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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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‘Allowing one turbine like this will set a dangerous precedent’

SIR – As a concerned resident of Drigg, I was appalled to hear about the proposed erection of an 80m-high wind turbine on the highest point in Drigg which will not only spoil the beautiful scenery for the residents but also the people living in Seascale and Holmrook.

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THE proposed wind turbine at Drigg: As envisaged in a photomontage by one of the opponents to the scheme. Planners are to pay a site visit next week

It will also be visible from the National Park.

We are supposed to be encouraging tourism locally but in the last two weeks I have spoken to many people visiting the area who enjoy the walking and the wonderful tranquillity of the places round about. They have all been upset about the proposed turbine, most commenting that if one is permitted then it will cause a precedent for many more and they will stop coming to the area. That will then cause hardship to the businesses that rely on their trade.

I, like most other people, appreciate the need for an alternative form of power but we all know that wind turbines are not the alternative. The only people to benefit from them are the landowners whose field they are going on and the companies erecting them. They are so heavily subsidised that they are a drain on the tax payer.

Please will everyone who feels strongly about this support us by writing in to Copeland planning department or by joining us in making a peaceful protest at the entrance to Shepherds Farm Caravan Site at 11am on Wednesday, April 11, when there will be a site visit by the planning committee.

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SIR – I find it all rather strange that Mr Shepherd of Shepherd View, Moorside Farm, Drigg, has put in for an application for a 260ft wind turbine on his land, when not so many years ago he was against plans for turbines in the parish. There must be a reason for a change of heart on the subject. Yet silence!

Maybe he’d like to explain to people at the Planning Department site visit on April 11, at 11am. Everyone welcome to attend.

P LAWSON

Gosforth

SIR – I’ve just returned from a week at St Bees, staying on a caravan park at the Seacote. I met three fishermen on holiday from Gatwick who said they would never come back again, because it looked so scruffy and spoiled a very beautiful place.

I could not agree more. The whole of the bottom end by the stream that comes from Sandwith and Rottington is a disgrace. This is the start of the coast-to-coast walk – what an advert. I’ve been to Robin Hoods Bay at the end of the coast to coast, and it’s lovely compared to the start.

Come on, St Bees, you can do better than this. There must be some naughty girls and boys out there doing community service who can help clean the place up, or those on job seekers who can do something for their money. The area can’t afford to lose visitors, they are the area’s lifeblood.

Why not have a charity litter pick, or something to get the local community involved? After all it’s their village. It won’t stop me coming to visit, as I was born in the village, at Blythe Place, Seamill Lane, but it does make me sad to see how bleak and scruffy it all looks.

Phil WEBSTER

Tipton, West Midlands

SIR – Whilst visiting West Cumbria last weekend, my wife and I decided to visit St Bees for a walk with the dog along the beach.

As a former native of Cumbria (I was born in Workington), I had been to St Bees in the past as a child, but my wife had never visited the village.

Whilst the day was bright and sunny, our experience of St Bees was mixed, and left us feeling rather disappointed and surprised at the state of the place.

Yes, the initial impression as we pulled up in the car park was favourable – well-tended lawns, and the area looked quite neat and tidy. However, when we went onto the beach, we were appalled at the amount of rubbish that we saw, especially on the beach adjacent to St Bees Head.

There was a thick, horrible tide-line of fishing nets, plastic, cans, bottles, and worse, all along the shore. The impression was of total neglect, and this wasn’t the half of it.

We made our way past the caravan site, and noticed all the litter piled up in heaps along the boundary fence. We then went to the bottom of the Coast-to-Coast path, and again, were confronted with piles of litter, even in the stream flowing down into the sea. Lager cans, plastic bottles, all sorts, as if the area had just been abandoned to the litter louts.

What on earth are the residents of St Bees thinking, in allowing their lovely village to become so shabby and squalid? Does no one care about what it looks like? The coast-to-coast path has a national reputation amongst walkers, but to see it so dirty and littered was a shock indeed.

In these austere times, I would have thought that the local people and the council would have made a determined effort to present the area in the best possible light to attract visitors, not put them off.

