Bishop calling for a limit on wind turbines

The new larger wind turbine that has been put up in Blyth shown at the Quayside and looking down Waterloo Street.
The new larger wind turbine that has been put up in Blyth shown at the Quayside and looking down Waterloo Street.
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Calls have been made to limit the number of wind turbines in the county as they are a “blot” on the landscape.

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Rev Martin Wharton, says the north east is being turned into a “disfigured industrial landscape” by the turbines.

He said: “There is no evidence that suggests that wind farms will ever provide the reliable, controlled energy that is required by our society.

“Our countryside needs to be protected and preserved for ourselves, for our children and for our grandchildren as a place of refreshment and renewal for the spiritual health and wellbeing of us all.

“We are blessed to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Is now not the time to say ‘enough’ to any further blots on our landscape?”

His comments are backed by the Northumberland and Newcastle Society who want the environment protected.

A spokesperson said: “The society believes that there is no need for anybody to feel guilty about openly objecting to further wind farm proposals in the county.”

There are currently 14 wind turbines in operation in Lynemouth, three in Blyth harbour and two in Cramlington with plans to erect 15 more at Narec and six at the harbour.