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Wind power plans blow away local democracy 

Credit:  Times & Star | www.timesandstar.co.uk 28 September 2012 ~~

Oh, the irony. As wind and rain rattled in across the coast this week, rows of turbines stopped turning.

It was too windy for them to be operated safely.

Not that this brought much relief to people in Seaton, which sits in prime turbine territory.

This hot topic – the argument for and against – has taken up many column inches in this newspaper over the years.

It is a subject, unlike some of the masts, that just keeps on turning.

The reason why many Seaton folk are agitated right now is that the go-ahead has just been given on appeal to a mast at Wythegill Syke.

What’s so special about this one? Well, its height at 303 feet, the cumulative impact on the landscape from yet another turbine, plus the fact that Allerdale council had already rejected the application.

The turbine will power Siddick’s Eastman Chemical plant, which may be a laudable aim.

But we have to question a decision that overrides local democracy.

Allerdale council, and our MP, have clearly stated that this area is now saturated with turbines, yet they keep on coming.

Scores of applications are still being made, ranging from large scale wind farms to a plethora of single masts on farmland.

Yet questions remain about the effectiveness of wind power.

It seems, unfortunately, that nothing can stop the relentless turning of the turbines – apart from the wind itself.

Source:  Times & Star | www.timesandstar.co.uk 28 September 2012

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