Letter - Concerns over windturbines

I am a resident in the village of Middlestown and would like to express my serious concerns over the current study into the siting of windturbines in our parish.

The area in question is a beautiful stretch of countryside used daily by local walkers, cyclist, horse riders and visitors to the area.

It is home to a number of rare species of wildlife and provides an amazing natural oasis right on our doorstep.

The electricity generated from such turbines (when they are actually working) will not power homes in the village but be sold on to the national grid as this electricity cannot be stored.

Other more conventional sources of electricity will still be required to maintain a constant supply.

Our electricity bills will remain exactly the same.

Incentives from turbine developers are partly funded by our own money in the form of huge subsidies

Millions of pounds of government subsidies (tax payers money) go to support this industry every year.

There is growing pressure from MPs including many of our local MPs to cut the huge subsidies that are paid to the wind turbine industry.

Denmark, Germany, Spain and other European countries have already slashed subsidies and are putting stops on any further on shore developments.

How long before the UK follows suit?

Where will this leave our parish further down the line with a half finished project that has run out of money?

Aside from the obvious financial concerns there are questions about a whole myriad of issues relating to wind turbines including the negative effect on house prices.

In a case in Morton, Cumbria where a couple selling a house were prosecuted by the new owners for not disclosing local turbine plans, they were awarded compensation of 20% of the house value.

Do we need any further negative effect on house property values in this current economic crisis?

Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of The National Trust, commented just last week that wind was ‘the least efficient’ form of green power, whilst turbines risk blighting the landscape.

Negative effects can also impact on local wildlife, TV reception, shadow flicker, noise pollution and the list could go on and on.

If the parish council wants to truly represent this community they must take heed of local opinion and stop this process now.

Suzanne Gasgoine

Green Lane

Middlestown