WIND AND FLOOD

Wye CPFC 003 The River Stour has broken its banks. This is a view taken last week looking out towards Ashford which is an area where wind turbines could possibly be sited.

On Saturday, we had a Neighbourhood Plan meeting in the village hall and Jae explained how communities can benefit from renewables generation (as explained at our September exhibition here).

He also pointed out that no-one is allowed to build houses anywhere near wind turbines so, with careful siting, we could protect ourselves from Ashford.

Coincidentally I received a mail from someone I met at the tennis courts who is in favour of wind power. She sent a recent Guardian article which explains all of the pro- and anti arguments and which also highlights the case of St Briavel’s in Cornwall which is generating its own electricity from a solitary, community-owned turbine.

Interestingly, the Guardian mentions how in France wind turbines are sited along motorways – where the land is already scarred. We don’t have a motorway (not yet anyway!), but we do have a railway line?

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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