[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Key question on impact of wind farms  

The Great North-East wind farm debate has already generated a great deal of comment – and now surveys and statistics are being thrown into the mix.

Tourist chiefs in Northumberland fear the rush to erect hundreds of the giant pylons in the region represents a significant threat to the county’s natural beauty.

The fear is, in a nutshell, that they could drive away visitors – and their spending power.

That stance follows research carried out by VisitScotland which revealed 38% of visitors felt wind farms spoiled the scenery and 26% said they would be less likely to visit an area if wind farms were developed.

Those statistics will have many people nodding their heads in agreement.

One exception is the British Wind Energy Association – which represents wind farm developers – which says it has extensive research showing that turbines play a positive role in attracting visitors.

In fact, it is being argued, they become “tourist attractions in their own right”.

Many will find that a difficult concept to grasp but, accepting it for a moment, it also raises a question.

How long will this situation last once their novelty value wears off – as it undoubtedly will.

In tourism terms one key question needs to be addressed.

Are we putting at risk a perfectly viable, and potentially lucrative business to accommodate something which is still the subject of intense debate?

That is the question being raised by Northumberland Tourism – the agency set up this year to promote the county’s visitor industry.

And it is a perfectly valid one.

Northumberland’s greatest natural resources are its landscape, coastline and historic sites – but they are delicate assets.

The agency wants to be closely involved in the planning process – and rightly so.

This process is already under scrutiny over the fact that a majority of the projects planned in the North-East will not be decided by locally accountable planners.

They will be decided by civil servants in London who work for a Government desperate to prove its green credentials.

And that could be very bad news for the North-East tourist business.

Need for clear communication

Parents in Northumberland are concerned over plans to re-locate their children’s school, fearing the new site will not be up to scratch.

The local authority says they have nothing to worry about.

Only time will tell who is proved right over Burnside First School in Cramlington but – given the huge changes to come because of the controversial switch to a two-tier system – this incident does show the need for clear, open lines of communication.


By The Journal

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.