Windfarms are part of energy solution

I HAVE been asked the question ‘Do they use electricity?’ by visiting south east Northumberland walkers who have seen the debate in your good paper.

If only we could burn some of the hot air and Nimby-ism in this country, we might have got a long way to solving the future failure of our power stations warned of by Professor Ian Fells in the ’70s.

It is easy for Lord Vinson, who has retired from farming and therefore has no need to reduce the carbon footprint, demanded by the Government for agriculture otherwise a tax will be imposed on the food production.

There is a misleading idea spread about that wind power does not give a return.

I have learnt that the maximum from coal and oil-fired power stations is only 40 per cent as they have to rest and be serviced and the return on wind power is 30 per cent, which is regarded as pretty good by the powers that be.

I have also learnt that the worst carbon footprint result has been from the Cataract dams in China due to the flooding of farmland that used to have green crop production from there.

It should be realised that John Wrangham also has plans for solar energy for other parts of the estate but that would also only be small areas of contribution.

The lady who advocates that, at best, should know it is less productive than wind and also being tried in the south west, where fields are covered in the collection vessels under which stock can graze.

But I have heard a farmer who has done this and he said it is rather like the tents now erected over horticulture and visibly, is likely to be as unpopular as those plastic tunnels.

To the chairman of Glanton Parish Council, the area that overlooks the most unsightly line of large pylons with cables marching up the hillside, fully visible from the main street, there is actually only one designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northumberland and that is along the coastal plane from Berwick to past Amble.

That is recognised internationally and is the place where most tourists go.

It is where the hotels are, yet people write of wanting these windmills to go in the sea in that view.

I would also remind people that the same group of people caused two costly public inquiries over the Kielder dam and we now have no hose pipe bans due to that but these court sessions cost the taxpayer large sums of money.

Anne Wrangham,

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