I was astounded to read in the Journal that Bideford Town Council had discussed how to spend the compensation package of £1 million being offered by RWE NPower in regard to the proposed Atlantic Array wind farm of 240 turbines.
It should be noted that Bideford Town Council is just one of five local councils whose residents are going to be very inconvenienced by the construction of this project that is being forced on us by the UK Government in order to meet their commitment to a renewable energy strategy.
It is the rural parishes of Abbotsham, Littleham, Alwington and Alvidiscott that are going to be most affected.
Bideford has hardly any inconvenience other than some main road disruption due to cable tunnelling whereas Abbotsham parish will have to put up with more than two years of noise from drilling at Abbotsham cliffs for 24 hours a day.
The cable corridor will be as wide as a football pitch slicing through our area of natural beauty until it reaches the A39.
The residents of Abbotsham as well as the other three parishes will have to put up with choking dust and heavy trucks travelling our village lanes as well as being denied access in some cases to their own houses and businesses.
Our tourist businesses will be badly affected with a new large blot on the sea.
The truth is that after several consultations our residents do not want the Atlantic Array and would rather not have it, especially as the renewable energy programme is costing us all between £80 and up to £150 extra on our electricity bills.
Our five parish meetings have not yet finalised our strategy and if we really do have to put up with this Atlantic Array wind turbine we will be asking for £10 million community compensation not £1 million.
So Councillor Christie please wait until our strategy is complete before spending the rural parish council's money.
Abbotsham has already held several consultation sessions with the residents and have completed a village and parish plan containing its wish list.
Chairman, Abbotsham Parish Council.