Letters: Aghast at solar panel plans

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Further to your article on the go-ahead for one wind farm – but not another – in the area boarded by the A45 and A14, Mears Ashby and Little Harrowden, and not being an expert on the finer points of the debate or, for that matter, the specific geography, might I raise a copule of questions, and offer observations?

Has an environmental assessment been carried out, on both sites?

If yes, did this include the loss of both habitat for wildlife, and land suitable for producing food?

The planet is going only one way in terms of food stocks, given population increase and loss of farm land, and that is not good. I believe most of the land on which solar panel sites are built become a sterile desert for plant growth due to the lack of direct exposure to the sun?

I am aghast that I can drive along the back roads involved, in one of the few remaining areas of beautiful landscape left prior to Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden becoming one mega-
opolisis, for a benefit, assuming the sun is shining, which will “ensure” 4,150 homes may have an electricity supply !

Has no-one considered the idea that at areas such as Park Farm, Finedon Road and Denington Road industrial estates, not to mention the visually intrusive sheds on the A45, there are many millions of square feet of essentially flat roof on these sheds, which might, just might, be adapted with a bit of stanchion strengthening, to provide the same “benefit”?

On a point of detail, if this idea receives a knee-jerk nil, because some of the roofs in question may not be south-facing, consider the following – the electricity supply industry is swamped with such south-facing sites, houses included, feeding in power during the late morning and early afternoon, lowest demand period apart from night time.

And they are on record as saying they would much appreciate development of both east and west-facing panels which, while having reduced contributions to the grid are, optimally, best for smoothing out peak demand.

PETER MURPHY

Wellingborough

Rescue centres need regulation

I remember very clearly how a Private Members’ Bill set in motion by Labour MP Ian Cawsey was going to vastly improve animal welfare across the UK.

How privileged I felt being invited to be a consultee in the foundation of an Act that would see animal welfare brought into the 21st century.

Sadly animal welfare has not improved and cruelty and neglect has seemingly increased due to unworkable legislation and an animal rights charity left to address the issues and introduce their own policies.

Animal rights is NOT animal welfare and for the legal system to leave animal welfare issues to private prosecutions is totally unacceptable.

How can it be deemed legal for an animal charity to both set down the guidelines and be judge, jury and executioner at the same time.

No other charity has the same total dominance and spend millions on legal costs and present all too many weak cases that would through the CPS be rejected.

All animal keepers are persecuted by the charity that apparently does not want to see people keep animals and continues to seek its agendas introduced into legislation.

One of the main targets are dog owners who are constantly attacked for the breeds they keep and that many breeds should be made illegal to own.

We are constantly told that there are thousands of dog bites inflicted on people each year but a considerable number of those so-called attacks are nothing more than puppy scratches and teething marks, all of which are recorded at hospitals as dog bites.

The new Animal welfare Act was supposed to see animal centres licensed where they would be accountable, but this has not happened.

Anyone can easily set up as a rescue centre with absolutely no experience needed. A great number of dog rescues just take the money for dogs with no home visits and no history of the dog being rehomed.

Here lies a serious problem.

Many of the dogs in these centres are there for a reason, many with behavioural problems, and they are passed on to inexperienced families who are blinded by the urge to rescue an animal regardless of fully checking as to the potential problems of the animal they take on.

Some rehoming facilities advise that certain animals can only be placed in homes without children, which leaves the concern of unpredictability of certain animals.

Dogs can be kept for as little a one week before they can be placed into a new home.

This certainly in many many cases is not nearly enough time to fully assess the behaviour of the dog and very often sees the animal in question returned to the rescue centre.

A certain number of animal rescues have a no kill policy on all their animals which can cause serious problems regarding health and behaviour.

There are dogs that are kept for considerably long periods of time, that are rehomed time and time again, walked by numerous different people and this can only increase the insecurity and stability of the animal.

There are certain cases were in the interest of the animals welfare they need to be destroyed and this is why it is paramount that animal rescues need to be licensed and controlled under Government guidelines and enforced, not by self appointed animal rights police, but by regional animal welfare officers with experience and with animal wellbeing, not animal rights as their main agenda.

ANDREW MEADS

Safewings Wildlife
Conservation Projects
Isham

Lack of teeth says everything

I think the Jeremy Kyle Show needs to move in a new direction. Rather than people continually airing their dirty washing and squabbling in public over paternity issues and “lie detector tests”.

I think the show’s resident therapist, Graham, might be of more use to the participants of the programme if he was to arrange a visit to the dentist for the vast majority of people who choose to go on the programme?

You would not think that free and reduced dental care is available to all in this country if you go by the lack of teeth on display.

IVAN HUMPHREY

By email

Ambulances are for emergencies

I was incensed to read Linda Boot’s comments in the Telegraph last week regarding calling for an ambulance for a problem with her daughter’s toe!

My terminally-ill husband had to wait 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, even though we live within two minutes of an ambulance station, perhaps because of just such misuse by peo ple who could use other services such as the walk-in centre in Corby, which is an absolutely fantastic facility.

People need to think carefully before calling for an ambulance, which could be needed for genuine emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes and such like, not for a painful toe!

LORNA WALLER

By email

Get hold of your exam certificates

A student who left Wollaston School in 2007 telephoned recently to see if we still had her examination certificates.

I think she was quite amazed when not only did we locate hers, but also those of her older sister!

As an exams officer, I am always astonished at how many ex-students don’t pick up their certificates even after letters and phone calls telling them they are available.

Now is the time that certificates have been issued to schools after the summer exams.

Could you urge ex-students everywhere to collect them from their last school as soon as possible. Schools are not obliged to keep certificates for more than a year, after which they can be destroyed.

To get replacements can cost up to £40 per exam board!

JOAN BOLTON

Exams, data and admin manager at Wollaston School

Rushden’s month of Remembrance

The poignancy of Rushden’s month of remembrance has been so emphatic this year, not just due to the commemorative centenary of the Great War but also by the measure of the town folks’ generosity.

While all the collections are yet to be counted, the schools have been very active in fundraising for the Poppy Appeal with some exhibiting fantastic displays.

Lynne Baker, a retired art teacher, was invited by many schools to deliver a short presentation about the Poppy, Remembrance and the war’s impact on families, receiving positive feedback.

The various activities attended by the public have been a Garden of Remembrance, Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade with Peter Bone MP present, observing two minutes silence at various locations around the town and a highly successful Remembrance Band Concert from the Rushden Town Band at St Mary’s Church in Rushden on Saturday, November 15.

There were well over 100 people in attendance.

All this has resulted in the Poppy Appeal raising so far in excess of £36,000.

On behalf of our hardworking Poppy Appeal organiser Barbara Clark and her husband Alan who is the branch secretary, their army of helpers and the Rushden branch of the Royal British Legion generally, we wish to say a huge thank you to the people of Rushden and neighbouring villages for their fantastic support.

MAJOR (RETIRED) JAKE BAKER

Rushden branch of the Royal British Legion