People should debate the future of power generation

EDITOR – I was interested by the article on wind farms in the June 13 edition of the Leader.

I’m not convinced that the county council has been granted a mandate to make a sweeping decision to spend public funds on opposing the development of wind farms.

I was interested to read, in the report to the executive, that ‘the county council is not the local planning authority nor is it a local plan-making body. As such the county council has no ability to make planning statements or policy and this statement should be given as a political statement only.

If the county council is to make a political decision regarding the development of alternative energy sources, a consultation would seem appropriate, as would avoiding indeterminate and inflammatory statements such as ‘questionable science of turbines’.

I would be interested to see the reports of ‘questionable science’ referred to by Coun Hill and to discover how the county council arrived at the conclusion that a wind turbine facility could seriously damage our tourism industry.

Many of us appreciate the aesthetic appeal of turbines and find their elegant, streamlined, and gentle appearance a benefit to the landscape.

If turbines generating low-carbon energy from a renewable source (the UK has the largest wind resource in Europe) are based on ‘questionable science’ or are damaging to the tourist industry, perhaps the county council should remove or edit the section of their website entitled ‘the benefits of wind electricity’.

As peak oil (a well-established, acknowledged and sound scientific principle) approaches and the demand for energy increases, how will we secure energy security? Perhaps the council would like to consider siting a nuclear power plant in the county?

A brief look at the 40-mile undeveloped stretch of coast between Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness shows just how beneficial a nuclear power plant would be to Lincolnshire’s tourist industry.

Perhaps the experiences of local residents who can no longer safely use Sandside Beach, 3km from Dounreay, as fissile particles are still being discovered in the top 10cm of sand.

Rather than attempting to influence borough council planning policy, LCC should embrace the values of the big society and allow local people to consider, debate and engage in consultation as to whether we want to embrace renewable energy installations or not.

CHRIS WAINWRIGHT

Sutton on Sea