Turbine alley is ruining Cornwall – a visitor’s view

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.

It is a very sad thing to have to say, but every time I drive through Cornwall from now on, I will feel a lot more pain than pleasure.

by Anthony Gibson

Langport, Somerset”

3 Responses

  1. Richard Painter
    Richard Painter April 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm | | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more. These monstrosities have sprung up since my last visit to Cornwall in March last year. I got chatting to a local man who said he despised the things but made a living by putting them up! I’ve contacted Cornwall planning dept. to complain, I know it wont make any difference but I am very angry that my former home County has been disfigured by these abominations.

  2. Emma Williams
    Emma Williams September 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm | | Reply

    I am a long time resident of Cornwall and I also totally agree with what you say, as do the majority of residents. Unfortunately nobody listens to our objections. Turbines are getting larger and with that comes more nuisance from low frequency noise,yet the wind industry still claims no one can hear it. Of course many can so it is not just the visual impact which is having such a catastrophic effect. The Government guidelines on every aspect of turbine installation is totally inept and unresearched. There should be much stricter guidelines. So many of us feel our county is ruined, if not by solar panels and wind turbines then by inappropriate development.

  3. Paul Nightingale
    Paul Nightingale September 15, 2016 at 8:04 am | | Reply

    We used to visit Cornwall every year with our young children, as we loved the unspoilt countryside and beaches. We recently returned after a gap of ten years and were horrified to see the proliferation of giant ugly turbines that seem to be everywhere. We will not be going back, ever, I have told my family who were going to start taking their young children there and they will also be staying away. So, so sad.

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