Archive for May 2014

Will be interesting to see if Skellefteå, Robertsfors or Umeå is first

Robertsfors, Umeå and Skellefteå are in a sticky place. They've got residents that don't want these wind turbines going up but they've got the opportunity to make a bit of money.

What do they do; support residents and say no to these or ignore residents and allow them to be built? 

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Something positive about Skellefteå

Just on my way to bed and it dawned on me that I've written too many posts this past week out of frustration and it maybe gives the wrong impression of Skellefteå. And just because it feels like, at the moment anyway, the kommun is stood over the village and is just taking a huge dump, there are things to write about that are pretty cool.

One of those things is the direct flight from Skellefteå to Stansted and because I'm English, I'm not going to refer to it as London Stansted as it's a long way from London, even if you can get a direct train. Still, it's close enough.

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Surprised to shocked to dismayed, all in a few minutes. Well done Skellefteå!

I don't know where to start this post, so I figure I'll just write it as it happened, as it seems to be the most sensible place.

I went to the football pitch earlier to help the clean up after winter; picking up branches and making a pile. Things were fun and it was nice to see so many people from the village out helping. It was basically refreshing, that as a small community, people come out and help. It's one of the best things about living in Bygdsiljum.

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Poll results: Do the people that live in Bygdsiljum actually want this wind farm to surround Bygdsiljum?

I put a poll up on the Bygdsiljum homepage recently asking a simple question; do you want this wind farm around Bygdsiljum. The results actually surprised me.

The results surprised me because when you initially speak to people about it, it's 2 to 1 against. These numbers suggest that actually, it's more. But when you speak to people, some don't know that this isn't the kommun and that they're only granting permission for the cash.

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Rock, hard place and covert operations

Skellefteå kommun surprised a few people when plans for the wind farm to surround Bygdsiljum were announced. And even though I know it's not the kommun directly putting these up and that even their own energy company are not exactly investing heavily in this form of energy creation, the kommun do decide where these can be placed and give permission.

I think the surprise came because nobody knew about it and the people telling us about them a few weeks ago as good as said this was happening, without real consultation.

I suspect also, although I'm not sure, the kommun are also making money from this. In fact, I can only see that as the reason for doing this and I think that makes it even worse.

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