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Well done to planners over new wind turbine

Well, congratulations to Mendip District Council.

On July 18, their planning board unanimously rejected an application to wreck this part of the Mendip Hills by seeking to build a 160 foot wind turbine alongside the beautiful Maesbury Castle.

The input from English Heritage certainly helped too.

As did this newspaper which featured Action Against Turbines on the Mendips on your front page recently.

Those councillors who spoke did so sensibly and in a manner which well reflected the concerns of local folk.

Councillors avoided the trap of speaking in politically correct gobbledegook or those mis-information phrases beloved of the Department For Climate Change.

So well done.

Those who did not do so well were the Mendip Society (which claims still to be deciding on its wind turbine policy) and Somerset Wildlife Trust (which has chosen not to have a wind turbine policy).

I am currently a member of both these organisations but will look critically at their worth at renewal time.

Finally a special mention for Savills, who acted as agents for the original proposal for a turbine, who seem to think they can run with the fox and hunt with the hounds.

They currently have around a dozen properties for sale in the area with descriptions such as “wonderful sylvan and secluded setting” and at the same time are seeking to wreck the landscape with wind turbines.

You can draw your own conclusions.

Barry Harding

Doulting