Re: Maesbury wind turbine planning application.
Last week's letter from the applicant, Mr Calder, afforded at least some relief in his undertaking that he will "not defend ...repetition and unproven allegations ...that seem to be favourable to the Journal's point of view... "
Well, this one of the campaigners (referred to as "anti-campaigners" – so, we are against ourselves?) is relieved to be no longer obliged to struggle to extract meaning from verbosity.
But more pertinently, over and above the wearying insistence on turbines being erected and inflicted for just about any reason, from saving the planet from a (non-existent) carbon threat, to their aesthetic embellishment of otherwise the most glorious countryside in the universe, there is one elephant in the room.
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This is the colossal, cynical government subsidies for all concerned, in establishing and operating these wildly inefficient tributes to the three most ambition-fixated Prime Ministers under whom our country has – ever – suffered.
And no developer ever seems to admit that massive subsidy is an – let alone the – incentive. Or indeed acknowledge that area property values stand to drop by up to 50 per cent.
But what goes around does come around. The design life of these monstrosities is claimed to be 25 years (for which, read 15 or less). Thereafter, along with the practical lessons thus crushingly imposed on economies world-wide, there will be a spectacularly lucrative market in decommissioning.
From, say, the year 2025 – investment in that market, anyone? (Oh – and also, put money on our still and always essential nuclear, coal and gas fired backup. From now.)
I have visited Mr Calder and explained in person that our newspapers have not taken sides in the wind turbine debate or expressed "a point of view". What we have done is publish the letters from readers, most of whom have expressed opposition to building more wind turbines in mid-Somerset – Editor.