Solar scaremongering is not on
I FEEL I must disagree with the letter of Steven Edmunds, of Ashcott, regarding the proposed solar farm at Walton.
He follows the same scaremongering line of some members of the Government in suggesting that the lights may go off throughout the country due to a shortage of electricity.
He quotes as his source of expertise, Ofgem, an organisation which has proven itself over and over again to be incapable of monitoring and controlling the electricity companies.
This worthless organisation should be disbanded and replaced with something which has teeth in order to control many of the foreign-owned electricity companies who blight our lives.
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Mr Edmunds completely ignores the fact that a new nuclear power station is to be built within 20 miles at Hinkley Point which will more than satisfy the need for electricity in part and is a replacement for the currently existing one in the same area and adjacent to it.
This renders his proposed solar farm unnecessary (and yes, he has a vested interest).
I am also surprised that Mr Edmunds does not refer to the pictorial evidence held in the planning file at Mendip District Council (MDC).
Furthermore why should this development need a tree screening plan if it's hidden in the depths of a valley?
Of course, to be reasonable, Mr Edmunds lives in Ashcott where the parish council has not objected to the application primarily because it doesn't affect anybody in that village.
No, this development is to be foisted upon others.
Mr Edmunds also fails to tell us that they had solar panels fitted, approved by MDC to save the farm electricity costs but that was only for 40Kw. This new development is for 7,000,000Kw.
He also says that the field will continue to be used for grazing with the electricity being produced at the upper level (in a valley?)
In the submission to Mendip, one of the reasons given for the use of this land for solar panels is that the land is low-grade implying that it's not worth much for anything but failing to tell us that although it's low-grade it will be very high-value if this planning is passed and the beginning of a disaster for Mendip.
He implies that in yield terms it would make Ashcott and Walton self-sufficient in electricity which is misleading because all electricity is fed into the National Grid.
I expected someone to defend this proposal because it's not about electricity – it's about money – bags of it, from the National Grid to the Government Grants – but Mr Edmunds has an advantage over all of us.
If this development comes to pass and an enormous amount of money is made out of low-grade land, he can always move on to somewhere else leaving us with the legacy.
Not very long ago, and not too far away from this proposed site, somebody else applied for a barn conversion which was granted but the materials were monitored by Mendip District Council so as not to "affect the character of the area".
This is not a benign development.
It will cover our fields in glass for the next 25 years.
I promise not to write on this again, providing Mr Edmunds promises to stop kidding us that's all OK.
L M Bennett