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Wind turbine plans give no thought to the wildlife  

More wind turbines are set to crawl across our rural vistas adding to the blight facing North Devon and Cornwall.

Like boils on the Mona Lisa, these behemoths mar the canvas.

Wind farms are proposed near Bulkworthy, Crimp and Wheelers Cross, which, given the proximity to Bradworthy, could result in 11 turbines gesturing obscenely to each other.

Meanwhile, given the appalling government secrecy surrounding the decision to light up 22 approved wind sores at Fullabrook Down, NDC is seeking a judicial review to quash the overall decision.

Rackenford and district face the prospect of 26 giant, whirling reminders that this type of energy production sucks prosperity from the consumer, enriches the developers and impoverishes the landscape with scarcely a thought for ecological damage.

Residents of the Denbrook Vale had anguish thrust upon them by another government Inspector. He approved nine turbines among a multitude of designated wildlife sites choosing to impose unwanted noise upon nearby homes. Perhaps if it were his house the decision would have been different.

Great Torrington will shortly gaze upon three at Darracott. Locals can anticipate the low frequency noise emitted, as can the fish in the adjacent reservoir from which there is no escape.

Wildlife protection laws are circumnavigated. Why have legislation safeguarding all UK bats if a host of wind turbines is permitted alongside their roosts, knowing some of the creatures will be killed?

This is what was decided at both Darracott and Denbrook Inquiries. Will the Crimp Inquiry differ? Not if the developers have their way. They think creation of a small energy supply must take priority. There’s little money in bat preservation, but plenty from Renewable Energy Obligation Certificates.

Birds are equally unimportant. The Fullabrook Inspector decided that, provided an artificial feeding ground was introduced, the golden plover (a European conservation species) could be displaced.

Never mind, they can run the gauntlet of 66 rotor blades when flying from the estuary to their new habitat. What happens if they choose their old feeding grounds because they haven’t read the report?

Wind proponents claim a need for clean energy. The government’s policy platform rests on this premise. Yet no matter how ‘clean’ the supply it can still be used to create pollutants. How ironic that wind turbine energy produces electricity used to smelt materials that release noxious gases that wind turbines are supposed to prevent!

IVAN BUXTON,

Quoditch,

Devon

Western Morning News

3 January 2008

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