Reader letter: ‘This area’s NIMBYs offer no suggestions on how solve our energy problems’

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I had to take finger to keyboard after reading two articles (March 14) about the two village groups of anti solar farm protesters.

Instead of protesting about inappropriate sighting and environmental issues, why don’t they be honest and call themselves, the “Not in My Back Yarders”.

What is the difference between looking at solar panels in a field, where sheep and the like can still graze, plant life and insects still flourish, and a field full of poly tunnels or crops growing through plastic sheeting?

Solar farms must be one of the most environmentally friendly ways of generating energy. The fields they are sited in are usually screened, they make no noise, and no pollution.

The next option would be wind turbines, like the ones on the old Eye Airfield, still a clean way of producing electricity, but more visual. These are sited on an industrial estate where there is already a power station with a tall chimney, but yes, you guessed it, the ‘Not in My Back Yarders’ got involved again on the grounds that they would be inappropriate. On an industrial estate?

Then there is the pocket power station that burns straw or chicken litter. Two sites in the A140 corridor have been spoken about, on or near existing industrial estates. These power stations are very clean on the emissions, unlike the old coal fired power stations, but, you guessed it, the ‘Not in My Back Yarders’ are there again on environmental grounds. I won’t even get on to nuclear power stations.

I would love to hear these people’s views on how they would like to produce electricity and where they would site their ideas. I bet the sites would not be in their back yards. If these people keep getting their way, we will be back in the Stone Age.

M Blackbourn

Ash Tree Close