Those quality bloggers of Leabank Square have already set out the arguments for and against the Olympic Delivery Authority's proposal to plant a wind turbine on Hackney Marshes. The big upside would be a significant amount of profitable green energy generated for the borough: the Council claims that the combined output from a turbine on the Marshes and another that has already got the go ahead in Waltham Forest would be sufficient to power all "the main Council buildings" by day and all of Hackney's street lights at night. A reduction in carbon emissions would be another good outcome. The main problem, at least for some people, would be that the turbine would measure 120 metres in height. That's pretty vast, and would have a big impact on the skyline.
My initial reaction is to favour the idea, despite being a bit bothered by the size of the windmill and the fact that some of the East Marsh land surrounding it would have to be placed out of bounds. However, the latter isn't all that big and the Council has said (see here) that it would not reduce the number of football pitches (ten) that would be marked out there or impede its future sports development plans. And although I'm becoming a bit of a fogey about tall buildings - I've definitely taken against that thick finger of apartments jutting from Dalston Square - I find tall wind turbines rather graceful and beguiling.
Jules Pipe says that, "On balance, I think the wind turbine is a good idea," but adds, "if the public response to this is no, then it will not go ahead. This will not be forced through if residents don't want it." You can read more from him here. The Council has set up a number of consultation mechanisms (listed in full here). There's an online survey you can complete and an email address - firstname.lastname@example.org - to which you can send your views. Next month there are two consultation events - the first is at the Wally Foster next Monday from 3.00 till 7.30 - and six drop-in sessions at Hackney libraries. The consultation ends of 14 December. Full details here. There's also stuff about the wind turbine proposal along with an upbeat account of progress in and around the Olympic Park in the latest Hackney Today.
[P.S. I'm away for the rest of this half-term week and am unlikely to be online again before Sunday. This means that any comments probably won't be attended to until then. But please don't let that put you off.]