Irony is not lost on readers

I entirely agree with Bridget Smith’s letter (Gazette, August 8) about the proliferation of wind turbines across the north of the county.

However, it must not be forgotten that these monsters are also spreading south.

Further south and west, there are six at Wingates with possibly another five.

There are currently 18 at Green Rigg and 16 approved at Ray One on Ottercops.

Air Farmers are looking at nine for Middle Hill overlooking Elsdon and there is the possibility of 22 through Harwood Forest.

If these are not enough, there is a spate of single wind turbines spreading out from Green Rigg and, in the words of one developer, they ‘will fit well into a landscape where there are already turbines.’

Only last week, we were confronted with potentially up to 100 turbines, 175metres high, covering a large area of Kielder Forest.

A further application for two 74metre turbines in the north Tyne valley, within the National Park, up to now a no-go area, is an ominous portent of what could still be to come.

Reading the same edition of the Gazette, I couldn’t help but notice an advert for Pride of Northumberland Awards 2013, the lead sponsor of which is Banks Group, the property and energy firm.

I’m sure that the writer of this advert was sincere in stating that ‘The combination of its captivating hills and valleys, ancient historic landmarks, stunning sandy beaches, attractive market towns and modern visitor destinations makes Northumberland a truly unique place.’

Since I presume this is the same Banks Group that is responsible for developing windfarms, I’m sure that many of your readers would have found this rather ironic.

R Simmance,