At Sutton St James village hall recently a presentation took place by an energy company trying to sell the idea of two very large solar energy farms just outside the village.
There was a certain amount of bad feeling between the representatives of the company and farmers who occupy the land on one hand and the villagers attending on the other. Hardly surprising.
My own view is that large scale wind and solar schemes like these are unnecessary, viable only if we all pay far more that we need to for our energy.
In short we are taxed to pay for our immediate surroundings to be spoilt and receive little or no benefit in return.
There are vast reserves of shale gas available to us and experience in America is that once this resource is exploited, as it surely will be, whatever the pros and cons, energy prices fall. Why therefore commit to paying inflated fuel prices for many years?
There is some disruption during work to extract shale gas but finished well heads are tiny compared to wind or solar.
Since alternative energy generation is not constant, existing generation must continue to cover the gap, there will be no less power stations, just under utilised ones.
I’m told there is 900 acres of land in Peterborough earmarked for solar, if the Sutton St James project is approved, all our villages can expect to be attacked by these energy firms, nice flat land, small communities without much clout and local authorities desperate for
cash, ideal targets. Exactly as with wind turbines.
There is little point in talking about the loss of food production from agricultural land and subsequent cost increases of basics. This should be obvious.
Everyone involved with the provision of such “green” schemes is very slick, well prepared and confident in their debate. They clearly were annoyed at being challenged however.
One man attempted to silence opposition by constantly demanding that people “respected” his position and clearly preferred people to restrict their objections to writing.
There seems to me to be little cause to respect people or organisations who wish to profit by damaging the immediate environment of others.
The restraint shown by objectors was remarkable, particularly by one lady who lived next to the site.
We are far too polite with these people. They are in it to make money, not to save the planet.
UKIP Holbeach agent