Campaigners to rally against wind and solar
Cornwall's leading campaign groups are to march en masse through Truro in opposition to the proliferation of wind turbines and solar farms in the Duchy.
At least ten of the county's most prominent campaign groups will join together under the auspices of Cornwall Protect for the walk to Truro Cathedral next Saturday.
The demonstration, which is linked to other events across Britain, is being held in opposition to what the groups argue is a lack of strategic direction from Cornwall Council.
Danny Mageean, the co-founder of Cornwall Protect, said: "Cornwall Council has started discussing guidance with cumulative impact, but nobody is looking at the bigger picture.
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"Unless something happens soon the battle is going to be lost; the landscape of Cornwall will be defined by solar panels and wind turbines not by church towers and medieval field patterns.
"We don't feel that a lot of Cornwall fully understands what's going on."
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said earlier this week that the Government would cast a closer eye on the appeals process amid fears that new planning guidelines introduced in July were being ignored.
The new announcement will see the Secretary of State exercising his power to determine the outcome of appeals against renewable energy applications over the next six months.
Mr Mageean said he believed planners often ignored the "basic standards" required by applications.
"Time and again it is being left to local communities to point out the major deficiencies in planning applications," he said. "So-called 'environmental statements' contain totally inadequate assessments of landscape and visual impact, and meaningless superficial comments about ecology and biodiversity.
"The impact of Cornwall's green agenda has minimal impact on harmful emissions, the most obvious legacy being the fossil fuelled power stations being built in Plymouth to manage the vagaries of wind and solar electricity produced in Cornwall.
"Cornwall's green agenda helps the Government meet renewable energy targets but does nothing to actually address the real issue of replacing conventional power stations.
"The issues involved are far too important to allow this situation to continue."
The demonstrators are aiming to meet at the A39 underpass by Mark's & Spencer at 10am.