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.
To begin with, Volkswind UK publicly expressed a desire to engage positively with local people and keep them informed. They launched and previously operated a ‘Community Consultation Website’ from this web address. 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An archived version of that abandoned Volkswind website can be viewed by clicking here. That disappeared abruptly late in 2014 when control of the site passed over to Broadview Energy.
At the time of writing (26th May 2015) Broadview has not publicly announced that they are developing the site at Watford Lodge. 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.
To date, Broadview Energy has not matched this PR spin on community engagement with deeds. They have not provided their own community information website and have not provided site neighbours or Watford Parish Council with information about their construction timetable, traffic management plans or proposals for Community Benefit.
The 4.6 metre diameter tower base rings for five MM92 125 metre turbines are already on site and the other components are likely to arrive as abnormal loads soon.
This independent forum has therefore become necessary to allow local people to share scarce news and exchange views.
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