AATOM - Action Against Wind Turbines on the Mendip Hills; is a protest group that was formed in May 2012 by residents from several Mendip Parishes who were alarmed at the growing number of planning applications and proposals to construct massive industrial wind turbines on the Mendip Hills.
It had become abundantly clear that an area from Penn Hill on Central Mendip to Beacon Hill and beyond in the East, was being targeted by a host of wind energy companies, whose clandestine prospecting was progressing without challenge and devoid of meaningful consultation with local communities.
The concentration of the developments proposed to date is such that the area is set to become a massive construction site, with individual turbines rubbing shoulders with one another, resulting in a ‘wind farm by stealth’.
This would destroy forever the beautiful scenery of the Mendip Ridge and surrounding area, adversely affect it’s ecology, geology and archaeology and ruin the lives of people, whose only sin is to have chosen to live in an area to which they have contributed economically, enriched socially and desire to protect in it’s current splendour for future generations.
AATOM are not Nimby’s. We believe that other forms of efficient, affordable and sustainable energy are vital for our future and well within humanity’s grasp. We also believe however that the derisory benefits of wind energy, paid for with inexplicably huge subsidies, are highly over-exaggerated. Wind energy's current and future contribution to our energy needs, fuelled by the highly dubious rhetoric of green politicians and scientists, who would have us believe without any conclusive evidence, that climate change is solely man made; is far outweighed by the need to preserve Britain’s ancient landscapes and protect the integrity of local democracy, by ensuring that the voice of local people, the majority of whom do not want wind turbine monstrosities in their area, is heard.
There are currently six applications for wind turbines under consideration by Mendip Planners, two of which are well over 300' to the tip of their blade,and it is estimated will be visible for at least 30 miles. All are being positioned on the South/South West facing ridge, which will desecrate the scenic beauty of this region forever. For more information go to www.AATOM-mendiphills.co.uk.
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