READING the front page article ‘Thousands sign solar farm petition' in last month’s SWF, I can only think of one word to describe the signees, N I M B Y’s.

Everyone uses electricity, including these people, but they don’t want to live near the source of the power. Do they not understand that solar panels do not emit carbon or any other pollutants, in forty or fifty years the panels can all be cleared and the site will go back to what it was.

Compare that to the new nuclear power station being built at Bristol. Once it is finished and starts producing electricity, all the buildings will be there forever. There is no way the site can ever be cleared and will probably end up being covered over with concrete.

And then there is always the chance that there will be a fault in the nuclear reactor which will allow radiation to escape – remember Chernobyl in 1986. I think Japan has also had to deal with a nuclear accident in 2011. Lovely when it works well but when something goes wrong people die.

Ray Roberts 
Quethiock, Liskeard