Not in my back yard

I was going to write about NIMBYs (not in my back yard) today but I suspect my ramblings will change as I write. One of the things I have noticed this week in my local area is the lack of thought about anything to do with alternative energy and new housing. Before you can get the words out about wind farms and solar farms, people say a very loud ‘no’. Their main reasons are that it will spoil the view for them and that their homes will also go down in value. Have they ever thought what life will be like if we do not find alternative sources of power? Their homes will have no value at all. And as for spoiling their view, do they not see the pylons, the horrible looking factories and the TV mast?

Then there are those who complain about athletic events, runs, cycle races and such things as the Commonwealth Games when roads are closed temporarily or diversions put in place for a couple of weeks. These things are OK as long as they don’t affect them and their everyday life.

Have we lost all thought of compromise and the thought of looking at ways that these things can be done. Where alternative energy is concerned, why not make all new build homes have solar panels installed and also grey water systems. This would make a lot of sense but no one seems to want to look to the future. We should be thinking of our grandchildren and their children and grandchildren and how we can make sure their life is better.

So much food for thought again. Are you a NIMBY and if so why?


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