"While there are many places in cloud cuckoo land eminently suitable for the construction of wind farms, we who inhabit the real world must not allow the fanciful whims of the obsessed to take hold in our ever diminishing countryside."
There was dismay from many locals this week as giant turbine parts for the construction of a mammoth wind farm ploughed through the peaceful Welsh countryside towards Brenig, a serene part of Denbighshire.
The development has meant widening country roads and pouring concrete into the Welsh hillsides to advance what is laughingly called 'green' energy.
Is this really progress?
Chinese developer CGNEE is responsible for this catastrophe, which will be an industrial eyesore in the hitherto pristine Denbighshire landscape.
As one dejected local commented " [they are] destroying the look of our beautiful countryside all in the name of money making..."
As a regular visitor to this most delightful part of the world, I know the area fairly well, and it is (or at least was) one of the quietest and most unspoilt parts of the country. It's possible here to experience absolute silence, apart from the occasional song of a skylark and the whisper of the breeze, and to look at seemingly unending vistas of moor and hill, as far as the coast and beyond.
A coast which incidentally is now blighted by some of the largest wind turbines in the world; from here they are mercifully distant though still entirely menacing.
The industrial development at Brenig is just one of many wind farms proposed for Wales. Earlier this year the Welsh assembly stubbornly ignored pleas from locals to halt the construction of yet another wind farm on the Denbighshire Moors, a worrying sign that the government is intent on developing the Welsh countryside in their frenzied pursuit of an environmental delusion. Ugly, and quite terrible, wanton desecration in the name of money grabbing, wind farms are an insane folly. But it's an insanity that is defacing our countryside and annihilating our wildlife.
Mesmerised by the spin put out by the developers and energy companies, some people are beguiled into supporting the fantasy. But a more informed - and despondent - Denbighshire resident this week said of the scheme "The Brenig area looks like a bomb site nowadays, disgraceful greed."
While there are many places in cloud cuckoo land eminently suitable for the construction of wind farms, we who inhabit the real world must not allow the fanciful whims of the obsessed to take hold in our ever diminishing countryside.
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