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Campaigners for and against wind turbines come face to face in Truro

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: October 19, 2013

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Campaigners for and against wind turbines and solar energy came face to face during separate demonstrations on Truro’s Lemon Quay.

Residents from across Cornwall, including members of the Green Party and Friends of the Earth, turned out carrying placards carrying anti and pro renewable energy messages.

Those joining the rally against such schemes claimed they were ruining the county’s unique landscape.

They argued turbines, many hundreds of metres tall, were too noisy and had a detrimental impact on people living nearby. Others claimed solar farms took up too much land.

St Endellion residents joined the demonstration upset at a 25,000 solar panel 40 acre scheme at Treswarrow Farm in Port Isaac, close to the Grade 1 English Heritage listed St Endellion Church.

Farmer, Mark Symons, of Trevanthon Farm, St Endellion and St Endellion Parish Council objected to the plans because of the loss of agricultural land.

Clean Earth Energy Limited (CEE), which submitted the application says it will provide a community fund of £6,000 per year for the 20 years; worth £120,000 in total, that the solar farm is expected to operate. A committee will be established to distribute the fund annually, to worthy causes within the local community.

Also on the Lemon Quay were campaigners bearing leaflets saying ‘ Please in my Back Yard’. They arrived in force to back renewable technology, which Chris Jones, of Ladock and Grampound Road Transition Group, said was long overdue.

Speaking at the end of yesterday's rally he said: “We are here to hand out cake and to gage peoples’ views on renewable energy.

“Cornwall needs to dramatically reduce its Co2 emissions. Cornwall needs to own the renewable energy we produce here.”

He also gave his support to Cornwall Council’s project to look at installing solar farms on its own land, including a site near Newquay airport.

Tim Andrewes, Green Party Cornwall Councillor, backed the demonstration in support of clean energy saying it would build a better future for our children: "The development of renewable energy sources in Cornwall is helping to strengthen the local economy by creating new jobs and wealth. It's really important that Cornwall doesn’t turn its back on these exciting developments, so it’s great to see that local people are standing up to be counted in support of clean energy.”

He also highlighted that following the recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change, that "the need to switch away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources has never been clearer."

Newquay Town councillor, Steve Slade, recognised that local communities were frustrated and felt their “wishes were being ignored by the planning process, as with the St Dennis residents campaign against the incinerator.”

He believed a dialogue needed to be opened up between conservation groups from all parts of the political spectrum, while discussing the huge benefits of the renewable energy sector to Cornwall.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  October 21 2013, 5:34PM

    What's uglier? Wind turbines across the Cornish landscape or the awful boxes that pass for 'housing' which are becoming an increasing feature of town and village landscape across Cornwall to support a growing population moving in? Ironically, the more the population grows the more energy sources Cornwall will need. It cannot rely on London for its energy. The first sign of power rationing and it will be the far south west that suffers, not London and the south east. Internationally now, we will rely on unsafe nuclear sponsored by foreign powers. With public spending being screwed down on for at least the next 10 years and the cost of energy to the consumer going up because of privatisation; the local generation of renewable energt from a range of sources has never been so important. Community and business ownership can bring income (where Councils no longer have any money to spend) and energy security. Farmers can diversify and subsidise other areas of their business with renewables.

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  • letigre  |  October 21 2013, 4:06PM

    Having just read the paper covering this article I now see Adrian Lea in the center of the pro-renewable demo photo. Our ex-Cornwall natural resources team now working for local wind developer/consultancy, who are also peddling bringing back massive opencast tin mining to mid-Cornwall. How environmentally excellent and "green" this will all be for Cornwall and the hundreds of extra trucks trundling around the county. Do FOE condone this too? They all seem very chummy in this photo. FOE still haven't cottoned on that wind farms cause global warming/local climate change as they steal the earths surface winds and are going to directly cause the extinction of several bird species. Great work all – millions of giant fans across the globe. And now offering support to heavy metals industry in Cornwall, I really never will understand this group. http://tinyurl.com/oetylwv Dodgy EI assessment – now where have we heard that before? http://tinyurl.com/oz4l48l

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  • ilikecornwall  |  October 21 2013, 12:08PM

    There is a farmer up road from me who has a wind turbine a few hundred meters from his house. Both the house and the turbine are right next to the A30. He shuts it down at night so he and his family can get some sleep. Must cost him a fortune in lost tariff.. well worth it though for the health and wellbeing of his family no doubt. Most other folks do not have the luxury to shut down wind farms and turbines that have been sited too close to their homes. At least not without a fight.

