developer says its Rooksbridge turbines won't hit tourism
developers behind controversial proposals to build a new wind
farm near Burnham-On-Sea have this week criticised claims by campaigners
that the wind turbines will impact local tourism.
Woolmington, Chairman of the No
Pilrow group, which is fighting plans by Broadview Energy to build
six 140 metre turbines on farmland at Pilrow, near Rooksbridge,
said: "If the turbines go ahead there will undoubtedly be
massive affects on our local tourism. We want to keep the Somerset
Levels free of industrial build-up and maintain our natural and
"Im sure the many thousands of holidaymakers and families
who visit us each year would agree with me. We are not against
the idea of renewable energy but it is becoming clear that onshore
wind farms are inefficient, costly and environmentally disastrous."
place an unacceptable burden on every household through the subsidies
to wind farm companies, which all of us have to pay for through
our energy bills, including all those businesses engaged in the
Tom Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There is no evidence to suggest that wind farms negatively
affect tourism. The UK's first commercial wind farm at Delabole
in Cornwall received 350,000 visitors in its first 10 years of
Delabole was constructed in 1991, numerous other wind farms have
been built in Cornwall including Goonhilly wind farm on the Lizard
Peninsula right up to Cold Northcott wind farm close to the Devon
"There is no evidence to suggest that this has in any way
affected the large numbers of tourists that visit the county every
summer. Cornwall has, in fact, been voted Favourite UK Holiday
County or Region at the British Travel Awards for the last
two years and has been nominated again for the 2011 award."
Broadview expects to submit a planning application for the Pilrow
wind farm in early 2012 and, if approved, the site could be operational
in the summer of 2013.
Broadview will be holding a wind farm supporters event on October
13th from 7pm at the Webbington Hotel and Spa, near Axbridge,
which will give people the opportunity to learn more about the
wind farm proposal, hear from a number of speakers about their
experiences, meet other potential supporters and enjoy some entertainment.
Pictured: Top, children standing in front of Broadviews
Hill of Fiddes wind farm in Aberdeenshire and, above, a photomontage
from the No Pilrow campaign group showing how the wind turbines
at Rooksbridge and Huntspill could look