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The Ramblers Association has vowed to fight planning applications for windfarms

RAMBLERS across Cumbria are to join forces in the fight against wind turbines as part of a national campaign to stop their march across the countryside. The move is in direct contrast to calls from other groups such as Greenpeace, who support windfarm developments. Mike Murgatroyd, secretary of the west Cumbria group of the Ramblers Association, said: “Ramblers, in common with a lot of other groups, appreciate the countryside and don’t want to see it despoiled. “I think they are a blight on the landscape, wherever they are.”
21 Sep 2006

We don't want wind farm blotting our landscape - Villagers mount crusade against monstrosities

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm near Harrold have stirred up a storm of protest. BLOT, the Bozeat, Lavendon and Harrold Oppose the Turbines protest group, was formed in January with 100 members and the aim to oppose the controversial proposals. And last month energy giant npower, part of the German-owned RW Energy Group, submitted an official planning application to Bedford Borough Council for 16 wind turbines, measuring 125m in height and with blades 90m long, at a site bordered by the three villages.
15 Sep 2006

but more areas are under threat

TWO of Perthshire’s most scenic areas would be “despoiled” if developers get the green light for two massive wind farm projects, a local protest group claimed yesterday. Jill Wilson, chairman of the Amulree and Strathbraan Windfarm Action Group (ASWAG), was speaking on the eve of a public inquiry into two highly contentious windfarm planning bids – one near Dunkeld, the other near Aberfeldy. Both have attracted an avalanche of objections – an unprecedented 1060 letters, with only 13 in favour, were received by council planners regarding a proposal by Green Power to erect 68 turbines at Griffin Forest, almost two miles north-west of Dunkeld. And 783 submissions were received, with just one in support, following plans lodged by I&H Brown Ltd. for 27 turbines at Calliacher, three miles south of Aberfeldy.
15 Sep 2006

Take an Ike: allies fight wind farm threat at Scottish White House

The granddaughter of General Dwight D Eisenhower, who led the allied forces to victory in the Second World War, has linked up with the National Trust for Scotland to see off a serious threat to the landscape around the castle that became his Scottish home. A wind farm company has submitted plans to build 15 turbines on the hill that overlooks Culzean Castle, the 18th-century Robert Adam masterpiece owned by the trust on the Ayrshire coast. Its magnificent top-floor apartment was given by its former owner to Eisenhower at the end of the war to thank the US general for the part he played in commanding Scottish troops and defeating the Nazi menace.
10 Sep 2006

Ministers refuse wind farm plan

Plans by a US energy company to build a wind farm in Perthshire have been refused by Scottish ministers. Catamount Energy applied for consent to build the 24-turbine development at Abercairny, near Crieff. The Scottish Executive has agreed with the findings of a public inquiry that the wind farm would have a "significant adverse impact" on the environment.
8 Sep 2006

Officials accused of bypassing rural safeguards in development drive

The supposed defenders of the British countryside are dodging and defying their own rules to permit development in beauty spots, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Weakened planning laws have opened the way to new roads, quarrying, wind farms and other invasions of wild landscapes, in spite of a battery of legal measures intended to protect plant and animal life as well as peaceful solitude.
30 Aug 2006

Greatest threat yet to England's 'jewels in the crown'

England's nationally protected landscapes are under the greatest threat from development in their history, a report claimed yesterday. National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), both set up by previous Labour governments, are the victims of an assault on the rules under the eye of the present one, says the report by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). Such "jewels in the crown" as the Lake District, Peak District and Northumberland national parks, the Lincolnshire Wolds, Kent Downs and Dorset areas of outstanding natural beauty are all on a threat list drawn up by campaigners.
30 Aug 2006

The winds of change

In years to come the summit could well offer close-up views of the pointlessly spinning giant turbines, the windmills of a spin-addicted government that chooses to ignore the growing evidence that this kind of renewable is next to useless in terms of combating carbon gas emissions...... Global warming is a real threat and carbon gas emissions must be reduced, but the demise of Scotland’s greatest asset, her glorious and internationally- loved landscape, is surely not the way forward. Go to Carn an Fhreiceadain and enjoy its views while you can.
27 Aug 2006

Developers welcome wind farm study

The study identified a number of scenarios based on differing levels of potential, ranging from 70MW to 240MW. The preferred scenario identifies the consultant's preferred scale and pattern of development in the Harwood Forest/ Knowesgate area. This indicates that on the basis of landscape capacity, cumulative impact and the identification of three preferred development areas, the study area could accommodate around 100MW of wind energy development.
10 Aug 2006

SNH warning over new wind farms

WIND-FARM developers are mainly avoiding sites that would have a significant impact on fragile landscapes and wildlife, according to a report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). But the environmental agency yesterday warned that the aim of avoiding potential conflicts between renewable-energy developments and heritage-sensitive sites will become more difficult to achieve in the drive to reach the Scottish Executive's target of producing 40 per cent of the country's energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
3 Aug 2006
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