Thursday, 24 August 2017

Residents raise £6,000 in fight against weir power plant

RESIDENTS have raised £6,000 towards the legal costs of their fight against plans for a hydroelectric

RESIDENTS have raised £6,000 towards the legal costs of their fight against plans for a hydroelectric power generator at Goring weir.

The scheme was given planning permission earlier this year but the parish council, which opposes it, has been granted a judicial review of the decision at the High Court. The money raised by pressure group Stop Goring Hydro will go towards the cost of the hearing, which is expected to take place in November.

Parish council chairman Kevin Bulmer said: “People often complain but this is the first time they’ve put their money where their mouths are. It was a scary decision to take legal action as we’re conscious of the need to be responsible with public money but early indications suggest we have a strong case.”

The Goring and Streatley Sustainability Group wants to build three 12ft-wide Archimedes screws with a turbine and generator to the north-west of Goring lock island. It says the £1.5million plant could generate 850 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power about 300 homes, which would be sold to the National Grid with a share of proceeds benefiting the community. 

Opponents say it would be unsightly, would damage ecosystems and would cause a flood risk.





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