Police want wind turbine at Portishead HQ

PUBLISHED: 09:46 07 October 2015

Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary has applied for planning permission to build a 145ft wind turbine near its Portishead headquarters.

The force argues the turbine would help it save money and maintain frontline police numbers and this week applied for planning permission.

The 250kW turbine would be capable of producing enough electricity to power 103 homes for a year. The turbine would be 30m tall and its three blades would have a diameter of 29m.

The police force has been forced to reduce its budget in recent years and will need to find £27-35million over the next three years too to counteract funding cuts by the Government.

Its spokesman said the long-term energy savings and additional income from it would ‘safeguard jobs and the provision of frontline policing’.

Sue Mountstevens says other enviornmentally-friendly energy supplies have already been implemented. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.Sue Mountstevens says other enviornmentally-friendly energy supplies have already been implemented. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary undertook public consultation in September 2014 and concerns over noise from the turbine were raised.

The police says only people within 40m of it will hear it, with the M5 traffic partly drowning it out. No homes or businesses are within 40m of the proposed location.

A police spokesman said the force has no intention of installing more than one wind turbine.

Portishead Town Council will meet to discuss the planning application and make a recommendation to North Somerset Council. The latter’s planning officers or councillors will then make the final decision.

Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As a public body we not only have a duty to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions but also to consider our long-term sustainability.

“I am keen to explore any means that reinforces our commitment to a more environmentally-friendly way of operating day-to-day.

“We’ve already commissioned solar panels and a biomass boiler at police headquarters and the wind turbine will continue to help support us in generating our own electricity and limiting our emissions.”

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