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Wind farm construction traffic damaging country roads

I sympathise with Mary Snape’s letter concerning High Pow wind farm construction traffic damaging country roads and causing distress (The Cumberland News, December 1).

She is far from being alone in suffering this turmoil. It is happening all over Britain wherever wind energy development is despoiling the countryside.

Unfortunately environmental damage from heavy vehicles comes low in the league table of sins committed in the unpleasant world of wind farm construction.

The Irish wind farm landslide of October 2003 scored far higher points when a mega construction site of 72 turbines defiling the Slieve Aughty Mountains of Galway caused a massive mud slide.

Half a square kilometre of peat bog and soil slid more than a mile down a hill side and then carried on for a further 10 miles down a valley where it entered a loch and killed 100,000 fish.

A nice little environmental mess and so much for saving the planet.

A worst case scenario you may think, but this example of environmental vandalism could have implications for Cumbria if wind energy development were ever to be allowed on the North Pennines.

Any damage to the vast blanket peat bogs of this area could result in a similar disaster.

Malcolm MullettWigton

cumberland-news.co.uk