I was glad to read in Nigel Waterson’s recent column that he wants a “bit of honesty in this important debate” about the location of a wind turbine at Glyndebourne.
As the chairman of one of the groups of “so called environmentalists” can I give a “bit of honesty”.
Firstly , we are in favour of alternative sources of energy such as wind turbines. It is just that we do not want them desecrating a beautiful and tranquil part of our rural heritage when they could easily be placed elsewhere, especially offshore.
Secondly, who “honestly” told Mr Waterson that it would “provide all the power needed for the opera season”?.
It will not, because the opera season starts in the spring and continues until autumn, during which time the wind is at its most inconsistent and intermittant and so is inefficient. During the period of greatest wind power, the winter, the opera house is closed.
The energy produced by the turbine will be sold to the National Grid and so will not actually be used by the opera house because they will have to buy energy back when they need it Thus it could be located anywhere and not in a place which will damage the beauty of Sussex.
If honesty is about getting the facts right, perhaps some honesty and an apology from Mr Waterson would be appropriate.
Roy Haycock, Chairman, Sussex branch, Campaign for The Protection of Rural England, Brownings Farm, Blackboys,
4 January 2008
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