Move over The Shard – two new towering landmarks now cast a shadow over the Suffolk countryside with the building of some of the tallest wind turbines in the country.

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The two turbines which stand at 130metres have been erected on Eye Airfield industrial estate – but the giant structures have faced criticism from the town council.

Andrew Evitt, an Eye town councillor, said: “Wind turbines are a huge intrusion in Suffolk. It’s virtually impossible to look across Eye without seeing them – they are incredibly intrusive. I have a huge problem with them, they are a complete waste of space and a huge waste of money.

“I find the whole think totally absurd. I think they should have never been built. I have just given up, it is pointless, really, to try and fight these things.”

Eye’s mayor, Merlin Carr, said the town council had voted against the turbines.

“I think it’s a reasonable place to set them being on the industrial estate,” he said.

“But I think, in common with a lot of people, in terms of the height of the turbines, I do not agree with them being so high. The energy could have been provided in other ways – through other forms of renewable – solar or a small number of much less obtrusive turbines.”

The turbines, which have been built for vehicle rental firm The Roy Humphrey Group, are due to be operational in a month.

Carl Humphrey, spokesman for the group, said “thousands of homes and businesses” would benefit from the turbines.

He said: “We have not been made aware of any concerns by anybody. A lot of people have said they are ‘cool’ and in the right place in an industrial area.

“It’s an assumption that we have put up the turbines to get free electricity. Most people are happy to have them here.

“The turbines allow us to control our costs for the next 25 years in a market which is troubled and at a time when businesses are going to the wall. It will cover up to 80% of our electricity usage.

“Solar panels would have been a danger to motorists on the A140 with the glare of the sun. We would never have got permission because of the safety hazards.”

Energy company Triodos Renewables, which is behind the project, said the 2.5megawatt turbines will generate enough electricity for almost 3,000 homes.

54 comments

  • Roy Humphrey Associates are benefiting from Taxpayers, not those houses getting electricity, they would have got that anyway. Another rich man living on tax-benefits. If he's so communal, why did he not asked Eye people to join in the venture and get cheaper electricity?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • wind power is clean power, i really dont know why people dont understand this..no toxic waste pollution from a windmill.

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    siouxie twig

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • nrg----get a grip man, who said anything about Germany. The rest of us are talking about Britain...! Stop being Childish.OR are you an just an imature teenager predenting to know things when you know nothing

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    JD Hunt

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Intrusive? I think not.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • mad Hunt talks twaddle, neta now tells me King Coal is powering ahead on 48% of electricity production in the UK at 21.00 hours, da wind thingy flapping at 5% of thingy power....looks like end game to me.

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • windmills will not leave behind any pollution for future generations... how do you explain to your grandchildren that they have radiation induced cancers , just because you didnt like the way turbines offended your eyesight? so selfish.

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    siouxie twig

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • @ nrg I think you may be on a different planet to the rest of us. you make reference to the steel, plastics, concrete etc on turbines, so other forms of generating electric like Coal,Gas and Nuclear not have these then.....!!!!!!! YES wind is clean. IS...coal clean..NO, IS...Gas clean..NO they give off CO2.(Dangerous to the Environment) IS...Nuclear clean..NO, the waste from this is dangerous for hundreds of years and is stored in dumps around the UK. What would you prefer next to you where you live....I think there is only one answer....WIND

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    MickB1

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • JD Hunt, oh dear, new nuke power will never be built in the UK, after the ongoing Fukushima nuke nightmare, nuclear power has become unaffordable and uninsurable.King Coal will never be dropped from the UK power utilities.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • mickb1, der facts from neta at 7pm had king coal 40% and little old fartless wind thingy struggling and peaking at 4%,

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • nrg...just read that 25 years ago British Coal produced about 130m tonne of coal a year with hundreds of mines, Today UK Coal only have 5 deep mines producing 7m tonne and listen to this they have now moved into renewable energy and own Windfarms. NOT so king coal now nrg.....Cigar Man

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    JD Hunt

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Nrg....you have a major problem don’t you, one day you may wake up and take note of what is happening around you. You carry on with your head “Buried in the sand”. One word you need to look up in the dictionary to find the meaning of “INEVITABLE”

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    D.Simpson

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • The final word here is that nrg stands for Not Really Grasping the urgent need to change the way in which we generate electricity.

