David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

I went to another council meeting last week. This time it was a Heysham Neighbourhood Council meeting at the Village Institute, which had been called to discuss potential plans for a wind turbine on the North Wall of Heysham Harbour.

Carla thought we were off for a pint at The Royal so happily walked down with me, on what was a glorious summer evening. She wasn’t too happy when she realised where we were actually going but by then it was too late.

The upstairs room in the institute was packed and it was hot (very hot). Mind you, it was soon to get a whole lot hotter for the guy from Peel Holdings.

Peel Holdings had previously applied for planning permission for three large wind turbines on their land within Heysham Port, but permission was declined due to their proximity to the two nuclear power stations and the Special Protection Area for our seabirds.

The latest idea is for one, smaller turbine on the North Wall, which is far enough away from these sites.

Obviously Heysham residents are not too keen on having a turbine on the North Wall and they made their feelings known.

The guy from Peel was as honest as he could be, admitting that this is a financial decision which Peel have made and there will be no direct benefit to local residents. In fact he answered all questions in a similarly honest and straightforward way and he was extremely well informed.

It now remains to be seen whether or not the planning application goes forward, once this public consultation process is over.

One thing that did come out of this meeting, which surprised me, is that there are four other, much bigger, wind turbines being planned for installation along the new by-pass road.

Recently I have been following Facebook posts on a site called ‘Morecambe & Heysham Past & Present’ and in particular, posts from Heysham resident David Walker.

David took it upon himself to spruce up the stone plaque and anchor feature in Heysham Village, which had become over-run with weeds and debris. Why this area had been allowed to get like this I’m not sure however, thanks to David’s determination and sheer hard work, it is now looking its’ glorious best.

The issue now is who will look after this area in the future? Looking around Morecambe and Heysham, I’m amazed at how many pavements are covered in weeds; some of the alleys look more like fields. I guess that must all be due to lack of funds which local councils have to pay for these sort of services. Does this mean that the condition of our town is going to become more and more reliant on people like David Walker to take direct action?