Villagers object to wind turbines

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

A community almost brought to its knees by Mother Nature could turn to the elements in a bid to help secure Britain’s energy future.

Five wind turbines are planned for the hills surrounding Boscastle, which was devastated by floods in August 2004, causing millions of pounds worth of damage which took months to repair as around three inches of rain fell in just two hours at its height.

Despite the severe damage to scores of buildings and cars, brave rescue crews were able to prevent a single human death as the floodwater surged through the north Cornwall village.

But some residents are concerned by recent plans to build five new wind turbines in Lesnewth, a tiny community towards the top of Boscastle, where much of the rainwater collected before joining the rivers which weave down to the scene of the floods.

They say the turbines, which will measure up to 34m (110ft) to blade tip, will destroy “one of the last wild sanctuaries of Britain” if they are given the go-ahead by county planners.

Pat Thorne, who is one of the 30 people on Lesnewth’s electoral roll, said the proposals would contradict the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty management plan, adding a scar on the “wild, wet and windy but stunningly beautiful” natural landscape.

“The irony is not lost on me that Mother Nature threatened to destroy Boscastle and now the forces of nature are threatening to destroy this wild and protected environment once again,” said Mrs Thorne, a retired school teacher.

“Much of the rainwater that fell on August 16, 2004, fell here in Lesnewth, before joining the river Valency and travelling 700ft down to sea level at Boscastle. We are of course not against renewable energy, we do a lot ourselves at our property. What we are against is the proliferation of wind turbines, in an area like this.

“I am not sure that I will be able to hear them, or even see them, but others will and so, because there are very few of us in this area, we are joining together to shout as loudly as we can about this issue.”

Only one application for a turbine has been submitted, through Aspire Planning Ltd, with four more applications at the screening stage.

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