Churchover fights the turbine scourge

On January 27th, despite bitter weather, around 80 protesters, plus dogs and children, gathered on the steps of Rugby Town Hall to voice their objections to plans for more wind farms around Rugby, including the proposal for Churchover.  Strictly speaking, Churchover is not quite on my East Midlands patch.  It’s in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, in Mark Pawsey’s Rugby constituency.  But it’s just by the A5, and so close to the border that if the proposed turbines fell down in a West Wind, they’d practically reach the East Midlands.  Certainly the noise nuisance and visual intrusion will affect, for example, Cotesbach (between Lutterworth and M6 J1) in Leicestershire.
 
I’ve worked with Lorne Smith of the ASWAR (Against Subsidised Wind Farms Around Rugby) campaign group (www.aswar.org.uk).   Like him, I believe that wind turbines are gesture politics pure and simple.  They do nothing for the environment.  They deliver an unpredictable, intermittent trickle of very expensive electricity.  Over-reliance on wind energy threatens Britain with the most expensive electricity supply in the world, and undermines our energy security.
 
Not only that.  There is increasing evidence that turbines can cause serious health damage to local residents, including disrupted sleep, anxiety and depression.  I have been working with Dr. Chris Hanning of Leicester University Hospitals, one of the country’s leading experts on sleep disorders, on this issue, and I am alarmed by what he tells me (not least because a wind farm is currently being constructed within a mile of my home).
 
These turbines are an industrial-scale intrusion into our rural landscapes and an affront to civilised values.
 
I wasn’t able to join the protest on the 27th.  But I wish the protesters every success, as more and more planning applications are knocked back.  Usually it takes a century or more for sunrise industries to become first history, then derelict ruins, then industrial archaeology.  But I suspect that wind turbines will be melted down for scrap in years, not centuries.

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  2. I hold the conviction that the entire ideology surrounding wind turbines, will eventually become little more than a bitter memory. Increasingly, land is becoming a scarce resource (particularly with more people requiring space for homes). In addition, even tourism could be adversely affected – if wind turbines were constructed in (or close to) tourist attractions? Perhaps, there may also be harmful implications for local wildlife? The medical problems which have been associated with living near wind turbines, may well prove to be the last straw for most citizens. And of course, some people in society will be particularly vulnerable to these illnesses. Whilst some may doubt the current level of evidence, I am sure that the vast majority of UK citizens will simply refuse to allow this risk in the first place (by continuing to resist the planning applications for wind turbines).

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