I write to express my concerns regarding the proposed Atlantic Array in the Bristol Channel.
We are told that this planned project is scheduled to take 11 years to complete and that the turbines are to be secured by driving piles into the seabed.
The area under consideration is in the order of nine miles from Lundy Island where there is a Marine Conservation Area that is now acknowledged to be very important, and is a model for other areas that are planned around the coasts of the UK.
Marine life is very sensitive to vibration which is very damaging to its environment. The shock waves generated by an 11-year pile driving operation will drive any sea life that can move away from Bideford Bay and render the area sterile.
This will also apply to the flora and fauna that we now see in and around the rocks of our beautiful coastline.
Wind power is not reliable or predictable, and, in a matter of hours can vary from nothing to a howling gale.
Either one of these extremes of weather will result in the turbines being switched off as we so often see with land-based units.
We live on an island that has one of the world's largest tidal ranges that ebb and flow four times in 24 hours. This is totally predictable. We should be looking at making use of this and building water turbines, an asset that can be safely managed and maintained, not a hideous mistake that will be the legacy we leave for generations yet unborn.
We do not own this wonderful part of England, we are its stewards, and it is incumbent on us to look after it wisely and sensitively.
There are those who would cheerfully sell their birthright in order to line their pockets. These are the real enemies of progress, who are only interested in making a quick profit with no regard to the consequences.
R G COPP,