Thursday, August 16, 2012

Two weeks to save Lundy Island by opposing the Atlantic Array!

For those of you who don't know about Lundy Island, it lies in the Bristol Channel, just off the North Devon coast and is one of the most beautiful and untouched places in the country. It belongs to the National Trust and is run by the Landmark Trust and is a stunning haven for wildlife. It's also one of the few places left that you can feel absolutely cut off from the rest of the world and can experience real peace. Except that's all about to change if the government continues to press ahead with its plans to blight Lundy's horizon with a giant offshore windfarm nearby called The Atlantic Array.

If turbines which are 220 metres in height are allowed to be built the risks are manifold including destroying the tranquility of the island, horribly affecting the views and potentially affecting the wildlife both in the building and afterwards. The is all the more so when wind power still hasn't proven itself as a particularly effective alternative form of energy production. You can read more in The North Devon Gazette. The irony is that most of the people who would oppose this wind farm would consider themselves good environmentalists who would be keen to encourage alternative energy generally. But not when the consequences are potentially so destructive to one of our few remaining wildernesses in this country.

Take action
There is currently a consultation going on which consists of consultation documents and a form which you can fill out setting out any objections. This has to be returned by 31 August so time is of the essence. Please do respond and also forward the link. Alternatively, you might consider emailing North Devon's Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey who at least in the past  has said that he is a "keen supporter" of the project which he described as "an economic bonanza". The email on his website is mail@nickharveymp.com. You can also join the Facebook group Atlantic Array - No Way which already has 1,750 members.

Finally, let me declare an interest: I love Lundy and even went there on my honeymoon only recently (when these photos were taken). Please don't let it be destroyed by short term commercial interests. (Click on any of the photos to enlarge.)


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