In response to Ben Pile: The Campaign to Destroy Rural England,

Tim Nicely-Thornogson wrote:

Well, I’m just back from Suffolk on my never-ending tour of Britain. I went posh with my cappuccinos in Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings, which were all very nice, but I also went real when I went to have a look at Sizewell.

Sizewell A looks in fine nick though it’s been out of service since 2006 – I think the low rainfall helps keeps it so: a fine 1960s building and is beautifully placed next to the beach. Next to it is Sizewell B which was finished in the 1990s and, to my eyes, is gloriously futuristic and magnificent. A packed car park nearby with a marvellously named café – Sizewell T – helped everything seem oh so normal.
Within a mile of these two buildings, the birdlife is abundant and glorious, the woods and heaths are completely unspoilt and I had a great time. (I ought to point out here that I was born and raised in the Black Country and I know something about dirty factories and the effect of their pollution on my mom’s washing line all those years ago).

The previous week, I’d been cycling with John Betjeman in Shropshire along some of the most beautiful lanes in Britain. It was quite common to come round a corner and be confronted with very large wind farms: huge turbines completely out of place and so destructive and so threatening.

Ben, you can’t say this often enough – keep up the good work.

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