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Your news article with reference to Delabole wind farm and its repowering plans led me to visit their open days to view the display of their intentions.

With much credit to Good Energy, they have been (or so they say) collecting the views of all residents in order to decide the best way ahead. I was informed that they will reduce the ten turbines they now have to four but, of course, they will produce more power, providing the wind blows over 30mph to reach full capacity. That will only be 1 or 2 per cent of a year.

The disadvantage is that they will be 344 feet high as opposed to 164 feet. At present the turbines can be seen from 15 miles away, so I assume the new ones would be seen from 30 miles.

With regard to the short distance views to Brown Willy and Rough Tor, fewer turbines and wider spaced will be more acceptable, and if they keep turbines away from the B3314 roadside, there will not be as many accidents as over the past 17 years.

I had a friend from Newquay who was visiting North Cornwall for a tourism meeting on a November evening. It was dark and rather misty, and he was not aware of the turbines so close to the road.

He suddenly saw a white rotating blade, which gives you the effect of something coming across the road. He braked and swerved, but hit the hedge, seriously damaging his car.

The traffic police in North Cornwall have always stated that “there have been more accidents on that stretch of the road since the turbines went up than ever previously recorded”.

The presentation was good, complete with a pretty young lady and refreshments that were rather dry.

The usual sprinkling of green monsters were revelling in their fantasy land, but with the most fuel-guzzling vehicles parked outside, just about sums up the atmosphere of the Community Rooms.

And for what? New, huge turbines higher than Truro Cathedral, which is 250 feet, and still not enough power to run one Eurostar train from London to Paris.

The best statements they made were “the new turbines are not noisy, and they are reducing the number as they are not a greedy company”.

I assume then that the old turbines are noisy, even though it has always been stated that they are not, and that they accept that the wind industry developers are greedy, even if they think they are not.

Without subsidies from the taxpayer, and included in electricity bills, they would probably not exist at all.

Their own admissions on these points were a breath of fresh air.

Alan J Nunn

Realistic Energy Forum SW St Austell

Western Morning News

26 February 2008

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