20 Nov, 2010 @ 09:00
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A load of bunkum

WHAT on earth is motivating all the fuss about the proposed new hotel and golf course at El Palmar beach?

Arguments for and against the project made the front page of a recent issue of this august journal and even The Sunday Telegraph in NSGB ran half a page covering the story.

In a nutshell, it seems that a handful of rope-sandaled environmentalists want to stop the building of a perfectly legitimate, modestly sized leisure facility on the grounds that it might disturb a bit of sand.

However, as far as I can tell, nothing much else has happened on this stretch of coast since Nelson defeated the combined Spanish and French armadas two hundred and five years ago.

The entire region was blighted by the installation of thousands, of wind turbines

There is an architecturally nondescript lighthouse a few kilometres south of El Palmar at Cabo de Trafalgar which, on the day that I visited, wasn’t working.

This monstrosity can be seen from 20 kilometres away but I don’t recall any objections to planning consent when it was constructed in 1860!

And where were the sandalistas when the entire region to the south of El Palmar was blighted by the installation of hundreds, maybe thousands, of infernal wind turbines?

Such is their density that you couldn’t drive a golf ball more than fifty metres without hitting one.

I am aware of the excellent Montenmedio golf complex at Vejer but the site at El Palmar is just the thing for the creation of a much needed links course in the region.

All that sand would be perfect for the bunkers.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. A lighthouse that could’nt be seen 20K away would’nt be of any use would it.

    Where’s the water coming from for another unnec.golf course, no need to answer you don’t care do you, as a nicotine junkie you’ll be dead in a few years, so why should you care.

    The destruction of Spain’s Med coast began with just such developments.

    My partner first visited Spain in 62 – Tossa del Mar, she was so impressed with how beautiful the little seaside village was – go take a look today – your so perverse, you’d probably be over the moon with the ugliness of all the gross overdevelopment.

    I lived in northern Galicia and the ring of mountains around Ortigeuria had plenty of wind turbines – I thought they were splendid and nearly silent when standing right underneath them.

    As you lived in Tunbridge Wells you must have gone to London regularly – don’t you just miss the smog from the coal fired power stations and all those millions of residential coal fires before the Clean Air act.

    The fact that thousands died every year from the smog of course is irrelevant – I’m sure you’d be far happier back in Tunbridge Wells,after all they all think the same as you.

  2. I presume this is some sort of wind-up? Or maybe there actually is somebody called Max Bartle, who thinks the primary function of the Costa de la Luz is to provide places for him and his mates to play golf?

    There is nothing much there at El Palmar. That’s the whole POINT !!!

  3. Neither of course, because wind turbine energy is a myth. It is not a comparable technology to installations like Drax. The only hope for our planet is fusion, and nothing else is an alternative based on our planets needs. Wind turbines are also very unreliable. Tidal power may be a better solutiob; the tides are at least constant – wind is not.

  4. Chaves could have financed a huge business in Andalucia and provided lots of ongoing employment.

    He could have specified that all housing had to have at least one face due south to take PV panels – the ability to track the sun ups output by 25%.

    You’ve missed out wave turbines – entirely practical and economic and off the the west coast of Scotland there is nearly always wind as well.

    Turbines on residential roofs is a joke. You’ve obviously never met people who live in out of the way places who have relied on turbines for decades and feed into battery sumps – no matter how the electricity is produced you have to factor in the cost of connection and in a big country like Spain those costs are huge as are maintenance costs.

    So local production is key to all this to reduce (a) supply costs, (b) maintenance costs. This of course does not sit well with big business or big controlling government.

    If a people look like they may try to actually take control – big business/government can just shut off all electrical power – try living a modern life without electricty – Guadix was without power for 3 days last winter – they were not happy bunnies – in fact they were very cold, hacked off bunnies.

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