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Wind turbines to wreck Gainsborough's gardens

"It is easy to say we live in such wonderful countryside we don't want wind turbines, but as responsible citizens we need to think about where should they go. It is not practical to have them all on the Yorkshire Moors and in the Scottish Highlands."

The town that fired the imagination of one of Britain's most famous artists is facing the prospect of having six huge wind turbines spoiling its famous views.

Horrified residents and local MPs are campaigning against BT's plan to install six 330ft turbines in Clare, Suffolk, birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough.

They say the structures will blight views and send property prices tumbling.

Conservative MP Matthew Hancock, whose West Suffolk constituency borders the site, said he had received scores of calls from worried residents.

He said: "These proposed wind turbines would dominate the local landscape celebrated in the paintings and destroy the centuries-old countryside.

"It is our duty to pass on to the next generation the beautiful environment we are lucky enough to live in. I will be campaigning for local people to have their say, and for the wind turbines to be rejected."

The proposal is part of BT's Wind For Change programme to generate 25 per cent of its electricity from on-shore wind farms by 2016.

Clare parish council chairman Keith Haisman said: "Wind turbines are never anybody's favourite thing to have on their doorstep. Everybody who has the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The town that fired the imagination of one of Britain's most famous artists is facing the prospect of having six huge wind turbines spoiling its famous views.

Horrified residents and local MPs are campaigning against BT's plan to install six 330ft turbines in Clare, Suffolk, birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough.

They say the structures will blight views and send property prices tumbling.

Conservative MP Matthew Hancock, whose West Suffolk constituency borders the site, said he had received scores of calls from worried residents.

He said: "These proposed wind turbines would dominate the local landscape celebrated in the paintings and destroy the centuries-old countryside.

"It is our duty to pass on to the next generation the beautiful environment we are lucky enough to live in. I will be campaigning for local people to have their say, and for the wind turbines to be rejected."

The proposal is part of BT's Wind For Change programme to generate 25 per cent of its electricity from on-shore wind farms by 2016.

Clare parish council chairman Keith Haisman said: "Wind turbines are never anybody's favourite thing to have on their doorstep. Everybody who has the opportunity to have them in their area says ‘No thank you' and quickly gets up a campaign against them but I would like to think we can have a debate in our town.

"It is easy to say we live in such wonderful countryside we don't want wind turbines, but as responsible citizens we need to think about where should they go. It is not practical to have them all on the Yorkshire Moors and in the Scottish Highlands."

Mr Hancock and South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo, whose constituency would house the wind farm, are organising a meeting in September.


Source: http://www.express.co.uk/po...

JUL 25 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/27436-wind-turbines-to-wreck-gainsborough-s-gardens
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