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Wind turbines: Your views
Royd Moor wind farm at twilight
Blots on the landscape or beautiful?
The Business Secretary John Hutton has unveiled plans for an expansion of offshore wind power which could mean the creation of up to 7,000 wind turbines.

Readers who live near to wind farms sent their views on the visual impact of turbines on their landscape.

SUSAN, MARCH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

I sit here at my computer, watching three wind turbines gracefully turning - they are beautiful and I'm proud of them.

On my way home in the flat fens I can see probably more than 20 and they are not a blot on the landscape. They are useful, beautiful and ... yes, I wouldn't mind one in my backyard.

The ones at sea are just as graceful. Let's take the step forward.

JAMES FORD, CUMBRIA

Here in the Lake District, already many people have had the quality of their lives altered by the positioning of these monstrosities blocking out for whole villages some of the most spectacular views in Britain.

In at least one area of Cumbria, Eon has failed to live up to its written agreement to remove turbines that fail because the greedy profit driven company says it's too expensive to do so. The only people gaining from unproductive wind farms are landowners and energy companies, no one else.

I don't think it's fair to obliterate beautiful landscape for the sake of something that will not deliver.

If our lifestyles require less energy there wouldn't be the need to destroy our country. They should put the taxes up, especially on car drivers and build more solar-powered houses, for example.

STEVEN HARBRON, SOUTHEND, ESSEX

I live in Southend.

There are about seven wind turbines offshore from the east beach.

Due to the distance from the shore and the general haze I have never been able to get an accurate count, even using binoculars from an eighth floor window.

At best, to the naked eye they are some white lines on the horizon.

TIM JOYCE, WIRRAL, MERSEYSIDE

Copyright: Tim Joyce
This photograph was sent by Tim Joyce.

We have an enormous offshore wind farm, with more being built, and it has totally changed the sea views.

The turbines are an impressive sight but I wouldn't want to see them on some of our more scenic coastline.

There is also the problem of massive power lines from the windy areas to the cities that need the power.


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