Monday, December 24, 2012
Winter trees, Shearford Lane, Barnstaple.
Memories from a couple of years ago, when it was cold.
This field is very wet today!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Let them eat cake
Christopher Booker says:
"It might seem rather quixotic for a government that recently had to borrow £8.6 billion in a single month, in order to cover its ever-widening spending deficit, to then lash out £1.8 billion in foreign aid to build wind turbines in Mexico to supply Walmart with electricity, or to provide solar panels to some of the poorest countries in the world on condition that they don’t build the proper power stations they need to become richer. "
In Mexico, energy companies are opposed by the local population.
"The largely indigenous residents of the Isthmus complain that the wind farms take control of their land, affect fish and livestock with their vibrations, chop up birds and pit residents against each other for the damage or royalty payments. They also claim they see few of the profits from such projects."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Lost Horizons update
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Small turbines and planning permission
Cornwall and Devon are being flooded with applications for single turbines. They may not be so large, but they too are changing our countryside and affecting people's lives. As local residents know to their cost, when you have a number of single turbines in your area you are living in a wind farm, yet because of the number of single applications it is far harder to mobilise opposition against each individual one.
This article in the North Devon Gazette highlights a case where the applicants have not even waited for consent before starting work.
Read more here:
The area around Mounticombe Farm is a particularly quiet and beautiful one, and loved by many who live in the area for its peace and tranquility.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
David Bellamy and Jenny Keal are holding an exhibition of paintings in Mid Wales in support of Conservation of Upland Powys and Montgomery Against Pylons.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The Turbine Lament, from Donegal
If you love Ireland, as so many of us do, go to
www.gwig.net for more information about Glenties Windfarm Information Group. The site dedicated to providing information regarding the proposed wind farm at Straboy, Glenties, Co Donegal.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Slay The Array
The deadline is 5 pm today.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Turbine Lament, from Donegal
If you find anywhere beautiful in the world, what are the chances that the wind developers will be there already?
"PROTESTORS from Co Donegal have joined a national organisation at the weekend, aimed at regulating the growing number of wind farms."
Exhibitions have been held this Monday and Tuesday for a proposal to put 6 x 126.5m turbines on land close to Ashwater, St. Giles on the Heath, Virginstow and Mount Lane, south of Holsworthy, Devon. This is an area I walked through back in 2006, and know well. As with the the Fullabrook Down Wind Farm, which is built around the small hamlets and villages of Pippacott, Beara, Fullabrook and Marwood, the developers have chosen another example of English countryside at its best, quiet, rural, in many ways untouched by time. The people of Ashwater fought off a wind farm about ten years ago, but - as happened with Fullabrook - developers are back, with an even bigger scheme. The exact location of the turbines is not yet shown on the developers map, but from what we have been told it seems that they may be close to houses in Mount Lane, for example. For farmers the temptation must be great... the going rate per turbine is probably £15,000 a year per turbine, or more. And they will believe the developers when they reassure them that wind turbines are a good thing, and will not impact on their neighbours.
The British Wind Energy website still says this about wind turbine noise:
Myth: Wind farms are noisy Fact: The evolution of wind farm technology over the past decade has rendered mechanical noise from turbines almost undetectable with the main sound being the aerodynamic swoosh of the blades passing the tower. There are strict guidelines on wind turbines and noise emissions to ensure the protection of residential amenity. These are contained in the scientifically informed ETSU Working Group guidelines 199617 and must be followed by wind farm developers, as referenced in national planning policy for renewables18. The best advice for any doubter is to go and hear for yourself!
Tell that to people like Nick Williams (and others) up on Fullabrook, or other wind farm sites in Devon!
There are other "myths" mentioned on this website. I once worked as a salesperson for a company selling a certain product, and I was very successful at first because, after reading the literature and being given the sales pep-talk, I believed in the product. Then I had to deal with Existing Customers... and heard tales of woes that made it impossible for me to continue selling the product with the same enthusiasm.
I have to admit that when I first became involved in the fight against wind turbines I wasn't sure whether wind turbine noise was a real problem. The Wind Developers were so adamant that it was not a concern that I though they must know what they were talking about. And yes, you can stand near a wind turbine and find it is quiet, I have done this. Yes, some people do not seem to suffer when they live close to turbines.
