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Samantha Cameron's father plans more wind turbines across one of Britain's most glorious landscapes The view from the cliff at Burton upon Stather in North Lincolnshire is a favourite among locals.
Taking in the curve of the River Trent, it opens out onto a flood plain, before continuing east towards the North Sea. This moody rural scene was beautifully captured in a 1924 oil painting entitled The Smug And Silver Trent by Sir John Arnesby Brown an eminent artist of the day and remains little changed today. Soon, however, the picture, which was recently on display at No 10 Downing Street, may need updating because it looks likely that the landscape is all set to change, the rural vista interrupted with the whirling blades and unsightly support structures of an array of giant wind turbines. Which is ironic, pandora bracelet with charms considering the countryside in question is owned by the Prime Minister's father in law, Sir Reginald Sheffield, the father of Samantha Cameron. It is Sir Reginald who has given his consent for seven 400ft tall wind turbines to be erected at Flixborough Grange. Eight turbines are already up and running at Bagmoor Farm nearby, which is also owned by Sir Reginald, who possesses around 3,000 acres in these parts. Sir Reginald's plans do not only stem from environmentalist concerns, though. His enthusiasm is seen by some to be due, at least in part, to the considerable 'rent' he receives in return for allowing the turbines on his property. By his own estimate, he already receives almost 350,000 a year for the eight turbines at Bagmoor, which was constructed in 2009. That means he is earning nearly 1,000 every single day on the back of the turbines. That figure will almost certainly double if the council approves planning permission for the latest turbine scheme at Flixborough Grange, since he gets paid according to the amount of electricity generated. And who is paying out for this? In one sense, the public via a levy on electricity bills. On average, householders pay an extra 85 per year in 'green' taxes, and the wind farm levy part of the Feed in Tariffs scheme introduced by the Labour Government in 2009 in a drive to encourage 'green' energy accounts for about 9.50 of that. Not much in the grand scheme of things, admittedly, but local campaigners question why any of us should have to pay a single penny towards a project which they say will disfigure the countryside. The result is akin to a peasants' revolt in an area that the Sheffields have presided over for more than four centuries. The Normanby Hall estate, close to the villages of Normanby and Burton upon Stather, has been in the family since 1590. The estate mansion, Normanby Hall, was built in the 1800s and the Sheffields resided there until 50 years ago when they had to hand it over to the local council to pay death duties. Since then, the main Sheffield residence has been the nearby Grade II listed Thealby Hall, where Samantha where can you find pandora bracelets Cameron and her sister Emily grew up with their parents, Sir Reginald and Annabel, until they divorced when the girls were still only children. Idyllic: The scene of Burton upon Stather was captured by Sir John Arnesby Brown in his 1924 painting, but could be changed forever by the plans of Sir Reginald Sheffield Sir Reginald continues to live there with his second wife, Victoria, with whom he has two daughters and a son while their mother Annabel has also remarried, to Lord Astor, and is styled Viscountess Astor. Sir Reginald also has a second splendid pile, Sutton Park, an 18th century mansion in North Yorkshire, as well as a third house in fashionable Notting Hill, West London. Sutton Park is rented out for weddings and Sir Reginald makes millions each year from his land and various ventures. The balance sheet for his company, Normanby Estate Holdings, for the year ending March 31, 2011, shows that the company made a profit of 4.2million, with total shareholder funds (the value of the shareholders' interest) of 5.6million and more than 1million in the bank. The firm acts as a holding company for Normanby Estate Company, which has 2.4million in capital and reserves. Another of his businesses, Norinco Ltd, has 1.4million in capital and reserves. Sir Reginald, then, is not short of a few bob. And happily for him, the wind turbines provide him with a way of making a good deal more. The turbines scheme at Flixborough Grange is a joint venture between two companies, Wind Prospect and RidgeWind. RidgeWind is majority owned by investment funds managed by the private equity firm, HgCapital and the company proposes to rent the land from Sir Reginald. But while he may be relishing the thought of doubling his turbine income, there is almost universal opposition to the scheme locally. To date, planning permission has been refused by the council three times and once at appeal, but that hasn't deterred Sir Reginald and his developers, who have now lodged another appeal. The deadline for objections was last Thursday and a planning inspector will make the decision. Locals claim 65 year old Sir Reginald appears indifferent to their concern that the turbines will spoil the landscape. The first appeal was won on unusual grounds. Living close to the proposed site are ten year old autistic twins, Lewis and Ross Glathorne. The boys' parents attested that the boys have 'a fixation with spinning objects' and would be adversely affected by the turbines. Since that last appeal, however, the Glathornes have withdrawn their objections after the developers, RidgeWind, agreed it will help the Glathornes make alterations to their home, as well as plant trees to reduce visibility of the turbines. If this is not sufficient, the company has agreed to pay for 'their relocation, if this is deemed necessary by them'. But that hasn't allayed the health worries cited by other protesters, such as concerns over so called Wind Turbine Syndrome based on a theory that wind turbines generate low 'infrasound' low frequency noise not detectable by the human ear that is alleged to cause a range of physical sensations such as tinnitus, headaches, sleeplessness and anxiety. Steve Fuller, an engineer, runs the protest group, Burton Against Turbines, which has fought the Flixborough scheme every step of the way. 'There's a feeling that this area is carrying the burden of the march of the wind turbines. We already have 130 of them within a 10km radius due to go up and another 50 at the consultation or appeal stage. 'We have tried to work out a solution with Sir Reginald over his seven planned turbines at Flixborough find pandora jewelry Grange, to see if there is any way he can jewelry supplies pull out of the scheme, but it has got us nowhere.
' That doesn't surprise many locals, who mutter that Sir Reginald is an old school aristocrat who brooks little dissent. Certainly, the battle over the turbines is not the first clash between Sir Reginald and the villagers. A few years ago, there was a spot of bother over a lime tree in Normanby village.
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