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Bright Future, Dark Costs

As the UK prepares to choose its next leader, the national conversation is intensifying around

various pressing issues, including the future of renewable energy.

Amidst this debate, concerns are emerging about the negative impacts of solar farms. While

solar energy is often seen as a cornerstone of sustainable development, critics argue that largescale solar farms can pose several environmental and social challenges. These challenges include the loss of valuable agricultural land, disruption of local ecosystems,

and potential long-term soil degradation. As the nation stands at this pivotal crossroads, the

decisions made today will have far-reaching implications for the environment, economy, and

communities across the UK.

In a recent statement, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho,

highlighted several key negative aspects associated with large-scale solar farms. One significant concern is the substantial land use required for these installations. Coutinho noted, "Food security is an essential part of national security. This Government is fully

committed to delivering robust UK food security and recognises its paramount importance to

our national security." She further explained that "we are increasingly seeing geographical clustering of proposed solar developments in some rural areas, such as in Lincolnshire."

Local communities across Lincolnshire are also making their voices heard. The 7000 Acres

Community Group, representing concerned residents is raising urgent concerns over the

escalating development of large-scale solar farms in the region. The cumulative effect of the

four Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) planned for the local area has become a focal point of these grievances.

The Tillbridge Solar Farm, a significant point of contention, has recently opened the window to register interest, presenting an opportunity for the community to formally voice their concerns. The community is voicing significant objections to the environmental, social, and economic repercussions of these expansive energy projects. They emphasise that while renewable energy is crucial in combating climate change, the unrestrained proliferation of vast solar farms in Lincolnshire and throughout the UK is causing unintended negative consequences and will not provide Energy when we need it most during the dark, cold winter months.

The choices made on July 4th as well as the voices of concerned citizens will play a pivotal role in ensuring that we can achieve a balanced approach that fosters environmental stewardship, economic growth, social well-being and ultimately lead to a greener and more equitable world.


The "7000 Acres Group" is a collection of concerned residents formed from over 30 villages in and around the footprint of the West Burton, Cottam, Tillbridge and Gate Burton Solar Farm projects. This group has been formed to help guide all those aNected to be part of the consultation and planning process and to raise awareness of the negative impacts that such large-scale Solar Farms will have on the local farming activities, the UK's food security and the UK. These proposed Solar Sites cover an area of approximately 10 thousand acres of land around Gainsborough. The Group has come together to raise awareness of the scope and scale of these projects and to put forward the argument that the size of the proposed developments is totally unsuitable for the area and not beneficial for the nation.

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