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  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: info@hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com URL: www.hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter: https://twitter.com/HampsthwaiteAG
  • Management Committee Meetings

    "The general management and control of the Trust Premises and the Arrangements for their use shall be vested in a Committee of Management (hereinafter called “the Committee”) consisting of not more than Twenty-five members (exclusive of members co-opted . . . )" and "All members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting". Extracts from Conveyance No.8791 dated 24th April 1953
  • HAMPSTHWAITE UNDER THREAT!

     
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Link to Harrogate District Draft Local Plan Additional Sites consultation 14 July - 25 August 2017 (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
  • Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

    Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Birstwith Road is proposed as an Additional Site HM9 and is now the subject of a consultation exercise.See: https://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal/pp/lp/as17/as17
  • Brookfield Garth Proposed Development

    HAMPSTHWAITE ONCE AGAIN UNDER THREAT! PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BROOKFIELD GARTH, HAMPSTHWAITE  
  • Barkers Family History

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  • BARKER Family History

    Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017 Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census. From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ???  who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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Wind Farm Proposals

Kelda Water have submitted two scoping reports, one for 17 x 125m turbines at Scargill Reservoir and the second on adjoining land for 7 x 100m turbines; these are close on the heels of a scoping report for 4 x 115 turbines on adjoining land to the other two.  These three proposed sites are adjacent to the current 8 x 97.5m turbines at Knabs Ridge.

Hampsthwaite Parish Council have raised concerns about the visual impact of erecting more wind turbines on Pennypot Ridge between the Army Foundation College and the existing Knabs Ridge windfarm.

See below for full details of the proposals.


A Problem With Wind Power

An interesting article? by Eric Rosenbloom — September 5, 2006

"Wind power promises a clean and free source of electricity. It will reduce (our) dependence on imported fossil fuels and reduce the output of greenhouse gases and other pollution. Many governments are therefore promoting the construction of vast wind “farms,” encouraging private companies with generous subsidies and regulatory support, requiring utilities to buy from them, and setting up markets for the trade of “green credits” in addition to actual energy.. . . .

. . . . A little research, however, reveals that wind power does not in fact live up to the claims made by its advocates (see part I), that its impact on the environment and people’s lives is far from benign (see part II), and that with such a poor record and prospect the money spent on it could be much more effectively directed (see part III)."


Some questions that might be asked?

  1. How many tonnes of C02 emissions are required to design, manufacture,deliver and erect each wind turbine to the Penny Pot site - it would be helpful the total could be itemised under those headings?
  2. How many tonnes of C02 emissions each year are required to manage, monitor and maintain each windmill once it is in operation?
  3. What is the expected total annual output from the wind farm and how many tonnes of C02 emissions each year is the wind farm expected to save when compared against an equivalent size output from a fossil fuel power station?
  4. How many years is each windmill guaranteed to remain operational and describe the plan for their disassembly and removal at the end of their life?
  5. How many tonnes of C02 emissions will be required to dismantle, recycle or replace each windmill?
  6. How is the energy equivalent from each windmill supplied when the wind does not blow?
  7. Is there a maximum wind-speed that each windmill will tolerate and, if so, what happens when the wind blows too hard?
  8. What happens to the energy provided by each windmill when there is not the demand for it - eg middle of the night?
  9. How efficient is a gas turbine running at 'base load' as compared with the same gas turbine 'part load'?
  10. How much of the generated electricity will supply the National Grid, and how much will be used by Yorkshire Water as per Kelda's energy initiatives statement? Ref: http://www.keldagroup.com/kel/csr/ourenv/hottopics/energy
  11. Is the project still necessary and feasible since ROCs for onshore wind were re-banded recently? Ref:. http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/renew_obs/renew_obs.aspx
  12. How much is added to the average annual energy bill for each household in Yorkshire to meet the subsidies for wind farms?
  13. On average, what percentage of theoretical capacity will the Penny Pot wind-farm generate in actual output?
Wind Farm Proposals

Kelda Water have submitted two scoping reports, one for 17 x 125m turbines at Scargill Reservoir and the second on adjoining land for 7 x 100m turbines; these are close on the heels of a scoping report for 4 x 115 turbines on adjoining land to the other two.  These three proposed sites are adjacent to the current 8 x 97.5m turbines at Knabs Ridge.

Hampsthwaite Parish Council have raised concerns about the visual impact of erecting more wind turbines on Pennypot Ridge between the Army Foundation College and the existing Knabs Ridge windfarm.

See below for full details of the proposals.