Record your objections

CAN I remind your readers’ that the proposed erection of a 90-metre single wind turbine at New Bewick is shortly to be discussed and a decision made by the county council’s planning committee.

This is not a time to be inactive if you are at all concerned with the detrimental impact on our landscape that such a huge structure will have.

It is not too late for objections to be received and recorded by the planning officer at County Hall.

I would urge all those who wish to maintain this unspoilt landscape to make a stand before it may be too late.

You can write to the following address: Northumberland County Council, Development management, Development Services, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF.

Alternatively and preferably, you can email your objection to andrew.simm@northumberland.gcsx.gov.uk and, when doing so, you should request an acknowledgement by return email, which will not put pressure on County Hall’s budget. A few moments of your time and a short, thoughtful outline of your objection is all that is required.

By its own admission and if it can be believed, the Harehope Estate, on whose land the proposed turbine is to be built, has stated previously in your newspaper that the benefits will apply to merely half-a-dozen estate cottages with cheaper electricity. However, such a statement is not supported by the apparent need for an industrial-sized turbine of 90-metres in height.

One could therefore assume from the contradictory nature of the statement that the true reason for the application has not been made public.

It may be that Harehope Estate has far bigger plans or that such an exercise is merely to substantially profit through subsidies made to both themselves and the wind turbine contractor.

Any electricity generated and not used would be fed back into the grid and the Harehope Estate would be paid for this unused energy.

The Government’s renewable energy policy to subsidise these turbines adds a not insignificant amount to every household’s energy bill. This, in turn, means that it hits the poorest households disproportionately hard.

If the Government is serious about addressing the problem of affordable energy and fuel poverty, it must review its current policies of encouraging the proliferation of less-than-reliable wind power turbines sprouting up and scarring our countryside for a generation or more to come.

In the present economic climate and with ever-spiralling energy costs, subsidies made from the public purse and extra costs added to household bills cannot be justified and neither, under any circumstances, can our precious countryside be despoiled.

Peter Younger,

Farm Cottages, Wooperton