Sheila and I attended one of the exhibitions put on by the companies proposing to build the wind farm to the west of Lydiate yesterday. It was in Lydiate Village Hall (not to be confused with the new Lydiate Village Centre) and whilst we were there it was very well attended indeed.
Here are a couple of snaps I took of the event. Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope was there as was Mrs Dixon and her daughter who are raising the petition against the wind farm which I mentioned in a posting a few days ago.
Listening to conversations it was clear that the community clearly has understandable concerns and objections to the proposals. The before and after views of what the landscape would look like if the wind farm gets the go ahead (from West Lancs Borough Council) were particularly drawing attention and a few gasps. One view, I think it was the one from Carr House Lane (Ince Blundell) looking westwards, really brought home the extent to which the landscape would be changed.
My greatest concern is that all the land proposed for the wind farm is high grade agricultural land and that is what it all should continue to be used for as future generations will need it when importing food becomes too expensive due to fuel costs and environmental considerations.