The great solar debate: Castle Street, Thornbury

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By thecriddler | Friday, October 05, 2012, 12:05

There's a fine line between being green and being obscene…

Many residents of Thornbury feel that a certain cottage in Castle Street – with a roof now decked with 20 solar panels - has crossed such a line.

Several locals have contacted the council to complain that the appearance of the historic street leading to Thornbury Castle has been ruined. They worry the development will set a president and other homeowners will get on board with similar looks.

Owners of the cottage Ann and Barclay Riddiford say they don't know what the fuss is about.

The issue has even gone national – with the Daily Mail recently running this story. The 250 or so comments generated by the piece are a mixture of those backing the Riddiford's and those not.

I asked several passers by what they thought.

Local Chris Day said: "Looks okay to me. If it saves them money on bills good luck to them."

A different opinion was offered by Carol Wilkins who said: "Yeah I don't it. I think it looks out of keeping with the rest of the street – I'm surprised people can just do this without any interference (from the authorities)."

Another lady, who didn't want to be named, said: "I don't think it really matters. The cars along the street look more ugly than that."

What do you think?



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    The street's not exactly that historic is it? I think it looks fine.

    By casey1 at 15:00 on 06/12/12

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    Andy sparks said via Twitter: PV is temporary, 25/30 yrs, the cottage may last another 400+

    By matt_2009 at 12:07 on 09/10/12

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    Bit of a eyesore in my humble opinion.

    By hippychic1 at 10:39 on 08/10/12

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    By movielove at 13:30 on 05/10/12

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