Every normal person is aware of the need to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.We also have a moral duty to preserve the environment in this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This certainly applies to sustaining a stability between animals, birds, bats and insects, which have a right of existence.
Upton Cross is close to the River Lynher, a natural region for wildlife. This area is teeming with Canada and Barnacle Geese, swans, wildfowl, dippers, kingfishers, ducks of varying variety, finches, Tawny and Little Owls, buzzards, hawks, seasonal swifts and swallows, and many other species including Pipistrelle and Horseshoe bats and also heron. These latter three are protected by law. To kill, maim or disturb them, is a criminal offence.
Currently, a planning application is in progress for the installation of a huge 80 metre wind turbine on the highest contour of nearby Redland Down. This area is directly in the flight path of many birds, that inhabit the west and north estuarine. It is widely accepted that in flight, large birds such as heron, geese, and swan, are easily blown off from their flight path by cross winds.
Such a huge wind turbine will act as a cruel mincing machine to passing wildlife, causing death or agonising injury to these creatures.
In addition, this proposed turbine is in one of three local bat feeding areas. To construct a huge concrete base to support such a turbulent massive structure, will upset the whole balance of nature.
It is regrettable that a publication relevant to the virtues of wind turbines has been partial to their favour. Perhaps Cornwall’s lead member for the environment and heritage, and the school, should embark on a less biased opinion.
14 May 2008
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