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‘Concrete monstrosities vandalising our moors’ – Holmfirth painter Ashley Jackson hits out at growth of wind turbines  

Credit:  By Robert Sutcliffe | Huddersfield Examiner | 31 December 2013 | www.examiner.co.uk ~~

The moors are famously his cathedrals.

But now Yorkshire’s most famous artist, Ashley Jackson, has hit out at the despoiling of them by the growing prevalence of wind turbines.

Mr Jackson, Holmfirth’s best-known resident, says he has opposed their introduction from the very first day.

He said: “I go up on the moors regularly and there are fewer and fewer skylarks and curlews. They are always being sucked into these awful things.

“They are concrete monstrosities vandalising our moors but they make some people a lot of money.

“And I have a certain sympathy for the farmers who permit them on their land. I can understand why they do so and if I was in their position I would do the same.

“I’m afraid nuclear energy will have to come back and I would like to see more focus on sea power.”

He says he is a big fan of the celebrity environmentalist, Prof David Bellamy, and says he told him many years ago about the impact of volcanoes on the environment.

Mr Jackson said: “He told me the recent volcano that erupted in Iceland a few years ago would set us back 2,000 years.

“These wind turbines are several times bigger than Castle Hill’s Victoria Tower and they are desecrating the moors. Public opinion is against them but what can you do?”

Although wind turbines are often thought of as a modern invention, their history goes back to 200BC with the first recognisable type created in the ancient nation of Persia, known in more recent years as Iran. As successive UK governments have tried to decrease the country’s reliance on energy needs from fossil fuels, the number of wind turbines littering our landscapes has shot up considerably as generous subsidies.

From Todmorden on the edge of West Yorkshire to Birdsedge they almost invariably provoke protests from local residents who fear the impact on house prices and other concerns from them catching fire and toppling over to various alleged health risks.

And the debate still rages as to how efficient they are with many critics complaining they are sometimes so much hot air.

Source:  By Robert Sutcliffe | Huddersfield Examiner | 31 December 2013 | www.examiner.co.uk

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