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    blue tractor

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • In China wind energy has surpassed nuclear. Britain... Local councils voted down a possible geologic nuclear waste storage site in Cumbria. It was the only potential location to be considered. There was considerable protest from scientists that the site had flaws while many did not want to risk nearby park systems that are a tourist attraction. Without this waste dump the country has no place to put all their nuclear waste. This is considered a big enough issue that it may end any plans for new nuclear reactors in Britain.

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    siouxie twig

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • siouxie twig, at present your grandchildren are more at risk from slug poison run off to the water system...last time I looked, Anglian water was well above the EU limits...explain that to your grandchildren why they going to have a small life span and reproductive problems.....Metaldehyde in the water,another new norm.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • siouxie twig, "wind power is clean power" miss Twig and how do you think the turbines,the steel, plastics, concrete etc were made and transported to the site...little helper secret...tis not the wind.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • MickB1, CO2 is a harmless natural occurring gas, in fact it its a very good plant food to boot. You're wind thingys are a very old fashioned type of junk that's practically useless without the wind....for the simples on here, der wind don't always blow. Coal is still king in Britain and will be for next hundred years.. or until man invents something new.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • blue tractor. I think you are right, also NRG does not get the idea that these Wind turbines,Solar farms etc are going to be our future, Not sure where nrg has been for the past 20 years, may be asleep but I seem to remember back in the 90's nealy all the UK coal mines closing, Coal is in the past, most coal power stations are closing. In the next few decades Gas will follow because of the Gas reserves being exhausted. Clean renewable energy is our future nrg.

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    JD Hunt

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Hey, D.Simpson. nrg should bow out gracefully knowing that he has lost this argument. BUT he can't. SO nrg a BIG......Whatever....!

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    MickB1

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • A potless hunt you'd be then????

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • siouxie twig. der Germans try their best in keeping German jobs for German workers,whilst our lot nudge for outsourcing the blooming lot....If we manufactured wind thingy and solar thingys I'd be less a tad less anti. However, I can't.. nor should anyone who cares about Blighty, ignore the horrendous facts that for every 'green' thingy job created in Britain 3.5 real jobs are lost.

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Well said JD Hunt ....could not have put it better myself...!

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    D.Simpson

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I can't see what people have against these elegant structures. In any event, Eye Industrial Estate is hardly a beauty spot. We need more of the same.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • MickB1, the great nrg never enters arguments unless he's fully armed wiv der facts...sitting here with a big fat cigar knowing, I just killed all you green thingys pipe dreams....coal is king in the UK.. get used to it !!! D'oh!!! wind output has fallen to 8.2 % within the hour, king coal chugging along nicely keeping the UK safe and warm and twonks like yourself online..all hail the miners.

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • MickB1, coal is still king, if you google whats powering Britain, you'll find coal is the biggest input in the grid at 42 per cent, followed by the other reliable favorite gas...then nuke, the wind thingy is a big fat 9 per cent variable down to 5 ...worrying times for the future methinks.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • The Shard is between 308 and 310 metres tall (sources vary). These are 160m.

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    Chris Booty

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • To nrg and NickL......take a screen print of these comments then revisit them in a few years....I tell you then you can Eat Your Words.

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    D.Simpson

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • JD Hunt. Suggest you do some basic research. National Grid, who know a bit more about the problem than you (they run the system) tell us that even if we built DECC's worst case 2030 wind build (23GW onshore, 51GW offshore) we would still need 30.5GW of new nuclear, 36GW of new gas- and 5.5GW of new coal-fired capacity just to keep the lights on. Wind is a parallel generating system, it does not do away with the need for reliable, base load generating capacity, however much Windies fantasise about an alternative reality.

