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Wind farm protest grows

Town councillors in Camelford are the latest people to join the growing opposition to four giant wind turbines planned for Davidstow.

After hearing from the protest group STINC – Stop Turbines in North Cornwall – they rejected a planning application.

One councillor described the four 120-metre high wind turbines at Titch Barrow as a “blot on the landscape”.

Councillors voted eight to two to recommend the application be refused. They objected on aesthetic and archaeological grounds, what they called ‘the desecration of North Cornwall’ and the effect on the tourist industry.

The application will now go before North Cornwall District Council’s planning committee.

“It will be a blot on the landscape,” said Cllr Andy Shaw, who called for wave power to be investigated, particularly the strength of the local coastal waters.

Mayor Brian Lush said he felt the turbines were “too high” and said: “They will be seen from everywhere.”

Speaking after the meeting, Bob English, a member of STINC, who lives at Tremail, said: “The proposal is another attack by opportunist developers who wish us to believe the North Cornish countryside is suitable for large-scale industrial development.

“We find it hard to believe that a company would propose this development so close to Otterham where a similar development has been refused twice. To further add to the constant attack by developers there is another possible 20-turbine wind farm proposed for Davidstow Moor and the Crowdy reservoir area.

“Why should people have to constantly fight off these attacks? Otterham has had this hanging over them for 13 years. Will this be the same for the people of Davidstow and where next?”

“It is a prehistoric site,” said member Colin Caudery, who pointed out that Davidstow was also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, that barrows in the area were of national importance and that the site was highly visible.

William Arnold, another campaigner against the application, said: “It will make a mess of the whole area.”

Mr Arnold feared the ground on the site was not that stable due to the moorland peat and said many people from the area used Davidstow as a “pleasure area”.

“If they start putting these monstrosities up they will spoil the area,” said Mr Arnold.

In a statement the firm commented: “We only build wind projects where we will be good neighbours.

“We take responsibility for all our projects from beginning to end, managing site selection, planning, development, construction, maintenance and decommissioning.

“Our decisions are driven by good practice and acceptability, not just wind speeds and economics.”


12 September 2007