Saturday's Rally Against Cranfield Turbines
Posted Tuesday, 24 June 2014 at 11:32
On Saturday, I attended a rally in Cranfield to add my support to local residents as they turned out to object to the proposed six turbine wind farm that FCC are planning to erect around this strong community and beautiful village.
When I arrived there were twenty or so cars at the proposed meeting place and, I have to say, my heart did sink a little.
Yet as Councillor Sue Clark and I walked out to the demonstration point we could hardly believe our eyes because, looking up the road, we saw hundreds of residents pouring towards us - far more than we could ever have hoped for.
Sue and her team had arranged for an airship to fly at the exact height and location of one of the turbines. This was a shock to many as the developer, FCC, in their planning PR and literature had depicted the turbines to be much smaller and further away than they actually are. The strength of feeling against the turbines is huge as it would totally blight and destroy the local environment for thousands of people.
On Saturday, Cranfield residents did what they do best, they united as a community against a monstrous proposal which has no foundation in green policy but is rooted in a desire by a big business to benefit from government subsidies. This is demonstrated by the fact that the turbines are not proposed to be in an area that would benefit from wind, but which is determined by geographical location and cost.
I cannot help but add at this point that the Liberal Democrats are 100% in support of wind turbine technology and would support this proposal.
If you feel you could support a demonstration on the day this proposal will be debated at Central Beds Council, please watch this space for further information.
Let's hope that along with other inappropriate developments proposed to alter forever our green haven of Mid Beds, we can also defeat this one.
Anti-Turbine Demonstration in Cranfield on Saturday
Posted Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 13:22
This Saturday I will attend a rally in Cranfield to oppose a planning application for the construction of a wind farm in the nearby area.
The planning application is for six turbines to be placed around the perimeter of the former land-fill site south-east of Cranfield. Their positioning has been chosen entirely according to the geography on the ground and not where they will be able to catch the most wind.
From 10:30am on Saturday an airship will be flown at turbine height, 300ft, to demonstrate the powerfully negative visual impact this project will have on Cranfield and surrounding villages in this beautiful part of the English countryside.
I’m happy to support local people in the fight to protect their villages from having these turbines imposed upon them. Wind farms are an overly-subsidised, inefficient form of generating power at the best of time. Putting one on this location aims to serve only the needs of the corporate landowner and not local people, the national grid or the taxpayer.
Anyone interested in joining us should gather on Wood End Road/ 200 yards from Lodge Road junction, Cranfield, near ‘The Kennels’. It will be clearly signed. Please bring placards and posters. Parking is available at Cranfield Court, Wood End Road. Refreshments will be available afterwards.
Ampthill Literary Festival on 5th July
Posted Monday, 16 June 2014 at 15:56
On Saturday 5th July I will be at the Ampthill Literary Festival alongside the BBC’s Gavin Esler and Brian Clemens, writer of both The Avengers and The Professionals
The event runs from 10:30am-5pm and tickets can be bought from Waitrose in Amphtill or online at www.amplitfest.eventbrite.co.uk
There are three workshops (£5.00 each and can be purchased separate to the main event): Amy Sparkes (Craft and storytelling - for children aged 3-6), Natasha Desborough (fiction writing - for young writers and those who want to write for the teen market), and Judi Sutherland (poetry - for all ages).
There will also be cream teas, coffee, wine, a book stall and author signings. I hope to see many of you there!