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No more turbines! We've got enough in Cornwall

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: August 26, 2008

  • No thanks! At the end of the meeting the crowd of about 200 people had a show of hands to see if they were against the proposal for 20 wind turbines. Pictures: David Flower

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COMMUNITIES in North Cornwall are battling to stop the county's biggest wind farm from dominating the skyline over Bodmin Moor.

Emergency meetings have been called by Camelford Town Council and parish councillors following a similar move last week by Davidstow parish council which saw 200 angry residents pack Otterham village hall.

That meeting was attended by people from a number of moorland villages who are opposed to a plan by energy company Community Windpower to site 20 turbines near Crowdy Reservoir.

Protesters say the 126-metre structures will ruin the unique scenic landscape surrounding Cornish land- marks Brown Willy and Rough Tor. Davidstow parish councillor and anti-turbine campaigner Bob English said there were enough wind turbines in Cornwall to meet energy demands and there was no need for 20 more.

"Cornwall County Council's policy document on renewable energy says that 93 megawatts should be the target by 2010, and we already have 92 megs now, so we are almost there already, so we don't need these giant turbines on Bodmin Moor. They are in the wrong place and they are far too big, and I'm sure people will continue to fight this application all the way," said Mr English.

As well as the adverse visual impact, people at the Otterham meeting were also concerned about the potential impact on wildlife.

Of particular worry was the claim that the turbines would have a disastrous effect on the large flocks of starlings, which brings visitors to the area during the autumn and winter.

North Cornwall's prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate Sian Flynn, who attended the meeting, urged people to write objection letters to the district council before tomorrow's deadline of August 28.

She said: "I heard very deep concerns about the proposed wind farm on a whole range of issues. I am asking for a meeting with the company behind this development, and will be pressing them for clear information and answers to the questions raised.

"In the meantime, it's important that everyone who is concerned about this very large development writes to the planning authority, North Cornwall District Council, to express their concerns."

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    Jerry Attrick, UK  |  September 01 2008, 6:39AM

    I agree with Eddie, they spoil the landscape and produce so little electricity that they are not worth the bother. I read somewhere that 6,000 would be needed around the UK to make an appreciable difference to energy production. Got rid of them and go back to coal, we are clever enough to make filters to stop carbon emissions, and there is enough coal in the UK to last 500 years.

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    Jenni, Wadebridge  |  August 29 2008, 8:23PM

    Wind turbines will never save the planet! Living beside a wind factory, I can vouch for the fact that they only produce electricity for about 30% of a year and tend to be idle at times when demand is highest ie cold frosty high pressure weather. It takes a long time for them to produce enough energy to offset energy used in their manufacture,transportation and construction and that is when they are nearing the end of their lives! The only bebeficiaries are the landowners and the energy companies who are in it for the money ie subsidies.

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    Neil, Truro  |  August 27 2008, 1:21PM

    I think Eddie from Camborne has enough hot air to power the whole of Cornwall alone :>

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    David, Redruth  |  August 27 2008, 1:16PM

    Windmills (because that's all they are really) are brilliant - majestic, graceful and a great addition to the landscape. Learn to love, 'em, or stop using electricity. It's your choice.

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    Steve Redpath, Delabole  |  August 27 2008, 12:41PM

    Some of these commentators should realise that wind generators only provide power for one third of the time. Come on...you have seen them idle enutgh times! That means we still have to have nuclear etc running so they are of no help at all. Rescources shuold be put into systems such as wave and tidal that can run all of the time. Do we really need these ugly things and the taxes that are used to subsidice them?

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    carrie, goonhavern  |  August 27 2008, 11:51AM

    People need to wake up and realise we need wind turbines and other sorces of renewable energy. Whether you like the look of them or not if you want to sit down and watch telly and switch on your lights in the future we're going to need them. The more the better, they're not ugly just a sign of changing times!

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    Eddie, Camborne  |  August 27 2008, 11:31AM

    Blots on the landscape, zits on the face of humanity - call 'em what you like, they're monstrous horrid structures on what is otherwise beautiful scenery. Councils will benefit from them, the companies themselves will benefit but you won't. Bills will still rise, as will will the noise and obscene structures. Put them out at sea - or is that too expensive for the companies who want a quick buck.

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    Dash, Redruth  |  August 27 2008, 11:27AM

    I'm all in favour of wind turbines. Sustainable power is a fact of life, and I'd rather see the moor being part of a new energy solution than totally changed by global warming.