On Sunday Oct 25th I joined local MP David Tredinnick and a group of villagers outside Peckleton Village Hall, in Leicestershire, to set off on a walk over the local fields to see an anemometer mast on the site of a proposed wind farm development. The walk was billed as a fact-finding exercise rather than a protest, but I found no one with a good word to say about the proposal for massive industrial machines in this rural environment.
The proposed turbines will be 125 meters high — around 400 feet. Roughly as tall as the London Eye, they will bestride the landscape like H.G. Wells’ Martian fighting machines. The initial plan is for two turbines, but to adapt the old adage, “If two turbines come, can the other half dozen be far behind?”.
The event, organised by local resident Angelina Thorne and her committee, started off in teeming rain, but soon the weather gods smiled, the sun shone, and we had clear blue skies for the rest of the afternoon. We were joined by other walkers from nearby Desford and Kirkby Mallory, and there were around 100 people. plus assorted children and dogs, by the time we reached Stocks House, a few hundred yards from the proposed development, for tea and marvellous home-made cakes. Both David Tredinnick and I said a few well-chosen words to the walkers.
It was particularly good to see David, as the local MP, playing a key rôle in opposing this unwanted and inappropriate development. I commend him, and Angelina and her Committee, and the good people of the three villages. I am proud to have been able to support their campaign.
Photo Courtesy of Leicester Mercury.