But I have also stood close to a turbine and heard the noise when it was bad, and I have met people whose lives have been virtually destroyed by wind turbine noise, people whose properties have been so devalued as to be worthless, and I no longer doubt them. Some of them were against turbines, but some had not minded the turbines at all, until they were up and turning. They have nothing to gain by speaking out, and much to lose, since speaking out devalues their property even more. I also know that for every resident who speaks out there, will be others suffering who stay silent, for various reasons that are understandable.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Wind Power: The Great Debate
There was an interesting moment during the debate when Jonathan Porritt inferred that wind turbine noise was not a real problem. Both John Constable and Ben Pile told him that they knew people who suffered from it, but he did not appear to believe them. Andrew Gerrard (from the Wind Industry) kept quiet.
Even the Green Party in North Devon is now (since Fullabrook Down Wind Farm became operational) reluctantly admitting that wind turbine noise can cause suffering - but there are no wind farms in Cheltenham where Jonathan Porritt, and perhaps most of the audience at this deabte, live.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Cadair Idris from the Moors, by David Bellamy
David Bellamy has given this painting to be auctioned to raise funds for the National Oppostion to Wind Farms. More details about this will follow, but for now let us just say what a magnificent gift this is to the campaign to save our countryside and wild places.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Press release from Slay the Array
Sunday, May 20, 2012
A sad lament for the Shetland Islands
How much more wild beauty must be sacrificed for the greed of the wind power industry industry and the self-aggrandisement of politicians?
One thing you can be sure of, all the wind turbines in the world will do little if anything to save CO2 emissions.
Here's an interesting link:
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The 1922 Committee
To see the list of those who signed the letter, go to this link on our website.
To read more about the elections, go to this page on ConservativeHome.
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Guardian Newspaper
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The figures appear to be meaningless, jumping from the thousand millions to large negative numbers in what appears to be a random fashion.
Let us hope this will be sorted out soon. It is unfortunate for all the many supporters who had registered already.
The Guardian is also displaying private emails from members of an anti-wind farm group. How did they obtain these emails?
Let none of this distract from the importance of the work that is being done in Parliament on our behalf by the NOW campaign. The wind power industry is immensely powerful: we all know that. But might isn't always right.
Here's a poster in a window
Go to their website and sign up to show your support!
Then print off a poster and stick it in your window.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
"From the Hill,"
A Lament for the Sussex Coastal View
Thanks to Greg for sending us this link to his beautiful but sad song.
He wrote to us
Just when the South Downs have been made a National Park to protect the landscape, this enterprise arrives to expand man's touch on into the unspoiled seascape.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The worst news for a long time.
Windfarm Vision 1, by Paul Bloomer
One hundred and three giant turbines, in the middle of the Shetland Islands. It is vandalism on a giant scale.
Here is a reminder of what artist Paul Bloomer had to say (on our website) about this appalling proposal:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
She wrote this impassioned piece in the Daliy Telegraph:
She is one of the many Conservative MPs who have spoken out against wind farms: what is the matter with their leader?
Our list of MPs who have spoken out is on this page:
It includes a link to those like Louise Mensch who signed the letter to David Cameron, plus the names of other MPS - from all parties - who have spoken out on this issue.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Another North Devon wind turbine
On a trip to Morte Point on Saturday what did we see but this - the largish wind turbine at Mullacott Cross.
More photos on our Facebook page.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
This YouTube video is an important one to watch, not just because of what happens to the bats, but also because of the horror that is being done to some stunning landscapes in Oregon.
Much is made in the commentary of fact that wind turbines are "clean energy" - what about the environmental damage caused by mining for rare earths in China, used in wind turbines, for a start? That is not very clean.
Incidentally, you can hear the turbine noise, and see the shadow flicker, although they do not comment on that.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Batsworthy Cross Pre-Inquiry
I went to the Pre-Inquiry meeting today at Bishops Nympton Village Hall. It was a beautiful day, sunny but fresh, with little wind. I took the X7 bus from Barnstaple to South Molton and walked the rest of the way, maybe three or four miles, along tiny lanes, with bridges over streams, sheep and lambs grazing in fields beside the road and the roadside banks studded with primroses and daffodils, or wood anemones when the road skirted its way around some woods (as in this photograph.)
At the meeting last June, when North Devon District Council's Planning Committee unanimously turned down Npower's wind farm proposal, Bishop's Nympton Village Hall was full to bursting with local opponents of the proposal.
