Please find An Open Letter to DECC plus three of the attachments referred to in the letter.
This open letter is in response to this: Wind Power.rtf response from DECC 31-10-14 DECC letter of 31st October
which in turn is a reply to this open letter
I should like to draw your particular attention to the attached important recent submission by Pat Swords BE CEng FIChemE CEnv MIEMA, to the Northern Ireland Assembly Environment Committee, in which the following observations are made (my emphasis).
“Elections are only a ‘roll call’ to select public representatives and not put ‘rulers’ into place with unlimited powers by diktat. The environment of the UK does not belong to administrators of the UK or of the EU to do what they want with it, such as filling it with wind turbines and pylons. Instead, the environment of the UK belongs to its people and they have defined rights in law, which must be respected. History teaches us that populist trends and fashions come and go; as a result that is why a defined legal structure and associated rights have been put in place. This legal structure and associated rights are there for a reason, as part of the necessary checks and balances.
So let’s look at those rights and the legal structure, which was put in place to control such matters. Principle 10 of the United Nations Rio Declaration of 1992 spelt it out: http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=78&ArticleID=1163
- Environmental issues are best handled with participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided.”
These statement truly reflect why the detailed nature of the attached response was and remains, necessary.
I should be grateful for confirmation of receipt of this email and the four attachments.
Mrs. V.C.K. Metcalfe.
This email and open letter was also sent for the attention of Nicola Sturgeon
Dear First Minister,
This open letter has been sent to DECC asking why UK policy on windfarms is by-passing legal directives and ignoring negative environmental impacts.
Perhaps your new administration will enable you to take a fresh look at the damage caused by the current windfarm policy.
It is a valuable source of understanding all this information.
On behalf of Christine Metcalfe, I should be grateful for an acknowledgment of receipt of this letter and your minister’s answers to the FOI questions under Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs).
Susan Crosthwaite www.windsofjustice.org.uk