It looks more like a scene from War of the Worlds than of picturesque Nidderdale. The giant mechanical beast from another planet with its young prepares to spread and take over. Unfortunately, tales of their invasion might not be that far from the truth as plans to add more wind turbines here above the ‘golf balls’ of the American base at Menwith Hill near Harrogate and elsewhere on the edge of the National Park gather momentum. The eight turbines at Knabs Ridge have become a familiar sight for travellers along the busy A59 and of course for those who live within the vicinity of these 100m structures. Now Kelda Water, who own some of the neighbouring land around the existing site, have applied to erect another seven nearby and want to add another 17 on their land a few hundred metres away at Scargill. Add to these the plans by others to add more turbines here, at nearby Chelker and close to our office at Gargrave then it’s becoming obvious this creeping rash is spreading all around the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. No matter what your thoughts are about the efficency – or not – of wind turbines, or the motives of those behind the plans, what isn’t in doubt is the depressing effect the building of turbines can have on the people who live and work in the areas concerned, the local economy, tourism and our wildlife.
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  1. Rachel Lawson

    I’m not so sure about the statement “what isn’t in doubt is the depressing effect the building of turbines can have on the people who live and work in the areas concerned”. Both my home and my workplace are near (different) wind turbines. They cause me no issues at all.


  2. Jim Johnson

    I think you may be in a minority Rachel. I know someone who is trying to move from her beautiful 250 year old cottage because of the horrendous sound and sight of six of these towering monstrosities which have been built near her home in Wales. She can’t find a buyer who is willing to pay anywhere near what she paid before the turbines were built. I understand that a caravan site near to the ones at Knabs Ridge is now in financial difficulties because no-one wants to camp near the turbines. I’ve got nothing against trying to find new ways of creating energy and I have no objection to windfarms being located out at sea. I enjoy visiting the Dales, especially Nidderdale, and our frequent visits to the area bring us much happiness. We also stay and contribute to the local economy but we would not continue if the Dales became saturated with turbines.

  3. John Manning

    There’s a place for wind turbines but slap-bang next to a National Park surely isn’t it. It makes a mockery of all the things we take National Parks to stand for.

    Let’s not lose sight of what the turbines clusters represent: they’re a power station, just like Drax, Heysham and all the others power stations. If you applied to build a modern power station next to a National Park, there’d be an even bigger outcry.

    Surely the best place for turbines is closer to where the energy is needed – on the fringes of cities, towns and industrial areas, not in the countryside, where electricity usage is minimal by comparison. There are plenty of disused urban industrial sites which could accommodate turbines in ones and twos.

    If they’re really no problem, as Rachel suggests, then surely everyone will be happy.

  4. Alison Horn

    Unfortunately it is now a necessary evil due to how we have treated the planet! I live in Harrogate and I have NO objections what so ever to the planned wind farm!!


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