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    NickL

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • And all the " Dozens & Dozens" can thingy produce is a flagging,even sagging 5%. Time for myself to sit back like at the movies, and much on pop corn.

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • "a man is not a true man if he can't accept defeat"

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    D.Simpson

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • nrg....spreken de english. The rest of us are talking about Britain, where Coal is not king. We sit on an island of coal and do nothing with it.

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    MickB1

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • What comes to mind is a "Cantankerous Little SH...1T"

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    D.Simpson

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • nrg......So Co2 plays no part in GLOBAL WARMING according to you then......!! You do talk some rubbish Coal has not been king since 1993 after the Governments pit closure programme, I know quite a lot about the coal industry being an ex coal miner myself for 14 years in Nottinghamshire. There are currently only 5 deep mines in the whole of the UK, in 1984 just in North Notts there were over 20 now only one Thoresby Colliery. So don't come with Coal is King and will be for Hundreds of years, I do think you ought to read a little about things before you make comments and look silly.

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    MickB1

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • The numbers in Germany show a much different reality. In 2008, before Germany’s big cuts to nuclear were put in place, nuclear power employed 30,000 people. Today in Germany renewable energy employs 382,000 people.

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    siouxie twig

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • NickL......Renewable energy is not just about windfarms as you seem to think. Over the next two years a third of coal fired power stations are closing and more closures will follow - Making way for renewable energy. Times are changing, the future is changing, but a couple of you on here appear to wanting to stop in the past. The facts are there plain to see, coal power stations are dying.how many new coal power stations in the planning in the UK and how many plans are there for renewable, its simple...!

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    D.Simpson

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Oh dear, the weekend is here and the green nutters are at large..Look I know all about the history of Thatch and her despise of the hardworking miners...Lets face the facts, coal is king in Britain right this moment it powers the country so fruits like yourself can stay safe and warm blah ,blah. Der Germans who are on the ball in pretty much everything, are building brand new spanking red hot coal fired POWER stations, a thousand more king coal POWER stations are in the pipe line the world over. The wind thingys are tiny inefficient old fashioned bit part players, that will eventually be ditched for cheaper options from the fossil POWER brand.

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • @ windless - What a strange comment. Every kilowatt of electricity produced by these turbines, is one kilowatt of electricity not drawn from the National Grid. So yes, they do indirectly provide 'UKPLC' with usable electricity, by the proprietors not using it themselves. As for their appearance, I work on the airfield industrial estate and reckon they look magnificent.

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    SideshowBob

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • siouxie, I'm not nuke happy clappy..dem green thingy bobs are. China is a horrible country run by crony commies, for sure they're weak on nukes at present,our old foe the French are busy changing the Chinese minds, being the leaders and main players of nuke power.However, the Chinese are greedily buying up coalmines throughout the globe, Australia being a fave..where they've even imported their own prisoners to labour and toil at the coal face .

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    nrg

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Read a quote from EDF Energy website: From the early 2020s onwards, however, greater numbers of low-carbon power plants, such as those powered by nuclear and renewable energy sources, will be built. So retaining existing coal stations for a few more years before their final closure can make their direct replacement by lower carbon technologies more likely.

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    JD Hunt

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • nrg.....PLEASE get your figures right first you are looking at outdated information. In the UK, thirty one percent of electricity currently comes from coal-burning power stations. However, a third of these power stations are expected to close by 2016 so that they meet EU air quality legislation. This means that Britain will become less reliant on coal as a source of energy and will need to look at alternative energy sources. nrg what argument are going to make up and twist now.COAL IS HISTORY....!!!!!!!!!!!! Wind and solar farms will be the next source of electric...!

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    D.Simpson

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Hit the nail on the head...!!!

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    MickB1

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Margaret Thatcher appointed Ian MacGregor as chairman of the National Coal Board, purely with the idea to systematically destroy the coal industry and mining communities, which he did, his actual words when he decimated the industry was “COAL IS HISTORY”

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    JD Hunt

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • No, Mr Humphrey, we do not assume that you have "put up the turbines to get free electricity". We know that you have put up the turbines to collect the excessive, guaranteed production subsidies which are paid from consumer bills.

