Nimby allegation does not bolster your case

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THE letter last week from Anne Wrangham of the Harehope Estate contained what can only be considered an unnecessary and derogatory reference to Lord Vinson as well as supposed nimbyism – a term she has apparently taken upon herself to apply in this instance to those who wish to challenge the proposed single wind turbine at New Bewick.

She does not add anything to any rational argument by singling out someone with an attack of vitriol. This sort of thing is a tiresome habit, to my mind, and I might suggest that it displays an insecurity in her argument.

There is a clear lack of logic when applied to some of her comments regarding the need to reduce the carbon footprint in agriculture. The tone of her letter, containing such allusions to the hot air (presumably emitted from those who are against the wind turbine proposal), leaves a core sadness in me, mixed with a kind of irritation that personal abuse should have entered the frame of the argument. One would hope that a clear and rational statement to convey a defence of one’s argument would suffice.

Can Anne Wrangham perhaps respond to some of the points that objectors to the proposed turbine have made through previous letters to this newspaper?

Who, of the local inhabitants and the many visitors to this area, will be able to look upon a turbine of almost 80 metres in height with a sympathetic eye?

I find the rush to build these huge concrete eyesores baffling and once erected these structures will prove daunting to dismantle.

Imagine, for one moment, walking into the room with the elephant in it and not seeing the elephant.

I am unable to claim a truly aesthetic eye for detail, but believe that on this occasion I can foresee something that Anne Wrangham is missing.

Is it really worth despoiling this part of the countryside to generate electricity for a handful of cottages on the Harehope Estate?

There is always an atmosphere of suspicion that riddles the opposite sides of any argument.

I hope in this matter that the argument remains cordial and that the facts will speak for themselves.

In this respect I am hopeful that the greater good of our treasured countryside vistas will prevail and that profiteering, whether by landowners or the renewable power industry, will be challenged by those of us who care passionately about north Northumberland’s contribution to England’s renown as a green and pleasant land.

I believe we tamper with the landscape of our small island with potential disastrous consequences for the generations to come.

Will the proposed turbine at New Bewick enhance the present landscape?

Peter Younger,

Farm Cottages,

Wooperton