Sunday, 5 July 2015

Nocton Cricket Club - match report

Nocton win low scoring thriller

Sunday 28th June

Nocton (79 all out) beat Rustons (57 all out) by 22 runs

Nocton came out on top in a low scoring thriller this week, defeating Rustons to make it three wins in a row.

Rustons won the toss and chose to bowl, on a wicket that was more than a little spongy following the morning’s rain shower. The Rustons bowlers found the conditions to their liking, as Nocton found run scoring difficult. Mikey Atkinson made it to 20 before he was dismissed, a tally that was matched by the retuning Andy Bell, playing his first match in four years. Bell hit three fours and a six, and showed that his lack of recent cricket has done him no harm. Nocton were eventually dismissed for 79 in the 26th over, a score that the team knew was competitive.

After tea, Nocton seamers Atkinson and Dylan Garfoot were excellent, and were ably supported by the economical Miles Lynch. The team took regular wickets thanks to bowling full and straight on the helpful surface, and soon reduced Rustons to 32-9. Despite a last wicket partnership of 25, Rustons were eventually dismissed for 57, leaving Nocton victorious by 22 runs. Atkinson and Garfoot finished with five wickets each.

Atkinson's 5th wicket

Garfoot's 5th wicket
It is also an exciting time for the club off the field, as the new practice net is up and running, and practice will be every Tuesday evening from 6pm at the ground. We may be high in confidence but we are still low on numbers (this week’s win was with only nine men!), so if you would like to join the team, even if you have no experience, please come along. Players need to be at least 13 years old.

Contact club captain Matthew Stephens (07548 386387) if you would like any more information.

Scorecard for this week’s match:

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Sheepwash Times

Your Community Magazine

"Delivered free to 5,250 homes in Branston, Heighington, Washingborough, Branston Booth, Canwick and Potterhanworth... the Sheepwash Times is 'Your Community Magazine' ".

It might be their 'Community Magazine', but it certainly isn't ours... yet! The Sheepwash Times are kind enough to host some of our articles, but we are not included on their circulation list. You may like to see what the Editor had to say when I emailed him:

Original Enquiry

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 27 June 2015 14:58
Subject: Circulation - The Sheepwash Times

Hi Ben,
I am the chap behind the online Nocton blog and have just been given a copy of your community magazine.

I see you have published a number of articles relating to our village of Nocton in the magazine for July 2015/Issue No 79, but see that:
  1. Nocton is not mentioned on the front cover of the magazine, nor
  2. Do Nocton village residents appear to benefit from the circulation of this excellent publication.
For some years, Nocton has relied upon the Nocton ‘Doodle’ (a simple community leaflet) to keep updated with forthcoming events, or reports thereof. However, this is no longer to be supplied in ‘hard copy’ format. This leaves many residents bereft of local community news, although those with internet access can still view village news online.

You will see on my blog ‘Companion Sites’ that a number relate to businesses. If they were to see your excellent publication circulated around the village, you may gain some additional advertising revenue that will contribute to, or indeed cover, the costs of providing The Sheepwash Times to every household in Nocton. I’m not aware how you ensure deliveries, but there were local residents who used to hand deliver the Nocton Doodle… and who may pick up the mantle if your community magazine were to be made available here.

Please will you consider the viability of allowing Nocton village residents the opportunity to have a copy of The Sheepwash Times, even if it is only for a trial period of say 12 months. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.



From: Sheepwash Times
Sent: 30 June 2015 14:16
To: Geoff Hall
Subject: Re: Circulation - The Sheepwash Times

Hi Geoff,
It is something we are considering but the additional costs involved make it unlikely in the near future. It is not just the cost of the production and delivery of the 500ish copies required for Nocton but also the cost of additional pages to all copies of the Sheepwash Times caused by additional content. The likely cost is in the region of £500 per month in all and that will be a challenge to get from additional advertising at the moment.

Can I assume that, as you make no mention of it, the MACLA news is not that useful for Nocton? If so, would that be because it is only quarterly or does it not serve the village well?

I would like to be able to do something for Nocton at some point. Can I ask you which villages Nocton naturally groups with, in your opinion? It is always best to have an honest local view of how a village sees itself rather than us having to make judgements about which settlements go together.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Kind regards,
Ben Cann

My response

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 30 June 2015 15:12
To: 'Sheepwash Times'
Subject: RE: Circulation - The Sheepwash Times

Hi Ben,
Many thanks for your reply.

I can see why the costs of production may inhibit circulation, but you will probably see why your publication would be useful for our village, when I attempt to answer your further queries:
  • MACLA fulfils a certain need – which is incorporating Nocton with other local villages’ news – but as this is a quarterly publication, by the time it is circulated it is sometimes the case that events have passed and the content appears dated. Neither is it a colour publication. I must emphasize though, the Editor has been extremely supportive in agreeing to accommodate Nocton by incorporating our material and circulating the magazine to the village. 
  • I think our natural grouping is with the village of Potterhanworth. The two communities provide the backbone of the Nocton & District Women’s Institute (which meets in Nocton Village Hall every month). Furthermore, our Parish Council has formed a partnership with Potterhanworth Parish Council with the aim of developing a formal Neighbourhood Plan. Lastly… but not least, the congregations of both All Saint’s Church at Nocton and St Andrew’s at Potterhanworth are supported by many residents from the other village… and I believe there is also the Community Choir at St Andrew’s which is also supported by residents of Nocton.
N.B. there was an attempt to include Dunston village in a ‘closer working relationship’  to prepare a tri-village Neighbourhood Plan, but the offer was declined sadly. The only connection that remains, is with support to the occasional Dunston Twinning Association event… and the ‘Dunston Hub’ that is held once a month.

