Wind Turbines: Statement by Derbyshire Dales Group


Since wind turbines –

1. are a means of generating electricity that is intermittent, expensive and can have no relevance to world climate change;

2. cause nuisance and distress for people living nearby, and have possibly harmful effects on health;

3. are imposed by the government under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, frequently in the face of strong local opposition, thereby overruling the decisions of democratically elected local authorities;

4. harm wildlife habitats;

5. damage tourism and hence the local economy;

6. entail the disfigurement of Britain’s finest landscapes; - for many people the country’s most precious asset, not only by the turbines themselves (described by Prince Charles as ‘monstrous blots on the landscape’), but also by the hundred of miles of pylons that will march across the uplands of Britain’s last remaining wilderness areas,

the Derbyshire Dales Group of the Ramblers’ Association gives its full support to -

- the CPRE in its backing for the House of Commons Early Day Motion 1031 (which calls for the amendment of section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989);

- the Association’s current campaign to secure the ending of the renewables obligation in its present form; and,

- the resolutions of the Association’s General Council in 1997 and 2002 against major wind
The Ramblers ' Association

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FEB 1 2006
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