Last June, the only supporters that Npower could find were a few members of the North Devon Green party, none of whom live anywhere near Batsworthy Cross. For the Public Inquiry, one of the North Devon Green Party Members, Rosemary Brian, who lives in the Croyde/Georgeham area, some 25 miles away, has set up a Rule 6 Party called "Friends of Batsworthy Cross."
This hardly seems a friendly name to choose. A true friend listens, and does not impose. Yet again today, the people of the area around Batsworthy Cross filled the hall and made it abundantly clear how much they oppose the idea of having giant industrial turbines imposed upon them.
At the meeting, Rosemary Brian asked if the Public Inquiry could be held in Barnstaple, as Bishop's Nympton was difficult to travel to by public transport. I felt like standing up to say that I had come by bus myself part of the way, and enjoyed the ride, but to be fair, there are some steep hills between South Molton and Bishop's Nympton, and it would have been hard work with boxes of documents to carry as well.
Sensibly the Inspector decided that Bishop's Nympton Village Hall was to remain the venue.
TREA, The Rural Exmoor Alliance (TREA is CPRE Devon, the Exmoor Society, the Two Moors Campaign and several local parish councils) invited Npower to put up a blimp for the site visit. Npower refused this invitation.
The Public Inquiry will last four weeks, and begin on June 12th.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Near Beara Cross, Tuesday. No turbines were turning when we went up there. They turn them off at times during the noise testing, apparently. Later they were turning, slowly, in the gentle breeze.
Read more about the noise testing that is taking place at the moment:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Village fishing industry at risk from renewables drive, MEP warns
Struan Stevenson, who is Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, is the keynote speaker at the event organised by Cameron Community Council to raise awareness of the current flood of large wind energy developments currently facing Fife communities. He will explain that the destructive impact of off-shore turbine developments on marine habitats is huge and that affected species, and fishermen whose livelihoods depend on them, will become another forgotten element of the SNP's mad-dash for wind power.
He will highlight the plight of fishermen in Holderness in Yorkshire. Consent has recently been given to Danish company Dong Energy for the construction of a 35 square km wind farm at Westermost Rough, one of the most important parts of the Holderness Coast fishery. The rocky substrate, with plenty of small boulders and crevices provides a near-perfect, but highly sensitive habitat for lobsters. This habitat faces complete destruction, while Holderness fishermen will only be able to fish the area with permission from Danish company, Dong Energy.
Speaking ahead of the event, Struan Stevenson MEP commented:
“The Scottish Government’s current plan for the footprint of off-shore wind farms looks set to cover vast areas that are of huge significance to traditional inshore fishermen in fragile Fife. Fishermen in communities like Pittenweem will be taking anxious notice of the plight facing the industry in Holderness. To see the areas they and their ancestors have fished for centuries sold to foreign energy companies, and to have to ask permission from a Danish company to use the remnants, will be too much to bear for many.
“Scientific evidence suggests that the noise and vibration created by the installation and operation of off-shore turbines is devastating for marine life and seabed habitats. Driving the huge foundation piles deep into the seabed creates sound pressure levels that seriously damage the hearing systems of marine mammals and fish. Displaced sediment can also wreck vast areas of seabed for fishing.
“The SNP government simply haven't thought this through. Why are they going to ruin areas that have been fished for hundreds of years in order to build wind turbines that will last 20 at a push? Why are they going to ruin the fragile village fishing industries of the East Neuk, which add immeasurably to the local economies and cultural heritage of Fife? And all of this in pursuit of a technology that is unreliable and inefficient.”
Among other attendees at the St Andrews event are expected to be key representatives of Trump International Developments, protesting against plans for a huge off-shore array within sight of the proposed golf resort at the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.
Commenting, Struan Stevenson said:
“Donald Trump’s representatives are right to come along to St Andrews to compare notes on how best to face down the wind farm developers and the Scottish Government. The meeting will welcome any expression of solidarity with the growing numbers in Scotland determined to face down the threat wind farms pose to our unique communities and scenery.”
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Perhaps next time - if ever - the producers decide to do a feature on wind farms, you can persuade them to actually visit some of the poor people in places like Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Wales, Cornwall, and now Devon as well, who are having their lives blighted by wind turbine noise.
And if they are really daring, they could do some real investigative journalism, and find some farmers too, who have regretted signing up on the dotted line, who may also be suffering from turbine noise, who may have seen their farms ruined, who may regret what they have done to their neighbours' lives, but are unable to speak out because of confidentiality clauses.
