EDITOR – The Lincolnshire Wolds are undoubtedly beautiful, but their visual character has changed significantly over the generations, from open downland grazed by sheep to the current patchwork of largely arable fields.
In our wish to preserve it we must guard against the natural desire to not allow any changes and keep everything just as it is.
Local people have harvested the natural resources of the area for generations, and harvesting the wind in the higher areas of the Wolds was very much a part of this.
Windmills used to be much more prevalent than they are now and the few remaining ones are seen as either tourist attractions or romantic ruins.
Strange then to see the proposal highlighted in the Rasen Mail by a local farmer to site two wind turbines on his farm between Rothwell and Thoresway described as a “blight on the landscape”.
Scientisits, political parties, wildlife and countryside groups are agreed that we have to reduce our production of greenhouse gases as quickly as possible to ensure that we don’t irreparably damage our children’s future.
Wind turbines are a quick and efficient way of doing this because they are available now; it does not rely on waiting for some other future technology to be invented.
They cause no chemical pollution of the soil, so crops can be grown or animals can graze under them without a problem. All they need is some foundations and cabling.
If some other better technology does come along in the future the turbines can be removed and the land returned to what it was before with no harm done.
I feel strongly that local communities, faced with a proposed wind farm, should work with the developers to consider how they could benefit from it.
I know of one village which supported the development of a wind farm so long as they got a proportion of the money generated – so now their local community fund is receiving £40,000 a year while the cost of the turbines is being paid off, and after that their fund will be earning up to £400,000 a year.
This example may be on a larger scale than the two turbines proposed by the farmer near Rothwell, but it is surely something to think about?
By thinking differently we can turn this “Blight on the landscape” headline into a “Force for good” headline.