We need to be thinking about where our energy is coming from – and whether it should it be wind on this windy peninsula:
There are several issues around wind power, however – as demonstrated in this piece from yesterday:
And there is also the ‘blot-on-the-landscape’ issue:
In 2008 and again in 2014, there were proposals for a wind farm in Lyme Bay – which were rejected for mainly aesthetic reasons:
In 2011, on the other hand, there was a successful application for two small wind turbines in the AONB above Sidbury – supported at the time by the Vision Group and its energy group:
As Chairman of Sid Valley Energy Action Group, I wish to state that we support the proposal. This is a relatively small scale proposal that should greatly benefit the farmer by reducing his carbon footprint and making the farm more sustainable. The site lies in an area which probably has some of the greatest wind power potential within the local area. Whilst it lies within the AONB I believe that there will be minimal visual intrusion other than within its neighbourhood on the plateau.
Installation of small to medium scale renewables should be seen as adding to the longer term sustainability of the AONB, rather than to its detriment.
And it was passed by the Town Council, although not very enthusiastically:
“Whether we like them or not we are getting used to seeing these things. We co-exist with things in the countryside – pylons, TV aerials, mobile phone masts – we have to live with technology. They are not very elegant but we have to bite the bullet.”
The turbines sit among Scotts Pine:
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This is small-scale technology – which since that application has been having a hard time:
Meanwhile, we have to decide what sort of ‘development’ we want:
How about small-scale, community-owned?