New Turbine threat to Taw Estuary

and Braunton Burrows

3 x 400ft turbines on the hill above Yelland and Fremington?

Turbine Site
Mo Mugridge, who lives about 6-700 metres from this spot,
standing where one of the proposed turbines would be,
on the hill above Yelland and Fremington.
Some houses would be even closer -within 3-400 metres of the turbines.
 You can see the Taw Estuary behind, and beyond it are the hills
on which the Fullabrook Down Wind turbines will be erected.

click here for link to aerial map
showing field where turbines could be

On the map, the circle will be over Bickleton, move your cursor up the page through two fields into a larger greenish field that is oddly shaped (a dog-leg and a top rather like a star. That is the field where they want to put three 400 foot high turbines.
The turbine field is in the centre of the map

Walk from Bradiford to Bickleton

The photos below were  taken on March 17, 2009, when I went over to Yelland from my home in Bradiford, Barnstaple. As usual this was a Green journey, I walked over by the new bridge, took a bus from Sticklepath Hill to Yelland because of time pressures, then later walked back home through Fremington and along the Tarka Trail.
More information about this proposal will be added soon.

walking up to site
This photo was taken as we walked up the footpath from Yelland towards the little hamlet of Bickleton. Mo Mugridge and her dog showed me the way to the proposed site.
white house, braunton burrows
A little higher up, we stopped to look back down onto the Taw Estuary. You can see the "White House" near Crow Point, with Braunton Burrows behind it.

Mo at the site
We quickly arrived at the field where the turbines would be. Mo is standing on the approximate location of one of the turbines. The ground was wet, and you can see a small pond behind Sabre.

The turbine field
This is another photograph of the turbine field, which was quite damp, making us wonder about possible problems with the concrete bases, and damage to springs, etc.
Ancient track
At the top of the hill, there is a beautiful old lane, which I believe is quite an ancient one. It made me think of Burland Road, on the Fullabrook Downs. These old lanes are part of our heritage and need preserving.  How safe is this one now?
Hamlet of Bickleton
Just over the rise from the lane, we looked down onto the little hamlet of Bickleton. Some of these houses would be very close indeed to the proposed turbines, maybe less than 400 metres away.

Looking towards Saunton
Coming back down again, here is a view across Braunton Burrows to Saunton. You can see the famous Saunton Sands Hotel.
going back
Mo and Sabre again, at a gate on the footpath, with Saunton in the distance again.
Road works
When I left Yelland, I walked for a short time along the main road, past these roadworks, between Yelland and Fremingotn. there are plans to build 100 new homes on the land to the right of this photo.  Could all these new homes be at risk from turbine noise?
Fremington Church
This is Fremington Church, in the March sunshine. Just past the church there is a footpath down to Fremington Quay, which I took. I found myself wondering how many people in Fremington - even now - realise that their view across the Estuary towards Heanton and Ashford is going to be marred by giant turbines?

Towards Fremington Quay
The footpath winds down between trees, and I took this photograph when I was close to the Quay itself.
Fremington Quay
I took this photograph from Fremington Quay itself. It had been a most beautiful day, and people sat on benches enjoying the warm sunshine. You can see Ashford across the Estuary.

Primroses Tarka trail
The photograph on the left shows some primroses on the Tarka Trial. The one above shows the view towards Barnstaple. You can just see my son David who walked out to meet me. You can also just see Trinity Church tower, which is a great feature of the Barnstaple landscape. Trinity Church Tower is also under threat.


Another walk:

The photo on the left  is one I took last summer when walking to Crow Point.
During the walk to Crow Point, on the other side of the Estuary, I took this photograph, looking over at the hills above Yelland (where Mo was standing in the photos above)

See more views of the walk to Crow Point and the Fullabrook Hills.