WMN Letters: Turbines, like factory, right for Davidstow
There have been letters and articles in the WMN about the opposition to proposed wind turbines at Davidstow.
Most people probably only know that Davidstow even exists as it is the site of the Davidstow creamery where, among others cheeses, Cathedral City cheese is made.
The creamery is a landmark. Passing tourists see it. This vast stainless steel clad building shimmers in the sunlight, and the strong geometrical forms of the tall chimneys, the cylindrical storage vats and the cube of the main factory delight my eye. Indeed, the other day I stopped when passing and took a photograph. The creamery speaks to me of the countryside, for the local countryside is all about dairy farming, and the creamery smiles – and says “cheese”. Equally, the proposed turbines will also speak of the countryside, for the countryside around Davidstow is a flat and windy place, so they are appropriate.
Or should we maintain the pretence that the countryside is a still a place of buxom milkmaids with three-legged stools, milking by hand, and making single farmhouse cheeses, as the CPRE would have us imagine, rather than of computerised milking parlours and state of the art creameries – powered by the electricity that turbines produce?
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