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Ramblers Association against wind farms on open hills

Another British countryside group has lashed out against the growing numbers of proposed wind farms on the "wild open hills" of the Pennines. The Ramblers Association, which has 173,000 supporters, has called for a halt to all wind farm subsidies pending a review by the government. According to the association's national director, Alan Mattingly, concern is growing rapidly among members about the noise and visual intrusion from wind farms. "We shall call for a moratorium on all further payments for wind farms until there has been a thorough re-evaluation of their environmental consequences, involving widespread public consultation." He says the association is especially alarmed by the impact of wind farms on the open moors of the south Pennines. "Even the 250-mile Pennine Way is now being nicknamed 'the Wind Farm Way' because wind turbines are, or soon will be, visible from long sections of Britain's premier long-distance path," he claims.

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