Following the capacity attendance at the Swinford wind-farm meeting, a number of eminent professionals have volunteered their services in opposition to a proposal to build nine super-massive turbines close to the village.
Nuon, which has proposed the scheme, has produced an environmental-impact report which, according to a number of eminent scrutineers, is stuffed with ballast and repetition.
The development is sited on land housing several sensitive animal species, medieval village foundations and rights of way – all of which will face destruction if the scheme goes ahead.
Nuon is a Dutch company which appears to have chosen British sites for its operations because our Government is less stringent than Holland in its resistance to super-massive turbine development.
Very little research has been done on the effects of 400ft turbines which dwarf the familiar pylons.
It is irresponsible of our Government to subsidise and support schemes which have potentially devastating consequences to the health and wellbeing of people and the environment.
The plans do not represent viable alternatives to conventional energy supply and destroy vast tracts of land which, on this tiny island, already overstretched by population, we cannot afford to lose.
The irreparable damage represented by the sheaf of development proposals handed in to councils all over Britain for super-massive turbines cannot be imagined.
We will lose an unprecedented amount of wild landscape to the greed of developers who can contribute nothing of real value to the energy supply and who are determined only to reap the profits volunteered by government subsidy and the price they can command (three times higher than conventional electricity) for their energy provision to the national grid.
Nothing about super-massive turbines is environmentally friendly.
Many people, previously in favour, have changed their minds once in possession of the facts.
Seek the facts.
If the evidence is against these proposals, contact the action group, or phone me on 01788 860879, so that you can help fight this threat
Kathy Ratcliffe, Swinford.
5 May 2008
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