Thursday, 21 July 2011

Wind Farm Wars

When the BBC ran a programme entitled 'Wind Farm Wars' recently, I'm sure even the creatives in Television Centre couldn't imagine a wind farm would actually cross paths with a war.  Well, that might just be about to happen in France.  The French government are currently receiving tenders to develop a wind farm off the north western coast, an area that includes Juno Beach, made famous during the D-Day landings.  As expected, D-Day veterans are not particularly happy, in particular the Canadians who were the largest landing force at Juno (see here).

I am familiar with wind farm objections relating to noise and visual impact, but this case raises a wider point about cultural and historical relevance.  Does an offshore wind farm impact the connotations associated with the shoreline?  The battle lines have been drawn.  

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