Local opinion disregarded

The controversy over the installation of the Glyndebourne turbine now stands as a monumental reminder to the residents of Ringmer that suspicions of vested interests, influence and money predominate over the expressed will of the majority.

Life in our quasi-democracy forbids a true test of local views and opinion. If the Christies are correct in their assertions that environmental gains more than cancel out any disfigurement of our aesthetic downland landscape, then a local referendum should have followed the debate settling the issue justly. If the new South Downs National Park authority could re-consider the installation, with a democratic mandate being the final decider for its retention, then there is every possiblity that the turbine would be removed.

Will Hannam,