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  • letigre  |  October 21 2013, 11:50AM

    You quoted Simon Chapman – hysterical. The - I live under the Syndey flight path and this causes no noise problems, so shut up and put up with industrial wind turbines outside your bedroom - man from Oz. But wait – Sydney airport has a noise curfew doesn't it Simon? No fights are allowed at night, hence no noise, hence no noise nuisance at night. Next.

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  • ilikecornwall  |  October 21 2013, 11:42AM

    @ Jenna ... "was not there to support anyone making a tonne of money" ... I'm happy to believe you but I'm sorry to say that inadvertently you were. Perhaps you should be more careful of the company you keep. In the process you helped undermine, divert and pervert genuine efforts to raise awareness of the need for Cornwall to get a grip and formulate a more cohesive, effective, fair and responsible plan for the development of our onshore wind and solar recourses that doesn't trample all over innocent people and randomly over-industrialise the county along the way... as has been the case so far. It is something that should be easy to all agree on and be working towards as a matter of urgency as it is long overdue and is a compounding problem... and I believe that thankfully some folks on both sides did agree on this as has been reported in other, less biased articles than this one above. If the genuine folks can get past the blinkered approach that everyone must be polar opposites then we may just find that we have a goal that is common ground and make some progress. The only ones that would really be so be staunchly in favour of the current format of reckless development are those that are developing and getting rich. But hey, no... lets have no plan, no clue and lets just leave it to fat cat developers to kick back laughing at us all from their tax haven offices whilst they throw darts at maps of Cornwall, prospecting for new 'suitable' industrial wind farm development sites. Lets not even consider any attempt to agree on anything sensible and work positively towards what is best for all... lets just try and pick a fight even if it means diverting the local issue at hand to something else.

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  • johndavies  |  October 21 2013, 1:12AM

    @dtreth I live near a nuclear plant & 2 windfarms. Aesthetically;- both are ugly, but the windfarms cover 2,000 acres & fill the horizon. the power station covers 50 acres & disappears behind a plant pot in my window. Noise wise:- no probs from either. Power output:- Power station = huge amounts 24/7/365 (except maintenance shutdowns) Wind farms = small amounts, unpredictable & intermittent (often no wind) So if we relied on 'renewables' we would be without power 80% of the time.

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  • ilikecornwall  |  October 21 2013, 12:00AM

    Anyone can pick out links to online articles for or against 'wind turbine syndrome' all day long ... it is clearly a topic up for debate and all the usual suspects will continue to generate propaganda on one side or another... and round and round it goes. However, It has nothing to do with a large turbine being sited so close to someones home that they can ACTUALLY HEAR the rotor tip modulation in every room in the house. It sounds like a jet trying to take of every split second and can be heard upwind as well as downwind. The very nature of that constant noise is enough to drive anyone up the wall but even if it doesn't, it will without a doubt impact on sleep in the quietest hours and that in turn seriously impacts health. We all need sleep, it is a basic human right. That NOISE has nothing to do with 'wind turbine syndrome' or whether someone a mile or five away is or is not suffering any strange ill effects that someone decides to label a 'syndrome'. It is not a case of how many decibels, it is the nature of the noise, the sound... something that is actually heard. It is straight forward noise nuisance... there is no mystery to it, no 'syndrome'. Unfortunately for the victims there is also no effective protection either as ETSU decibel manipulation is outdated and poorly implemented and there is no restriction in England on how close a wind turbine can be built next to someone's home. Unlike civilised countries.

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  • ThisJenna  |  October 20 2013, 11:49PM

    To ILikeCornwall - I can assure you that I believe in renewables and was not there to support anyone making a tonne of money. However, regarding energy generation, did you ever complain about oil/gas/nuclear investment/subsidy? Planning is important and I wonder if you opposed fracking sites?

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  • infocpc  |  October 20 2013, 11:11PM

    Interesting article about the nocebo effect in the epidemiology of 'wind farm syndrome' http://tinyurl.com/8metjyo

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  • letigre  |  October 19 2013, 5:03PM

    "back renewable technology , which Chris Jones, of Ladock and Grampound Road Transition Group, said was long overdue." What planet is he from, the place is full of renewables! It's not like there aren't any turbines or solar farms already in the county – how much do these people think is acceptable? Clearly not enough already. Ah wait Chris Jones has an application in himself for a 77m turbine next to other peoples homes but not in ear shot of his home all accounts. Why don't you change the turbine site Chris ? your own back garden maybe – put your money where your mouth is. Maybe you could even live in it? Imagine the fun you could have then! Then tell us they are not noisy and environmentally damaging. Wind & Solar - being of the intermittent nature will not negate the need for either nuclear or fossil fuels - that's the nature of the grid. And people in Cornwall will have to live next to an incinerator AND wind farms AND solar AND diesel/gas STOR. And none of this will protect us from having a nuclear facility in the county or if anything happenings to Hinkley or French reactors.

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