Wind turbine 'would protect brick factory from recession'
KINGSBURY residents are being invited to a public exhibition to learn more about plans to install a wind turbine on the site of a local brick factory.
UK wind specialist, Wind Direct, hope to install a 130-metre high single wind turbine at brick manufacturer, Wienerberger Kingsbury Works, using the electricity generated to supply the business.
The public exhibition on the scheme will be held on Tuesday (June 18) at the Kingsbury Water Ski Centre between 3pm and 7pm.
Representatives from Wind Direct will be there to answer questions and explain the scheme.
Nicola Mortimer, head of development for Wind Direct, said: "Should the scheme be given consent, the benefits to the brickworks will be felt throughout the local area.
"The introduction of a wind turbine will help to protect economic activity in the area, which strengthens the local economy.
"It is reported that every megawatt of wind energy installed generates £700,000 worth of value for the UK, of which £100,000 stays in the local area .
"According to these figures, the Kingsbury turbine would bring £1.75million worth of value to the UK and £300K to the local area.
"We hope the local community can support this project and we look forward to meeting as many residents as possible at our public exhibition next week."
John Sandford, director for sustainability for Wienerberger Ltd, said: "As a company Wienerberger has been adversely affected by the significant reductions in the market demand for clay bricks within the UK in recent years.
"However at Kingsbury, we took the decision in 2011 to invest and carry out major refurbishment works at the site.
"As part of this investment decision, we looked to review and significantly improve our energy performance at the site.
"Wind Direct is preparing a planning application to include a wind turbine adjacent to our factory.
"If successful, availability of electricity on a long term contract at predictable prices will significantly improve the future security of manufacturing operations at the Kingsbury site.
"It will also contribute towards our wider sustainability goal of generating on, or adjacent to, our sites more electricity than we require for our UK production activities."
As well as economic and environmental benefits, a Community Benefit Fund worth £5,000 per year will be available for local residents to access to promote a healthy and sustainable community.
Wind Direct are looking to submit a planning application to North Warwickshire planners in the next few weeks.
For more details see www.kingsburywindenergy.co.uk.