We all agree that solar is a better source of energy than things like coal, oil, gas and nuclear. So you may wonder why we are opposed to this development? Surely it is good for the environment and should just happen? Here are our key objections:
It’s enormous – monster solar parks like this are normally located in desert regions. This development is as big as the entire town of Faversham (in Kent in the UK). It's thirty five time bigger than most solar parks and five times bigger than anything else in the UK.
It’s in the wrong place – why not on disused airfields or decommissioned coal power stations
It will be harmful to wildlife including many protected species of birds, animals and plants
It will destroy a landscape loved and used by thousands of people
It’s the wrong type of development – solar works better at local scale; for example on the roofs of houses.
The developers stated aim is to produce the lowest cost energy in the UK – but at what cost? For them this is not about green energy, but making the most profit. What corners will they cut to make this happen?
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Who (and what) will benefit from this campaign?
The area is used by thousands of people for walking and recreation. It is effectively Faversham's back yard providing wide open countryside. The footpaths across the site are heavily used, and the route is famous as being part of the Saxon Shore Way and soon the English Coastal Path.
The area is rich in wildlife, many of which is protected. From water voles to common lizards, earwigs to bats, dormice and orchids. It also supports marsh harriers, barn owls, short-eared owls, brent geese, swans, lapwings, skylarks and on and on.
Who are we?
We're a group of local residents and we're called GREAT which stands for Graveney Rural Environment Action Team.
What will we use the funds for?
Initially we need to raise awareness of the scheme with local residents, and anyone who cares about this environment. The money will be used in the campaign for printing leaflets, posters, banners, and flyers. We are also looking to bring in specialists and experts who can help where needed.
If we get enough people involved we can show why this is the wrong place for a massive solar park. We can highlight better alternatives, and we can protect a space that is valued and treasured by all manner of creatures.
- Peter Humphrey
- Dorothy Roberts
- Wendy Pryke
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