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'Outrageous' plan

SIR - As a keen bird watcher, I am a regular visitor to the Knowstone area and was alarmed at the proposal to put up massive wind turbines in the Batsworthy Cross area. The area is totally unsuitable for such a development. Has anyone considered how dangerous these structures would be to drivers on the busy A361? They would be an extremely hazardous distraction at such very close proximity.

SIR - As a keen bird watcher, I am a regular visitor to the Knowstone area and was alarmed at the proposal to put up massive wind turbines in the Batsworthy Cross area.

The area is totally unsuitable for such a development. Has anyone considered how dangerous these structures would be to drivers on the busy A361? They would be an extremely hazardous distraction at such very close proximity.

The wildlife is so abundant and diverse in this very special Culm area with all the designated sites in the area. The birdlife up there is wonderful - and I have seen flocks of 60-plus golden plovers on more than one occasion in the winter, flying over the fields, where I stumbled across the planning application notice.

I am very concerned about the impact these turbines would have on birds (and bats for that matter) since there are many raptors and other species in this area which are known to be killed by wind turbines.

If these turbines were put up, and I hope to goodness they will not because they are not efficient anyway as anyone with any common sense will... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

SIR - As a keen bird watcher, I am a regular visitor to the Knowstone area and was alarmed at the proposal to put up massive wind turbines in the Batsworthy Cross area.

The area is totally unsuitable for such a development. Has anyone considered how dangerous these structures would be to drivers on the busy A361? They would be an extremely hazardous distraction at such very close proximity.

The wildlife is so abundant and diverse in this very special Culm area with all the designated sites in the area. The birdlife up there is wonderful - and I have seen flocks of 60-plus golden plovers on more than one occasion in the winter, flying over the fields, where I stumbled across the planning application notice.

I am very concerned about the impact these turbines would have on birds (and bats for that matter) since there are many raptors and other species in this area which are known to be killed by wind turbines.

If these turbines were put up, and I hope to goodness they will not because they are not efficient anyway as anyone with any common sense will know, then I, for one, would not be coming to North Devon again because one of my favourite haunts would be spoilt.

Such a development is bound to have an effect on tourism and I pity all the victims of this preposterous proposal.

For those of your readers who care about wildlife, I implore you to make your voices heard to all concerned and object to this outrageous proposal.


Source: http://www.northdevongazett...

DEC 6 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/6156-outrageous-plan
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