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Moors windfarm controversy

Campaigners against plans for wind turbines on Yorkshire moors associated with the Bronte sisters want civic leaders to ditch the proposals

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Rare Bronte masterpiece on display

Rare miniature portrait by Charlotte Bronte Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A rare miniature portrait by Charlotte Bronte is to go on public display for the first time at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire.

The portrait of an East Yorkshire farmer's wife called Mrs Hudson was painted by Charlotte on a visit to their farm near Bridlington in 1839.

The painting was feared lost until the turn of this century when it was bought by a collector. It has now been acquired by The Bronte Society which runs the museum at Haworth.

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Campaign to save Bronte birthplace

Campaigners have warned that time is running out to save the birthplace of the Bronte sisters.

The Bronte Birthplace Trust are planning a meeting to prevent the house in Thornton, near Bradford, being sold privately.

They are calling on Bradford Council to buy the house.

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Wind mast approval: Bronte Society response

The Bronte Society has reacted to the approval of a planning application for a wind mast on Thornton Moor with disappointment

We feel that this decision demonstrates a regrettable lack of consideration for a heritage landscape which is unique, as well as a complete disregard for the negative impact which this will have upon the environment and the local economy. Although the wind mast itself will be in place for a limited period, after which the mast will be removed, the structure will, for that period of time, be visible from the Haworth moorlands, and is likely to be followed up with four enormous turbines.

– Bronte Society

Bronte wind mast response

The mast will be erected to monitor wind speeds with a view to erecting wind turbines at a later date.

Banks Renewables, the company behind the windmast on Thornton Moor, have provided this comment.

As supplies of fossil fuels begin to dwindle over the next few decades, a far higher percentage of the energy that we all use is going to have to be generated from renewable sources.....

....If it is approved, the Thornton Moor scheme would produce enough power to meet the annual electricity consumption needs of up to 4,400 homes, and would also take around 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere every year......

– Phil Dyke, Banks Renewables
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