Once again I find myself taking issue with Martin Bell the dictator-lover of Port Isaac. After his rant in support of the dictatorial regime of Saudi Arabia he moves on to the “proposed massive wind farm on Davidstow Moor” with equal eloquence.
I almost dismissed his letter with disdain, then rather worryingly wondered if anyone who had not been to the area might believe his words.
By anyone’s judgment the proposed development is in totally the wrong place.
Davidstow Moor is a much-valued local amenity, used by both locals and visitors. It is an extremely sensitive area and should be protected as such.
It has some of the finest sunrises, sunsets and highest landscape and ecological value in Cornwall.
Davidstow Moor and Crowdy Reservoir are special, magical places with an ever-changing sense of light and space that we can all appreciate.
They are not the “trashed” places of Mr Bell’s warped imagination. The views to and from Rough Tor and Brown Willy would be destroyed by this obscene industrial development.
Both Davidstow Moor and Crowdy are well-known sites for birds, attracting many scarce and rare ones, especially waders on their spring and autumn migration.
Another avian attraction is the winter starling roost, when literally millions of birds sweep over in spectacular flocks to roost in the trees.
How sad if we were to lose all this. If we cannot save this area, then nowhere in Cornwall is safe from wind farm development.
I would strongly suggest that Mr Bell should actually look at the developers’ location plans for the turbines. Then even he will agree with me that money-grabbing, opportunistic companies must not be allowed to despoil Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
1 January 2008
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