And regrettably, the rubbish and the litter did put us off. Rather than stay for an ice-cream or anything at the café, we left to go somewhere else. No doubt there were plenty of other visitors that weekend, but as it seemed no one had made much, if any , effort to clean the place up, we voted with our feet and left.

Is it too much to expect a so-called tourist attraction to be clean and tidy? It seemed to me that apathy prevailed in St Bees when we visited – apathy about whether it was clean and tidy, whether it was welcoming to tourists, and whether anyone actually cared about the litter on the beach and footpaths.

What a shame, as with a little more effort, it would have been a lovely day out. Unfortunately, our abiding memory now of St Bees is “a lovely village, ruined by all that litter and rubbish nobody could be bothered to pick up”.

N. P TWEDDLE

Junction Road, Northampton

SIR – I work in a local filling station, and have witnessed unnecessary panic-buying at first hand. This was the fault of David Cameron and Francis Maude. How on earth are these people running the country?

At the time of writing, we do not yet know if or when the tanker drivers will go on strike.

From David Cameron’s point of view I can understand his irresponsible remark of telling people to top up their tanks. By doing so he knew this would create the madness we have seen at the pumps over the last week, and this would distract the dictorate from the terrible mess they are making of running the country.

However from Francis Maude’s point of view there is no excuse for telling people to stock up on petrol and diesel and fill Jerry cans. As a result of this we saw one poor lady, Diane Hill, badly burnt. The Conservative party have now tried to smooth over Francis Maude’s remarks by bringing in to the frame health secretary Andrew Lansley. What a joke, it’s like a plot from EastEnders.

Francis Maude should be sacked for his ridiculous remarks. Some MPs have called for his resignation, but I think that’s too good for him – he should be sacked without question.

How much more damage are this government going to do to this country before they are finished? It does not bear thinking about. When are they going to do the honourable thing and stand down? Maybe they should bring “Tom and Jerry” (if you forgive the pun) out of retirement and run the country. They couldn’t do any worse job than Cameron and Clegg.

Peter ROTHERY

Woodhouse, Whitehaven

SIR – As a dog walker myself, I was disgusted in what I witnessed while out for my morning walk in the Castle Park, Whitehaven.

The number of fellow dog walkers using the top path which leads onto the Loop Road, who choose not to pick up their dogs’ mess, was an insult and a shame to all other dog walkers that use this walk and that do clean up after their dogs.

I think these people should think about their actions or not be a dog owner in the first place also the impact that the dog mess has on the area for the community and what welcomes visitors to our town.

Andrew RUDD

SIR – I have no political loyalty towards any of the three major parties (actually two-and-a-half during this present mal-administration) nor do I have affection for any of them.

However, I was quite startled when I read the obsequious comments directed in favour of Councillor Elaine Woodburn (The Whitehaven News, March 29) by your reader Mr Joe Lancaster.

His additional spiteful comments about the people who create the wealth this country urgently needs, whilst partly true, are irrelevant in the context of this parochial dispute.

Incidentally, it has been reported that the proposed 'pay rise' for Councillor Woodburn was put to the vote and was passed by 27 votes to 17, with two abstentions. Is the Borough Council prepared to release the names of those councillors who voted in favour of this pay rise? Or, as in so many other matters of general interest to Copeland's population will it remain mute?

It would be fair therefore to assume that most, if not all, of the 27 votes in favour were cast by Labour councillors, who are in the majority anyway.

I note that two of the usual suspects, Labour of course, had something to say about the matter – nothing, though, of consequence.

Brian PARNABY

Ullock

SIR – Can anyone help me please? I am desperately seeking possible relatives on my father’s side. My name is Donna Jefferson, born in Barrow-in-Furness on July 11, 1965; my mother’s name was Carole Mcleavy at the time, and she was landlady at the Barrow Arms pub in Barrow for around 10 years from 1992.

If anyone can help me in any way, please contact me on 01229 813414 or 07970208201; email me at donnajeff65@hotmail.com; or find me on facebook.

Miss Donna JEFFERSON

Barrow in Furness

EDITOR’S NOTE: WILL the reader who sent in a letter about the volunteer gardeners required for Muncaster Castle please contact us with a full address.

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