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    NickL

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • I remember a few years ago when i was all in favour of wind power and also in favour of erecting "Gulliver" in my home town. Since then, i have had an almost constant reminder of why wind power is not the way to go. It only functions 25% of the time, i want lights and heating in my house every day, not just on breezy days (Does not even work on windy days, as it is too windy!). Best way to stop all these monstrosities destroying our countryside is to make it part of the contract that companies that erect them, can only take power from them and not from the National Grid, after a few months in the cold and dark, they would lose the attraction. Although i suppose that these people could afford to move somewhere light and warm with the subsidies they have received from us taxpayers

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • MickB1,Hail to all miners, me does..as for mmgw..don't mean you climate change?? Climate change is a natural phenomenon that's being ongoing since year dot, CO2 is a life giving gas, we breath it in and out all the time, another natural process...now for the gritty bits, water vapor and methane gas are the most damaging drivers of climate change according to all the IPCC papers I've reviewed ... how man's breathing is considered more dangerous than farting or the natural event of water evaporation is of course very much why I believe that the whole warming thingy is just another man made scam.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • NickL......Renewable energy is not just about windfarms as you seem to think. Over the next two years a third of coal fired power stations are closing and more closures will follow - Making way for renewable energy. Times are changing, the future is changing, but a couple of you on here appear to wanting to stop in the past. The facts are there plain to see, coal power stations are dying.how many new coal power stations in the planning in the UK and how many plans are there for renewable, its simple...!

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    D.Simpson

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • What a Hunt!!! Der Germans are leading every way, always at the forefront in keeping their bods snug and warm in their harsh winters, binning the nukes for king coal and sticking up two great fingers up at the unelected cronies of the EU... Power and the Economy!! all hail the fatherland and Chancellor Merkel .

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    nrg

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • If you locals are that bothered get onto your MP. Last year he was slamming the way EU farming red tape is applied in the UK, so he's not shy of a good PR opportunity. He could come up with one of those Baconesque soundbites for the EDP to give the impression that he shares the concerns of local people about the defiling of the countryside with these monstrosities, and so on.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • nrg....you are an idiot.

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    D.Simpson

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • After the last comment, another big fat cigar with feet up on the table...looks like King Coal and nrg are everyday things that folk can't get by without...shame about the wind thingys.

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • nrg just give up you have well and truly lost. How many applications for windfarms & solar farms have there been in the last few years - Dozens & Dozens, How many applications for coal mines - None (they are virtually non existent) Coal power stations are ina steep decline and renewable are on a massive increase. open your eyes and wake up to realiatity, and stop the BS, its does not work. Our future IS renewable END OF.....!

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    JD Hunt

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • D.Simpson, Double D'oh!!! for you squire, my info is red hot..very much like king coal..do yourself a favour google neta Electricity summary page.. King Coal 42.5% wind thingy 9.2%...as Mulder once said ..."The truths out there"

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • NickL......Renewable energy is not just about windfarms as you seem to think. Over the next two years a third of coal fired power stations are closing and more closures will follow - Making way for renewable energy. Times are changing, the future is changing, but a couple of you on here appear to wanting to stop in the past. The facts are there plain to see, coal power stations are dying.how many new coal power stations in the planning in the UK and how many plans are there for renewable, its simple...!

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    D.Simpson

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • "a man is not a true man if he can't accept defeat"...Treble D'oh!!! a man is not a true man, until he's mastered the art of googling the red hot facts....big fat cigar moment for myself...Neta Electricity output for the UK King Coal 44% wind thingy dropped to 8.2 %

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Like all of these HUGELY unwanted absurdities, they are clearly.................EYESORES!!! And they only make money, remember that, YOUR money, you pay the owner in the stupid taxes on your utility bills. They do nothing towards providing UKPLC with any form of useable electricity. So, Blue Tractor, you may like to look at them, 99% don't, therefore, you are wrong!

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    Windless

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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