Hope this helps,


Friday, 3 July 2015

Nocton Fen Wind Farm - objections

Vattenfall E-newsletter 13 - reminder

"Nocton Fen Statutory Consultation continues following public events

Over 475 residents attended our local events last month to have their say as part of the Statutory Consultation on our proposed project at Nocton Fen. We are now over half way through the consultation period and encourage you to continue to get involved and give us your views before the consultation closes on Monday 20 July.

Information on display at our event at Potterhanworth Memorial Hall

A copy of the Preliminary Environmental Information, Non Technical Summary (NTS), Community Investment Booklet, our Statement of Community Consultation, and a Consultation Feedback Form is available in hard copy format at various locations. You can also have your say online where all of the information is available to download.

You are receiving this newsletter as you have registered your interest in Nocton Fen. To unsubscribe email
Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd, Abbey Warehouse, Abbey Slip, Penzance, TR18 4AR.
T: 0800 3777348, E: You can now follow us on Twitter @NoctonFen."

Local Objections - making your voice heard locally

"Dear All,

Following on from Vattenfall's open public events, we now move into a period where Vattenfall will finalise their application before submission in the first  part of 2016.  Though the Government will remove subsidies from new onshore wind farms, Vattenfall are very clear that they will press ahead with this application.

This is also the period where we need to start making our objections known. PNF took an exit poll at all public events (Nocton, Potterhanworth, Bardney, Metheringham, Dunston and Branston), and the results were very conclusive. Of 423 people asked as they left the events and who gave an answer, 84% were against the wind farm, 6% for and the rest were undecided (10%). So amongst the local community, it is very clear the this development is not wanted.

However, we have heard that some Parish Councils have not been contacted with the views of by their parishioners. At this first stage, it is important that the Parish Councils are aware of your objections from their parishioners, so we ask that as many people write to the Parish Councils via the Clerks to voice their objections.
This is only the first stage of objections, but it is an important one.  We will be writing to you later in the year to detail how else we can object.

Best wishes,

Stephen Phillips QC MP

'To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 June 2015, HC WS40, whether her Department plans to offer support under the enewables Obligation to the proposed Nocton Fen wind farm.'

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Nocton Fen Wind Farm - infrastructure

Infrastructure and Communications

Chapter 16 of the Preliminary Environmental Information assesses the impact on telecommunications, infrastructure and broadcast services.

I have concentrated on selecting those paragraphs which relate to the airwaves, rather than the 'hard' infrastructure, such overhead wiring, or underground piping/wiring.

Para 16.1.3: '... The results have shown there are National Grid pipelines, Anglian Water clean water pipes, Western Power Distribution electrical infrastructure and a number of microwave communication links both within the site and its close vicinity.'

Para 16.2.2: 'National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-3) is the overarching planning policy for NSIP wind farm applications... However, it makes no mention of the assessments required with regards to onshore wind farms and existing infrastructure, telecommunications and broadcast services.'

Para 16.2.4: '... Wind turbines can potentially affect electromagnetic transmissions (e.g. radio, television and phone signals)...'

Para 16.2.6: 'Since a large number of bodies use communications systems and some of the users are commercially sensitive or of strategic military importance, consultation with the relevant authorities/bodies is important...'

Para 16.3.20: 'It is known that wind turbines have the potential to adversely affect terrestrial reception up to a maximum distance of 5km (Ofcom, 2009). There are a number of properties within 5km of the Site, and so the potential for interference is established. However, all transmitters in the UK are now fully switched over to digital signals, which reduces the likelihood or interference with the television signal.'

Para 16.5.5: 'Wind farms can also affect electromagnetic signals...'

Para 16.5.7: 'An area has been identified (see Figure 1.4) for potential measures to mitigate effects on microwave links crossing the site... Consultation is still ongoing regarding the measures required...'

Para 16.7.11: '... Larger residential areas, such as Bardney and Nocton are approximately 1.75km away from the nearest turbines. It is therefore unlikely that a significant deterioration in signal would be experienced.'

Para 16.11.10: 'Discussions with JRC have led to the conclusion that 3 scanning links, and one fixed link will be affected unacceptably by the Project unless suitable mitigation is implemented. It has therefore been provisionally agreed by the Applicant will finance a technical solution to remove the interference...'

Para 16.11.12: 'In the unlikely event of a reduction in television reception quality occurring in the surrounding area, it is most likely to be noticed when the Project becomes operational... the Applicant will accept a Requirement to assess current television signals in advance of the construction of the Project and mitigate post-development problems with television reception arising where effects are attributable to it.'

Para 16.11.13: '... and to implement solutions in a timely manner so as to minimise any inconvenience to residents...'

Table 16.7 - 'A mixed solution is likely to be required which may include: Re-tuning some TVs to an alternative transmitter, which may overcome possible interference for some; and Providing an alternative form of reception, e.g. satellite dish or more powerful aerial.'

My thoughts

Although Para 16.7.11 indicates 'a significant deterioration' of  signal reception is 'unlikely', there is clearly potential for the wind turbines to affect terrestrial TV reception. If it does happen though, it has the potential of significantly disrupting the favourite pastime of watching 'telly'.

Any remedial actions should be taken quickly... by that I mean within 24 hours of the complaint being lodged. It is not satisfactory for people to be left hanging around with a poor TV service, paying out for a licence fee and not being able to watch their favourite programmes. Any costs of providing a remedy... and a replacement service, if the terrestrial option cannot be sorted... should be borne by the applicant.

The NPPF makes no mention of the assessments required with regard to wind farms and existing infrastructure, telecommunications and broadcast services. It can be seen here how it could impact on local residents - a policy paper should therefore be commissioned by HM Government without further delay to have a robust process in place should the 'unlikely' actually come to fruition.