If you think it’s a good idea to cheapen the shop window of the Northern Lakes, with the construction of nine 335ft steel wind turbines on Berrier Hill, adjacent to the Lake District National Park and overlooking Blencathra – ask yourself this; how many businesses, or agencies, do you think will use a photograph of the wind farm in their promotional literature?
I suspect hardly any – because instinctively you, and they, know industrial wind turbines do not attract visitors or tourists to the Lakes.
Admittedly it’s not just Wordsworth and daffodils that bring tourists flocking there, but perception is everything, and if you damage the Lake District Gold Standard with a steel noose of wind farms around the neck of Cumbria, you risk killing the goose that lays the proverbial eggs.
There is an undeniable magic in the air when you travel up the M6 to Cumbria, it is an oasis in a desert of mediocrity.
To obscure this stardust with a windfarm on the A66 – which is one of the main arterial routes into the Northern Lakes and West Cumbria – would sadden the heart of a weary traveller, and close their eyes to the special magic of the Northern Fells, and the Eden Valley.
The outstanding natural beauty of the English Lake District is your life blood.
So protect your inheritance, use your imagination, and say no to Berrier Hill Wind Farm.
DR JANE COOPER
29 October 2007
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