Windfarm changes Rye's outlook

Love them or hate them - they are impossible to ignore.

This is how the view over Romney Marsh has changed for Rye residents as the growing windfarm takes place.

At the moment six giant turbines are in place, but more were being delivered this week and there will be more than 20 in place when the windfarm is completed in early September.

Clearly visible from Rye, the giant towers, which have blades the wing-span of a Jumbo Jet, can also be clearly seen from Winchelsea, Udimore and Icklesham and, on clear days from Guestling's White Hart Hill and Fairlight.

Some people remain uncertain about the visual impact of the turbines, while others have described them as "slender" and elegant."

Tim Betson, from Icklesham, said: "I can see them clearly from my bedroom window and I think they are a real feature.

"They are very elegant and the marsh was pretty flat and boring before they arrived."

Cecilia Andrews, of Udimore Road, Rye, said: "Here on the south side of Udimore Road we have a lovely view across to the Citadel – on the skyline are the buildings on Hilders Cliff and the High Street running up to the Church.

"This view is now permanently changed as the new wind turbines out on the Marsh can be seen behind the buildings and three of them now fill the gap just to the left of the windmill.

"I am not sure if this is good or bad.

John Izod said: "You certainly can't miss them from Rye.

The windfarm, when it is fully operational, is expected to generate enough electricity to power most of the Romney Marsh and Shepway areas.

A grant from windfarm operators Npower has helped to keep Rye Community Transport on the road.