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Orton Valley anti-turbine protest shows desire to protect high quality landscape

Residents and visitors gathered with Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border at anti-wind turbine protest near Orton

Residents and visitors gathered with Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border at anti-wind turbine protest near Orton

On a cold and stormy Saturday afternoon towards a hundred brave individuals from Tebay, Orton and beyond gathered at Chapel Waste between the two villages.  Here it is proposed to construct a 230 ft (67m) turbine and District Councillor/ Tebay Parish Chairman Adrian Todd had organised a protest meeting to hear Penrith & Borders MP Rory Stewart speak against the application.  Mr Stewart used the back of a pick-up as his ‘soapbox’ and gave a spirited discourse pointing out that once established, turbines “spread like weeds” and gave examples to the north at Beattock and south to Killington, where developments and further applications were covering the countryside.   He went on to say “it is inevitable that the county’s most important industry, tourism, will be affected”.  To laughter he announced “They didn’t come for the sunshine, it’s the scenery that counts”.

Many in the gathering were unaware that the immediate past Lord Mayor of London, Sir Roger and Lady Gifford were visiting the area for the weekend and decided to lend their support.  “I went to school on the other side of the Howgills at Sedbergh and spent much time roaming on the fells from where this large structure would be clearly visible”.   He went on to say “areas of this quality should be treated as a national asset and not exploited merely for financial gain”.

Local resident David Astill from Coatflatt Mill which is within  500m of the proposal feared that a turbine of this size would be an “overbearing presence” to his property and “an unpleasant neighbour”.  He went on to say “It seems unfair that costs should be imposed upon my family in order that a neighbour can reap considerable rewards”.

Kyle Blue, Chairman of Orton Parish Council thanked Rory Stewart and the gathering for coming out on such an awful day.  Afterwards he said “to see our MP and so many people out on a day like this is a reflection of how strongly individuals feel about these proposals.  I hope that all those who make decisions on planning applications take note of this”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 30/01/2014 2:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Westmorland Fells Group and commented:

    This landscape is worthy of protection.


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