When it suits the agenda, the media are happy to interview people while hiding their identity with blurred images and altered voices. Perhaps it is time for the BBC to properly investigate the wind industry.
Here is a link to some poignant words from a farmer in the US.
This is an excerpt from his testimony - do read it in full if you can.
"I tried, as did some of the other farmers, to get out of our contracts, but we had signed a binding contract. If you are considering placing wind turbines on your property, I strongly recommend that you please reconsider. Study the issues. Think of all the harm to your land, and, in the future, to your children’s land, versus the benefits from allowing companies to lease your land for turbines."
Friday, February 24, 2012
Is Wind The Answer?
Experts to debate in St Andrews
Public information event organized by Cameron Community Council
St Andrews Town Hall, 7.15pm 1st March 2012
Love them or loathe them, wind turbines are coming to Fife. From industrial-scale wind farms to back-garden turbines, Fife is facing a torrent of applications.
Fife Council’s Planning Department is currently looking at hundreds of proposals (1). Storms over wind rage in the local press, and are splitting Community Councils.
Now Cameron Community Council has boldly invited leading experts to St Andrews to debate the pros and cons of wind energy.
“Wind power is a relatively new phenomenon in Fife and many local communities are struggling to understand what it means for them. People are frightened and concerned by the prospect of these turbines”, Cameron Community Council Chairman Gordon Ball said.
“As the wind applications have proliferated, so have our questions. As a Community Council, it’s part of our job to make sure our communities have accurate information about the wind farms and turbines we are being asked to live with.“
Mr Ball explained that the he had invited John Mayhew, the Director of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, who addressed a packed audience at Cameron Community Council last summer. Mr Mayhew explained the background to the Government’s plan to make Scotland the “Saudi Arabia of wind’”
“His talk was impressively balanced and informative,” Mr Ball added. “There was no end to the questions from the audience and many people were disappointed to have missed him.”
Mr Ball has now invited experts to St Andrews with huge experience of the impact of wind development across Scotland. “We’re encouraging anyone curious about wind to come to the Town Hall,” said Mr Ball.
There will be a question and answer forum and the meeting is free and open to all.
Joining Mr Mayhew will be Derek Birkett, the former Grid Control Engineer of Northern Scotland and author of When will the lights go out; Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson, who chairs the European Parliament’s Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development Intergroup; Dave Bruce, who has wide ranging knowledge on all aspects of wind farm development; and Graham Lang, a local expert on the planning process for wind turbines and co-founder of EFTAG, an internet site which maps all past and present turbine proposals in East Fife.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Two of the four people who run the Coalition have family links to the wind industry
Read this post below from ConservativeHome
(we all know the two are, of course, but we may not have known just how powerful they are)
Imagine if they had similar links to the coal or oil industries!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sammy Wilson DUP MP
Sammy Wilson is one of the MPs who signed the letter to David Cameron . He deserves special praise as he is the only MP from the beautiful country North Ireland to do so.
Here he is speaking on You Tube.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Protest in Inverness
Keep the pressure up!
More information to follow, or at http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Who are the politicians?
"In October, a flagship Conservative policy, which would have required local referendums on large-scale projects such as wind farms and housing estates, was quietly abandoned after intense lobbying by RenewableUK. "
Who were the politicians who made the decision to give way to the lobbyists? And did they have any links (family or otherwise) to the wind industry?
We need to know.
The article also describes how the wind energy industry "drafted in eco-activists to drum up support for wind farm projects in the face of local opposition."
(The Windbyte website has some good examples of this kind of behaviour)
As we keep saying - how can anyone call such "eco-activists" Green?
Incidentally, we have a page on our website that lists more politicians who have spoken out against wind farms - in addition to the 106 who wrote to David Cameron. There are some surprising names included, and it is a work in progress, so if you know of any more please contact us.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Good for Donald Trump!
His mother was born in Scotland. My mother was born in England, but her parents came from Scotland, and if she and they were still alive, I know they would be horrified to see the destruction that is being wreaked on this most beautiful country.
ITV last night
It's now on iplayer:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Hundreds attend protest in Anglesey
Campaigners marched on the council offices in Llangefni yesterday, reflecting the growing anger over the proliferation of “monster” turbines across the island countryside. Protesters also voiced concerns over biomass and bio gas proposals on the island."Read more here:
and at the original Daily Post site:
Friday, February 3, 2012
Windfarms and the Rape of Britain
Listen to Struan Stevenson MEP in this video.
