Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Camber Wind Farm - better than pylons?

I drove down to Rye today, and decided to take a detour via Ashford on the way back to Tunbridge Wells. And there, over on the right was the Npower Renewables wind farm at Little Cheyne Court at Camber.

Six tall, slender turbines each standing a hundred and fifteen metres high on a wide, flat open landscape. According to a report in the Rye and Battle Observer (click here for link) this is just the start - by September there will be a total of twenty identical structures.

Almost immediately next to the wind farm was an electricity pylon. And another. And yet another. And then I noticed it - a seemingly endless chain of huge pylons, bisecting our beautiful countryside, leading all the way to Dungeness power station.

Now I certainly wouldn't want to plant a wind farm right in the middle of every High Street. But which is worse? A cluster of wind turbines, their vanes turning gently, or a daisy-chain of girder pyramids spider-webbing across our fields?

We've all heard the arguments for and against. My opinion is my opinion. What's yours?

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