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wind turbines and solar at Week St Mary

Dear Paul Sousek

One of the key issues for our household at this election will be Good Energy's proposed huge industrial "park" for wind and solar just outside the village of Week St Mary.

We are particularly concerned about protecting the amenity of the local characterful rural landscape, the local economy, and separation distance between turbines and the nearest unrelated properties. Separation distance becomes even more important to us on the precautionary principle, when research indicates serious health problems from noise and infrasound.

Can you tell me how you will represent the views of the local community on this issue?

Yours sincerely

Nicky May
reply by Paul Sousek:

Dear Nicky May

Thank you for your email expressing your concerns.

To quote from my leaflet:
"We are at a turning point in our history. Climate Change on an unprecedented scale, increasing price of energy due to depleting fossil fuels, financial and economic systems under threat of collapse, rising price of food, etc. We have to face the challenge of living sustainably, we can galvanise action, harness all the talent of Cornwall and redesign our future. Paul’s work at Cottage Farm shows it is possible and rewarding to do so."

Our whole way of life is currently based on large quantities of energy derived from burning fossil fuels. That has to change because it is unsustainable. No only because burning fossil fuels is causing potentially catastrophic climate change, which will effect us but mainly our children, grandchildren and future generations, but also because fossil fuels, being a non-renewable resources, are subject to depletion. That is why prices have tripled over the past 6 years and are likely to be doubling and tripling in future years as well. This will cause greater and greater proportion of us falling into real energy poverty.

I am sure that neither of us wants to subject the next and future generations to uncontrollable rise in temperature, leading to sea rise eventually by 50 metres, flooding most major cities and most of the best agricultural land. Neither do we want to leave the next generation with depleted fossil fuel sources and no alternatives in place to allow them reasonable standard of living as well.

My solution is to switch as rapidly as possible to renewable sources of energy.
What is yours?

PV arrays and wind turbines represent one of the best renewable energy sources currently available to us. Combined with AD plants and energy storage facilities (such as pumped storage, compressed air, chemical storage, batteries and others) will allow us to continue with reasonable way of life without damaging the planet any further.

The North coast of Cornwall is uniquely suitable for producing renewable energy from wind. Making use of this resource will improve local energy resilience and sustainability.

Objections on aesthetic grounds pale into insignificance in comparison with the overwhelming positive reasons for supporting such developments.

Wind turbine noise regulations require that any noise reaching neighbouring properties is kept under 35 decibels - that is HALF the noise a fridge makes right in the kitchen.

Wind turbine installation has almost no effect on the use of the agricultural land.

I will be supporting this particular development. Good Energy is the only 100% renewable electricity supplier in the UK. Their offers to the local community are fair, although could be further improved by direct negotiations, which I would expect to participate in.

I hope you find my answer useful and I hope it helps you decide in favour of renewable energy.

Best regards

Paul Sousek
Cottage Farm
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