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Kingston Windmill

On 28 Jan 2012 at 12:37pm Dave wrote:
Whats going on with the windmill in Kingston?
Is it ever going to get sails?
On 28 Jan 2012 at 2:12pm IMEYOU wrote:
On 28 Jan 2012 at 4:08pm observer wrote:
Ok! Flour.
On 28 Jan 2012 at 5:33pm DFL wrote:
Rumour has it they ran out of money....
On 28 Jan 2012 at 7:00pm the old mayor wrote:
Thats taken the wind out of their sails !!
On 28 Jan 2012 at 7:34pm Peasant wrote:
Sails have planning permission, but are expensive. And tend to blow off in high winds.
When you get planning permission, you can implement as much, or as little, of it as you wish. Or you can implement it in phases, and never get round to the last phase.
Unless there are specific conditions imposed (e.g. to build a new house in the countryside, generally close to impossible in Lewes, you must make it look like a windmill and must include sails), there is nothing the planners can do.
The planning application and permission, with conditions, can be found on the Lewes DC website.
On 28 Jan 2012 at 8:58pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I thought windmills were eyesores?
On 28 Jan 2012 at 11:32pm IMEYOU wrote:
From what I can gather, there was a windmill there at one point in the olden days, so the owners/buyers of the land sought to rebuild it and forget to put the sails on and then turn it into a home.
I stand to be corrected !
On 29 Jan 2012 at 7:40am Observer wrote:
Is that a skinny little windmill at ringer or a wind turbine.
On 29 Jan 2012 at 7:41am Observer wrote:
There is also one at Ringmer Ha Ha. Whoops!
On 29 Jan 2012 at 4:30pm Peasant wrote:
I think you will find they got permission to build a windmill (with six sails, as the original one there had) and turn it into a home.
There is a special planning rule allowing building of landmark buildings in the countryside. Windmills with six sails are rare, so fairly count as a landmark.
Turdbines unfortunately are getting rather common. They are very profitable for the owners, thanks to the enormous subsidy we all have to pay them via our electricity bills. I'm sure Mr Christie will thank you all personally for your contribution to his bank balances when he has a moment.
On 1 Feb 2012 at 7:26pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
I've always been a big fan of wind turbines, but when you actually see one in the flesh (or metal), you realise how ugly they are. The one at Glynde is an eyesore, almost as ugly as the pylons.
If wind turbines met our energy needs then I might regard them as a sacrifice worth making, but the sad fact is that they are a drop in the ocean and it would be more cost-effective to reduce energy consumption.

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