"In his hard-hitting booklet, Struan Stevenson MEP demonstrates how Britain is being raped by the current mad race for renewable energy sources, and particularly by wind power. The manic scramble is responsible for the rape of Britain. "
Read more on the YouTube page.
Struan Stevenson is a Conservative Euro MP for Scotland. He is Chairman of the Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development Intergroup in the European Parliament.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Slay The Array Press Release
"This must surely mean the death knell for the misconceived Atlantic Array plan".
Campaign group Slay The Array has welcomed DECC Minister Greg Barker's announcement today that the South West is to be the UK's first Marine Energy Park.
The group, which coordinates opposition to the Atlantic Array, a plan to build up to 417 giant wind turbines in the Bristol Channel, believes that the announcement has been made 'in the nick of time'.
"This must surely be the death-knell for the Atlantic Array plan – possibly the most absurdly misconceived wind energy proposal in what is, let's face it, a crowded market," said Slay The Array spokesman Steve Crowther.
"The Bristol Channel has the second highest tidal range and some of the fastest tidal flows in the world.
"It's absolutely ideal for renewable – and reliable – tidal and marine current energy, which is why it was the site of a very successful trial of marine-current turbines in 2003.
"Yet the Crown Estates and RWE/npower are hatching plans to build between 188 and 417 giant wind turbines – the most unreliable, inefficient and discredited form of renewable energy – between North Devon and the Gower."
While the Atlantic Array developers claimed during recent public consultations that marine/tidal technology was 20 years behind wind, in fact RWE/npower is itself involved in the first major tidal array being developed off Anglesey, he went on.
"The tidal arrays are not on the same scale as the proposed wind-farm, but they are more efficient, more effective and less environmentally damaging.
"Water is 800 times denser than air, so it generates more power at less speed and enables smaller and slower rotors than are needed for wind power. This technology generates at around 60% of capacity, rather than the 32-35% thatwind can offer at best; and as the tides are predictable, all the power generated can be managed into the Grid, rather than wasted."
The Atlantic Array is proposed to occupy an area of 400km2, starting only 9 miles off the North Devon coast. The coastline includes Lundy Island and the headlands of Baggy Point, Morte Point and Bull Point, all owned by the National Trust, and is a haven for walkers, birdwatchers, surfers and seaside holidaymakers.
The area boasts the UK's first Marine Conservation Zone, set up to preserve a unique coral eco-system; one the UK's largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; a UNESCO Biosphere; one of the country's few remaining fishing fleets and some of the country's most famous surfing beaches.
"It is hard to imagine a less appropriate place to line the horizon with turbines, and line the sea-bed with 400 islands each constructed out of concrete and 6,000 tonnes of huge boulders", said Steve Crowther.
"The huge subsidies paid for out of our fuel bills, and an abundant supply of wind turbines – some of questionable quality – has created a wind-rush which makes a few people rich and the vast majority of us poorer.
"In the last three weeks reports from two major think-tanks have shown that theSecretary of State's obsession with wind power is not only costing a fortune and pushing more people into fuel poverty, but is actively hampering our long-term energy strategy.
"Hopefully, Greg Barker's announcement shows that the 'dash for wind' is over, and the Atlantic Array will be consigned to the dustbin of history."
For further information contact Steve Crowther, Info@SlayTheArray.com
01271 813844 or 07775 787579 www.SlayTheArray.com
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Misery continues for Fullabrook Residents
Sheep and lambs on Fullabrook Down.
This once peaceful spot is now the site of a giant wind turbine close to the hamlet of Fullabrook. This tiny hamlet is now virtually surrounded by turbines, and as you can read in the North Devon Journal article, (see below) they are making life a misery for Nick Williams, who lives there. Other people living in the area are suffering too.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Guardian lists the individuals in the Order of Merit (there are never more than 14 members at one time)- see more here.
Members include David Attenborough, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh. It seems rather sad that David Attenborough, who has spoken up so consistently on behalf of wildlife and wilderness, appears to have swallowed the Greenwash about wind turbines. He was one of those who spoke in favour of the Glyndebourne wind turbine at the Public Inquiry where the turbine was given approval, despite the fact that the area was about to be designated as a National Park.
Perhaps the Duke of Edinburgh will appreciate David Hockney's presence, to give balance if the topic of wind turbines ever comes up at a meeting.