Hopefully WMN and Mr Gibson will allow us to reprint the following reader’s letter, which graphically supports local complaints that wind and solar farms are destroying the Cornish landscape and are beginning to have a negative effect on tourism, our greatest source of income.
“What have they done to Cornwall?
For the first time in several years, I drove all the way down to the far west of Cornwall at the weekend. It is a journey I have always enjoyed, cruising down Cornwall’s granite spine, with the rugged green of fields and moor rolling away on either hand.
I was prepared for the occasional wind turbine, of course, and maybe some solar panels here and there. But the sights that greeted me produced almost a state of shock. The great Celtic ridgeway has become turbine alley. In the ten or so miles either side of Launceston I counted 15, mostly enormous, wind turbines. And not in groups of three or four, mind you, but most of them singly, each one blighting several square miles of countryside, and serving as a dangerously distracting hazard for traffic, because of the way the movement draws the eye.
I’d become accustomed to the two wind farms, at Carland Cross and Four Burrows. But in place of the old machines they’ve installed massive new ones, towering menacingly hundreds of feet into the sky.
Further west, the solar panels take over. In the countryside round Truro, there seems to be almost as much black as green. What should be an inspiring landscape has become dispiriting.
Oh Cornwall, what have they done to you? For the sake of producing a piffling amount (at a global scale, which is the only one that matters) of intermittent renewable energy, thousands of acres of countryside have been disfigured, and the county’s second greatest natural asset, after its coastline, profoundly damaged.
by Anthony Gibson