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
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."