Winf turbines out of keeping

SIR – I am referring to structures being too big and out of keeping with their environment. The case in question is the wind turbines proposed for High Elms Lane, Benington. These turbines are 400ft high; the largest surrounding items in the vicinity

SIR - I am referring to structures being too big and out of keeping with their environment.

The case in question is the wind turbines proposed for High Elms Lane, Benington. These turbines are 400ft high; the largest surrounding items in the vicinity are oak trees which are under 90ft tall.

This letter is not an argument against wind power, it's about monstrous, industrial structures being far too big and out of keeping with the environment of rural Hertfordshire.

In my opinion the height of these turbines is too great for any on-shore site.


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At least telephone masts are made to look like old trees, but even at this modest height the ones that are not disguised stand out on the horizon like carbuncles.

It is extremely difficult to look up and imagine 400ft.

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As a guide, the height of the high rise flats next to Stevenage swimming pool are less than 180ft.

In the 1960s the Government and planners forced upon us tower blocks, only to tell us later that this was a mistake.

The Government allows house-building on flood plains; you would think the name would have given them a clue.

We must not let Europe, the Government or the planners ruin the British countryside as a knee jerk reaction to solving the green energy problem.

There are other options and if we need to use 400ft high turbines then put them in an environment large enough to take them, namely the sea!

A quote from King George V1: "The wild life of today is not ours to dispose of as we please. We have it in trust we must account for it to those who come after".

I am sure if King George was to write this today it would cover all aspects of our green and pleasant land.

To unnecessarily deface and scar the small amount of rural beauty we have left is totally unacceptable. We must work together, and keep it in trust for those who follow.

If your views are similar to mine, please write to your local councillor and the East Herts planners now.

Should these turbines be granted, the flood gates will open. I know of several landowners waiting in anticipation.

Chris Harrison,

Benington.

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