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Windfarm appeal

"Tourism is vitally important to this area. The impact these monstrous structures will have on our landscape could deter visitors. "If we do not object to these developments the whole of west Cumbria could soon be covered in turbines. "These will be visible from Broughton, Brigham and the surrounding area - they will not just effect the immediate area around Tallentire. "Please be prepared to act in the coming weeks to object to this proposal. The numbers of objectors do count."
17 Oct 2007

Landowners oppose green energy plans

An energy company's bid to site two giant wind turbines on the outskirts of Lowestoft has been strongly opposed by the family which owns an historic 6,700-acre country estate nearby. ...The estate has employed the services of expert consultants The Landscape Partnership (TLP) to fight its corner and the report added: "In TLP's assessment, the proposed turbines would contrast with the character of the AONB and the sense of tranquillity and timelessness that is typical of the local area."
16 Oct 2007

MP backs protest group - but spells out the challenges ahead

VILLAGERS battling to prevent a wind farm being built near their homes have received a boost after Boston's MP pledged his support for their cause. But Mark Simmonds left a meeting of the Sibsey Turbine Onshore Protest (STOP) group in no doubt as to the scale of the task ahead as members try to prevent the Needham Wind Farm project becoming a towering reality. ..."We would all support making a meaningful contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases through increasing renewable energy, but in a flat Fenland landscape, with the sorts of wind speeds you get round here? "This is not the right place to put wind farms."
12 Oct 2007

Garden to lead fight against turbines bid

ONE of the North-East's biggest visitor attractions is to lead the fight against plans for a wind farm in Northumberland. And the Duchess of Northumberland's Alnwick Garden will be backed by other tourism favourites, including the Chillingham Wild Cattle park and possibly Alnwick Castle - the home she shares with the Duke of Northumberland. ... "The garden is concerned that the sheer scale of the development may discourage visitors to the Alnwick area - these visitors freely express the pleasure they feel when enjoying the fantastic natural and historic landscapes of Northumberland together with the coastal area of natural beauty and the Northumberland National Park."
2 Oct 2007

The turbine companies who really don't give a damn

Why should these massive, noisy and ugly industrial monsters be allowed to be sited so close to our homes? ... Little, if any, consideration is given to local people's views. Occasionally the companies involved might offer a presentation, staffed by slick professional salespeople, or they try to sweeten the locals with perhaps a new community centre or maybe a playground, when actually this money has already come out of our pockets in electricity bills or via our taxes in the form of subsidies. They are frankly little more than latter-day carpetbaggers, mainly from the south, coming to rape our countryside.
28 Sep 2007

Assembly's fear on wind farms

Phil Jones, planning manager at the NEA [North East Assembly] Phil Jones, planning manager at the NEA, warned the combined sites, along with the 10 turbines planned for Moorsyde, could create "a wind farm landscape". His reports adds: "Wind energy development could interrupt the openness of the landscape to some extent and would form a dominant focus in a landscape with a strong rural character."
21 Sep 2007

Photo mock-up of wind farm 'extremely dubious'

Nigg and Shandwick Community Council chairman Richard Cross described the photomontages as "extremely dubious" and queried why a request for copies was refused. He said, "Why? Could it be that the images do not stand scrutiny? "They insist on referring to this development as 'small scale' but capable of supplying 6,000 houses. The Nigg and Shandwick Community Council area contains approximately 175 houses, 30 of which will be within one mile of the wind turbines.
14 Sep 2007

Trawden turbine plan thrown out

WIND turbines should not be placed on Trawden's hillsides because they will "ruin" the area for tourists, councillors said. In a u-turn from Pendle Council's policy to champion individual electricity generation, plans for a 15m turbine at Cemetery House, Boulsworth Hill, were rejected after senior members complained the landscape would be "destroyed."
10 Sep 2007

MP backs Crook Hill wind farm protesters

"There is a real concern about a number of issues. Not least of which how the local roads in Shore could cope during the construction phase. These are expensive symbols without doing much to contribute to the nation's energy supply. They will destroy the South Pennine environment that we all benefit from. I welcome Paul's support who will take this debate about renewables further in Parliament."
10 Sep 2007

The map revealing the eyesores and noise wrecking our rural communities

From the roar of aircraft to the drone of giant wind turbines, it is getting harder to find peace and quiet in the countryside. ...Since the early 1990s, around 320 square miles of tranquil countryside has been lost every year - the equivalent to an area the size of Greater London every two years. At this rate the remaining 50 per cent of undisturbed countryside in England could be blighted by 2087.
9 Sep 2007
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