August 1, 2006
wind farm protest group wants to work with pro-wind group
group fighting plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
says it wants to work together with FORCE, the pro-wind group,
to work out the best locations for wind farms in our area.
Manning, spokesperson for the KNOll
to Windfarm action group, has sent an open letter to members
of FORCE (Families
for Clean Energy) appealing for them to work with them.
to Windfarm calls upon FORCE to work together with us to evaluate
sensible locations for Wind farms that meet Government Planning
Policy," he wrote.
"Many of our members have young families, and we are all
concerned about the long term future of the planet- after all
this is the future for our children, and their children, and all
the species on the earth. We recognise and endorse the need for
our society to become greener-indeed we have set up a Green Action
Group with this objective. We also recognise the long term strategic
requirement for the UK to not become dependent on other countries
to supply our energy needs."
"However, we are also very aware that this should not involve
a 'lemming like rush' to accept every proposal to locate alternative
energy sources wherever commercial opportunity raises its head;
indeed there is a grave danger that commercially focused organisations
exploit the genuine concerns and aspirations of our society purely
with a profit objective."
Mr manning continues: "In the same way that careful site
selection is required for all other forms of energy generation,
and indeed commercial property development, the same approach
should be applied to wind turbines; this is exactly what the Government's
Planning Policy guidelines lays down."
"We should all recognise therefore that some locations may
be appropriate for wind turbines and others are not. The site
at Inner Farm, Edithmead is one of those sites that is not appropriate;
development would have significant negative environmental, economic
and social amenity consequences, and would put the Health and
Safety of our families at risk."
"Organisations such as FORCE will gain the respect of the
greater community, and our support, when they bring considered
approaches to proposals, and not blindly support all applications-without
such a rational approach they effectively fall into the pockets
of those with less altruistic objectives."
The letter ends: "Let's work together to make Somerset a
greener place to live, based on careful analysis and reasoned
debate, and effective action."
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