horrocks Posted 4 March , 2018 Share Posted 4 March , 2018 (edited) I noticed a planning consent sign opposite the Guards Memorial on the Hogsback a couple of years ago, and upon revisiting last week my worst suspicions appear to have been confirmed. Contractors have dug a number of identical circular pits, one at the site of the original notice, not 50ft from the Guards Memorial, another at the far end of Straight Trench, just opposite and behind the Ginchy Quadrilateral, one in front of the Quadrilateral, another close to Ginchy Telegraph, just opposite the derelict house on the Lesboeufs road, one on the Combles road I think not far from the Dickens Memorial, another on the long straight track that leads from the Ginchy-Flers lane, again just beyond the HT cables. The track which joins it on the Hogsback off the Ginchy-Lesboeufs road beyond the Guards Memorial has been widened and metalled presumably to accomodate traffic for yet more installations on the Hogsback. There are markers in the verges of all the roads there presumably denoting the course of cabling. I noticed signs pointing to E3 to E10, so presumably there are at least 8 sites. Where E1 and 2 are I know not. If these are turbines, and I can't think what else they might be, they represent the first encroachment of these monsters into the heart of the 1916 Somme battlefield, and I can think of few if any locations from which they won't be eminently visible, both day, and with their starkly hideous jabbing neon warning lights, equally by night. I know that opinions on these things are mixed, but I can't help but wonder, whether, in all the vastness of Picardy, it was really vital to plonk them all over such an emotive and historically significant landscape. Edited 4 March , 2018 by horrocks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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