This independent non-profit website operates as a community service for local residents seeking and sharing information about the construction, commissioning and future operation of the Watford Lodge Wind Farm, located just outside the village of Watford, Northamptonshire.
At the outset Volkswind UK made many promises about engaging positively with local people and keeping them informed. They previously operated a ‘Community Consultation Website’ from this web address, which disappeared abruptly late in 2014. That website stated:
“We feel we have a commitment to keep the local community informed of our proposed wind farm near Watford in Northants. We have thus created this website in order to involve you in the development process and to let you have your say.”
An archived version of that previous site can be viewed by clicking here.
In late autumn of 2014 management of the consented Watford Lodge site apparently passed to Broadview Energy. At the time of writing Broadview has not publicly acknowledged that they are developing the site. This is despite the fact that they actually commenced construction in December 2014.
The ‘Communities’ page of the Broadview Energy website states that the company has a policy of establishing a ‘dedicated’ website to provide information about each of their developments.
Specifically, they say :
Broadview prides itself on undertaking a thorough, open and transparent approach to community engagement as it is important to work closely with all interested parties likely to be affected by the development of a wind farm. On all of our sites we aim to build strong relationships with local communities from an early stage in the development process, and then maintain these throughout the lifetime of the project.
Broadview has not delivered the promised community website and has not provided any meaningful information about their plans. This independent forum therefore allows local people to share news and exchange views.
Please share this site’s web address with your local social media contacts to spread the word!