Who would choose to live next to these wind turbines?
There has been much discussion about the recent proliferation of wind turbines and large scale pv arrays in the South West and I was alarmed to read the comments of a well-known estate agent representative relating to the house values close to these monstrosities not being affected.
Who does he think he is kidding – whether or not house values are rising or falling has nothing whatever to do with the above? Who in their right mind would want to purchase a property anywhere near these renewable energy sites? Who would want to look at them every waking hour or listen to the racket the turbines make – and I have. I suggest to those who are desperate for these to be placed consider asking the companies concerned to place the sites near to where they live!
I know that farmers, in the past, were encouraged to sell their redundant barns for residential accommodation, and most were very glad so to do given that farming incomes have never been that great. I speak from experience being a retired farmer's wife. But you cannot have your cake and eat it. There are instances where having sold barns for a nice tidy sum – thank you very much – the farmers are now deciding they will take advantage of the money to be made from having one of these energy arrays on their land – and who can blame them in some ways.
But to put them near any residential barn conversions in particular or rural properties in general is a definite no-no.
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The proximity of such an array will immediately devalue any property close by. Properties are sold on for many reasons – growing older and wanting to downsize from a now too large family home to something smaller closer to town for example.
Just the sniff of a renewable energy array close by is an immediate put-off for any prospective purchaser.
If the Government is so keen for these things to be built then there has to be some payback for devaluation. Sorry – but someone is liable.
Farmers need to think very carefully and be conscious of where they want to put these arrays. As for these renewable energy systems being green – well be mindful of the fact that some of the components are, or certainly were, manufactured in China. A green country? I think not! I read that we are about to be asked about the installation of a 37 acre array in our village and others are being mooted in other villages.
Now we are being hammered with increased energy bills and why – to pay for green energy. The subsidies being paid for the installation of green energy has to be paid for and it is expensive for the companies to run! The Government subsidies being paid, are being paid for by whom may I ask? Government money is our money – our taxes! So we are being charged twice – for putting it in place and for using it! The world has gone mad and we are allowing it to happen!