AONB To Set Out Position On Wind Power

The Isles of Scilly AONB team is to produce a so-called ‘position paper’ on the use of wind power and other renewable energies on the islands.

AONB Manager, Trevor Kirk, said this followed consultation with the Isles of Scilly Renewable Energy Co-operative, ISREC, who earlier this year produced a feasibility document into the use of wind power on the islands. (

That report said wind energy consultants, Sykamore, had been highly positive about the potential for wind power here and the group has identified 20 potential sites across the islands.

An accompanying survey by ISREC suggested that 63% of those polled felt wind power was appropriate for use on the islands although they admitted there was a small, vocal minority opposed to such technologies.

Trevor says the document set to be produced by the AONB will allow them to understand the impact any wind turbine development would have on the historic landscape and environment in Scilly.

He said the whole of the islands are designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and a conservation area, with a high concentration of sites of special scientific interest and scheduled monuments.

“We have a small landscape so even small developments can have big impact on the environment,“ said Trevor, adding that it’s harder to site turbines discreetly here compared to larger land areas on the mainland.

He said the AONB needs to look at the all the evidence regarding the impact on wildlife, such as birds and bats and then decide what position they will take.

And he said it’s important to get it right because the document would be used as a reference for the advice offered to the planning department in the event of an application, and part of the information that local members would take into account.

Any decision, he says, will be complex and challenging.

Trevor says the AONB is likely to start consulting on the position paper at the end of July, with a document ready in the autumn.


7 Responses to AONB To Set Out Position On Wind Power

  1. mark June 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    locals need to start speaking up. most the people who were polled on this were possibly mostly mainlanders that now live here like the ones on the team pushing this daft idea. look into wave energy and leave scilly alone!

  2. al June 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

    But the vast majority of visitors would be appalled by such vandalisation of Scilly and I would find it hard to believe the ‘powers that be’ would want to seriousy damage the tourist industry in this way.

  3. John June 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

    This will probably go through! no one listened to the overwhelming opposition to the WLT grazing policy and so it will be with this, the people don’t seem to have a voice on the Islands, population is too small I guess.

  4. LINDA June 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm


  5. Todd Stevens June 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Would they be allowed to erect such things in an AONB/conservation area etc etc?? Do look at other options before pushing this one further.

  6. al June 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with the comments above. Wind turbines would be highly inappropriate for Scilly. It would be impossible to site any which would not be highly visually intrusive in such a tiny, delicate landscape. Try reducing the school lighting etc etc etc first!

  7. John Hicks June 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    “….said Trevor, adding that it’s harder to site turbines discreetly here…”
    I am gobsmacked……. how in the hell does anyone site one of these things discreetly? here or anywhere else………… let alone more than one. There is no where on Scilly that these things can be placed that will not have a huge detrimental effect on the skyline, the bird life and the natural beauty. If ever there was a time when common sense is needed, it’s now. I can’t believe these are even being considered when there are many other ways of producing power that would have little or no real effect on the Islands. Come on you councillors get real!