Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart will speak at a protest meeting planned for Saturday June 4th in response to his constituents’ urging that he help them to protect our landscape from wind farm developments that many feel are contextually inappropriate.
The demonstration is at the site of the proposed wind farm development on the Solway Moss, nearby the historic battlefield, where developers propose to erect 425ft high turbines on a site of extreme natural value. Where once they fought, many Scots and English stand united now, in condemning the proposal.
Even if you think that wind turbines have a role to play in our nation’s renewable energy mix, few locations could be considered less appropriate for a cluster of 415 ft tall wind turbines than Solway Moss. The tranquility and natural beauty of Solway Moss, a rare Cumbrian peat bog and home to resident and migratory bird-life may be threatened if plans by energy giant EDF to build 9 giant wind turbines there are allowed to go ahead. Projected to tower 125 meters tall from ground to blade tip, the turbines could significantly impact folk north and south of the border too, “up to 1.5 miles away at Springfield, Gretna Green, Gretna, Longtown and Netherby Hall” according to an article in The News and Star, in addition to being potentially harmful to wildlife such as barnacle geese.
Protesters will assemble near Plumpe Farm, DG16 5HD just north-west of Longtown, at 11:30am on Saturday 4th June.
Directions are attached below, but here also is a link to the spot:
Please bring banners, placards and anything else you think will be effective! There will be speeches and an outdoor press conference. Participants
will then re-assemble at Longtown Memorial Hall community centre, CA6 5SJ (http://www.longtowncommunitycentre.org.uk/) at 13:15pm for an
open meeting, to include a panel discussion and an informal Q&A session including guest Dr Mike Hall of FELLS, who will be making a