‘Halt turbine invasion’ plea

LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has called for a halt to the ‘unrestrained invasion’ of wind turbines across the county.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 19th June 2012, 1:09 pm

Executive members at the authority met on Wednesday 6th June to agree a stronger position on wind farms.

Council leader Coun Martin Hill said there has been a proliferation of wind farms across Lincolnshire in recent years.

“We feel that enough is enough. Although we understand the need for alternative energy and are not opposed to all wind farms, we remain unconvinced by the questionable science behind them,” he said.

“Not only are these things spoiling our beautiful countryside for future generations, they could also seriously damage our tourism industry – who wants to spend their holiday looking at a 400ft turbine?”

He added: “Similarly, who wants to live next door to one? People enjoy living in Lincolnshire because we have a great way of life, not because the landscape’s blighted by wind farms.”

“On top of that, there are also issues around the damage caused to roads during the construction and decommissioning of turbines.”

Coun Hill added that the authority needed to take a strong stance against the creation of further developments and said residents should not have to foot the bill.

“At a time of rising ‘fuel poverty’ people shouldn’t have to subsidise these developments through their energy bills,” he said.

For these reason, we want to raise the bar even higher for anyone wanting to construct a wind farm in the county, and urge them to think twice about the impact their plans will have.”