Sparks fly over turbine trouble

IF I lived in Weston I would probably join the action group, Weston Against Rural Destruction (WARD), in a bid to stop three 125m high wind turbines being built at Weston Hills, off Hatch Lane. But, if I m honest, my motivation to join such a group would

IF I lived in Weston I would probably join the action group, Weston Against Rural Destruction (WARD), in a bid to stop three 125m high wind turbines being built at Weston Hills, off Hatch Lane.

But, if I'm honest, my motivation to join such a group would stem entirely from NIMBYism and, if Weston residents were being honest, their motivation to oppose the planning application is probably the same.

Renewable energy is a necessary weapon to fight against global warming and to protect our planet for future generations. I don't think anyone can argue with that but, faced with the possibility of a wind farm close to your home, it's hard to take the ecological high ground.

I don't agree with those who think wind turbines are beautiful - they are huge mechanisms and a blot on any landscape. But with increasing global pressure to find alternative sources of energy, reduce carbon emissions, and fight climate change, they are necessary.


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The developers behind the planning application, John and Paul Cherry of Darnalls Hall Farm in Weston, claim to have carried out an environmental impact assessment and are convinced the noise won't affect residents.

While there is little that can be done about the visual impact, the turbines will not be permanent. They will last about 25 years and will then be removed, returning the countryside to its natural state.

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While I understand the concerns of villagers and appreciate NIMBYism is inevitable, wind farms are essential for a sustainable future.

TV bosses should sack Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross for making offensive phone calls to 78-year-old actor Andrew Sachs.

The lewd answerphone messages were aired on Brand's BBC Radio 2 show and suggested Brand had slept with Sach's granddaughter, and included swearing.

These men are paid millions, from our pockets, and I think it is a disgrace if they are not fired for harassing an elderly gentleman.

It was a teenage prank conducted by adults who seriously need to grow up.

Being in the public eye comes with a responsibility and these men are setting a very bad example.

In July this year, Brand made a hoax call to the police during a stand-up routine on stage in Northampton, claiming he had spotted someone responsible for a number of assaults in the area. He was given a police warning.

I would go as far as to suggest the pair are prosecuted for their recent behaviour. If convicted under the Telecommunications Act or the Protection from Harassment Act, they would face six months in jail or fines. Perhaps that would teach them a lesson.

Hundreds of TV licence fee payers have complained to communications watchdog, Ofcom, as well as the BBC.

But the sad truth is that the BBC will probably do nothing to reprimand the pair. The presenters rake in a lot of money for the TV company and I have a feeling money will come before ethics.

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