News from the Village of Essendine – Feb 2022

ESSENDINE PARISH COUNCIL OPPOSES MALLARD PASS SOLAR FARM. 

“Essendine Parish Council strongly opposes the proposed Mallard Pass Solar Farm development” is the resolution passed by the Parish Council in December 2021. 

As a council we oppose the development based upon the voiced concerns of the Essendine population and the overwhelming number of verbal and written contributions we received from residents during November and December. 

There are many different reasons why people oppose the development. Some of the recurring conversations were about the effect on existing biodiversity and eco- systems, scale and dominance, appearance, impact on the character and appearance of the area, impact on the health and wellbeing of the community. 

As a community we are fortunate to reside in an area of great natural beauty where we can see almost daily deer, badgers, foxes, hares, buzzards, owls, red kites, sky-larks, egrets, kingfishers, geese, ducks, herons, bats, with the huge number of other birds, animals, insects and plants that form this great environment and ecosystem we inhabit. This natural biodiversity is at risk if we do not oppose the Solar Farm. 

The engulfing scale and dominance – 2175 acres! – is a major concern for many with industrial solar development surrounding Essendine on three sides. This is just too large and invasive for a rural community, covering multiple parishes in two counties. 

What are Essendine Parish Council doing to oppose this proposal? We gave the residents of Essendine six days to have their say so that we could listen to and understand their concerns. The many comments we received opposing the solar farm were well structured, logical and delivered with passion. We have written to the developers, MPs and Rutland County Councillors stating our objections to the proposal. We consistently speak with our Rutland County Councillor and senior members of Rutland County Council, ensuring they are aware of our opposition. 

We organised, hosted and chaired a face to face meeting with Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton in Essendine Village Hall with members of other Parish Councils and Rutland County Council also attending, as well as the Mallard Pass Action Group. Alicia was driven around the proposed site and shown some of the natural beauty and prime agricultural food producing land that will be overwhelmed by the proposed solar farm. As our MP and representative in Parliament Alicia Kearns stated during the meeting. ‘We fight and we fight together.” 

Please enter this link into your web browser to hear some of what Alicia Kearns MP said during her visit to Essendine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jq2gaRPmE8 

The meeting was very constructive with many great ideas and activities discussed that can and will be put into operation to oppose the Solar Farm. 

What you can do to help oppose this proposal 

Send an email or letter to Alicia Kearns MP stating why you oppose the Solar Farm. Her email address is alicia.kearns.mp@parliament.uk Her constituency office address is 33 High Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0TR 

Please mark the email or letter for the attention of Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy. Alicia will then forward it to him as the decision on the Solar Farm will be made by this government department. 

There will be many other activities for you to support in the near future as we firm up our plans on opposing this industrial development and communicate them to you 

Mallard Pass Action Group: This Action Group has been set up to oppose the 

Solar Farm. It is a collective of concerned residents from within and around the 

footprint of the Mallard Pass Solar Farm project. They can be contacted via; 

• email at mallardpassactiongroup@gmail.com 

• Facebook.com/groups/mallardpassactiongroup 

• Twitter @MallardPassAG 

Please engage with this group to understand more and to help with the campaign. Volunteers are needed whether it’s helping with leaflet drops or offering professional expertise. 

Essendine Parish Council: You can send with any comments, questions or ideas on how to oppose this Solar Farm development to Essendine Parish Council via email at haveyoursay@essendinepc.org.uk 

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