Wind farms and tourism

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the wind turbine "Gulliver" in Lowestoft

the wind turbine “Gulliver” in Lowestoft

Does the presence of a wind farm put you off holidaying or taking a day trip to a particular destination?

For some time, perceived thinking is that it might so areas where attracting tourists has been important have railed against them.  But a report commissioned by the Welsh government last October suggests that claims onshore wind farms and pylons in Wales have a limited impact on the nation’s tourism industry. It does say, though, that there is a risk that some future farms could have a “minor or moderate” impact on local visitor economies.

But “minor” or even “moderate” doesn’t suggest that the majority of us will stay away. To me that sounds as though we’ll tut about it, make comments in the tea shops and bleat about how different it was in the old days but still visit.

Can we believe this bearing in mind that a government, a body that permits wind farms, commissioned it? I’ve always been sceptical of reports which report in favour of those commissioning them. It’s not as if the government is independent. And this report is likely to be quoted by every local authority and legislative authority in the UK to justify having more and more wind farms.

Does having a wind farm deter you? You, as a visitor, are more important than the locals. You bring money into the local economy. If you stay away the community suffers. The locals are already supporting the local economy and are unlikely to show anger after the event by moving away in droves. We have all read about plenty of opposition to wind farms but is this just nimbyism? Do we as visitors not mind because it isn’t in our back yard? In Scotland, Whitelee wind farm became the first wind  project in Scotland to join the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, so wind farms can be tourist attractions in themselves it seems.

What do readers think?

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