoing. The outcome of these aviation consultations that are required will be presented in the Environmental Statement that will be submitted in support of the planning application.
“We are aware of all of the issues relating to the safety of air traffic and radar impacts in the area and will seek to agree any required mitigation with those concerned if it is required.”
The council said wind power was an ideal Green resource in Cornwall: “Cornwall has high average annual wind speed of 6.5 metres per second. This wind resource was first harnessed when the UK’s first commercial scale wind farm was constructed at Delabole in 1991 with a capacity of 4MW.
“There are now a number operational commercial wind farms in Cornwall with a total installed capacity of more than 60MW, as well as many individual installations.”
A public event will be held on the following days:
• Monday June 9 at St Erme Community Centre.
• Tuesday June 10 at St Erme Village Hall
On both days, members of the project development team will be present from 10am and until 6pm to answer questions and take comments.
Formal presentations will take place at 8pm on both days.