|One of the Perfect Pool and Riffle Sequences at Risk of being Dredged Out|
|Grayling and Trout thriving in this Miniature River|
All these are to go if this company is allowed to proceed with its ghastly plan to feed a micro-hydro power scheme capable of a maximum output of 4kw!
The proposed turbine will turn fish into slush and will be killing a fish every few seconds for the next fifty years!
It gets worse. The dredging will cause more water to flow down this channel instead of down the main river bed. Half a mile of the main river will lose 35% of its water to this hydro scheme. The resulting depleted reach will be reduced to a silty trickle. The traditional spawning gravels in this reach will cease to be of any use to spawning trout. The good population of adult trout in Bakewell will have no new recruits once this area of the river is depleted and in a few short years will become just a memory of the days before hydro power came to Victoria Mill in Bakewell.
It is only natural for most of us today to default to a supporting position for renewable energy and the proposers of this scheme have set out to capitalise on this by trying to get public opinion behind their plans. Well this scheme will wreck too much of the best habitat in the Bakewell area for it to be allowed to go ahead without a fight.
There is a blog for folk to register on and to use the comment facility to make their opinions known. I've registered and hope I can persuade you to help with your comments and blog presences.
Please click on http://bakewellgreen.blogspot.com/ and make your feelings known. Thank you.