OPPONENTS of wind farms in Northumberland have been offered words of encouragement – from across the Atlantic.
Those fighting turbine applications in the county have been given support from far-flung Canada, albeit from a familiar sounding community.
The Journal recently revealed how, while communities close to Alnwick battle wind developments, a place of the same name, in a county of the same name, in the North American country, was facing an identical scenario. Our story quoted Tyne Bonebakker, from Alnwick, Northumberland – a town in the Ontario.
Mr Bonebakker read our article online “with great interest” and got in touch to offer support for communities fighting wind farms in and around the Northumbrian Alnwick. He told how the Alliance for the Protection of Northumberland Hills, of which he is a member, has now succeeded in its fight against the 150m engines which were being proposed.
Mr Bonebakker offered a series of tips to communities here fighting projects on how to ensure a similar result. He urged them to set up local pressure groups, understand “the economic, political and health issues“ and research “who you are dealing with.”
Mr Bonebakker also encouraged anti-wind groups here to file lawsuits against developers and landowners “on the basis of loss of property values.”
He furthermore advised campaigners write to politicians “all the way up to the Prime Minister” and to lobby political representatives, making sure “you get them to be proactive.”
Mr Bonebakker also suggested objectors “keep cool; don’t get mad,” and tells them to “make sure all your communications are professional and civilised.”
Mr Bonebakker gave his support for embroiled communities here, saying: “We wish you the best with your battle against industrial wind turbines.”
The communities fighting turbines in Canada were Grafton and Centreton, which won the backing of Alnwick/Haldimand Township council.
Alnwick/Haldimand was formed in 2000 by the merger of Alnwick Township in the north and Haldimand Township in the south.
Chartered accountant Mr Bonebakker, who was born and raised in Holland and has lived in Canada since 1971, currently at the community of Cobourg, said people there are aware of their UK connections.
He said: “We have known about Alnwick and Northumberland for a long time.
“After all we live in the heart of Upper Canada, a place that is strongly rooted in the British tradition.”
The discovery of the overseas namesake was made by Bruce Hewison, a member of Alnwick Town Council, who highlighted it on Facebook in a post titled “Parallel Universe.”
The post featured an article from website Northumberland News which told how the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture was objecting to the turbine plan, within Northumberland County, Ontario.
Mr Bonebakker offered a series of tips to communities on how to ensure a successful result