WIND FARMS MUST KEEP THEIR DISTANCE SAYS MP
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WIND FARMS MUST KEEP THEIR DISTANCE SAYS MP

Local MP Peter Luff says he believes the people in the Lenchwick area near Evesham, will be “very disappointed and surprised” that the Government is refusing to consider the impact of building wind farms near to people’s homes.
Peter, MP for Mid Worcestershire, had asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, to consider introducing a two kilometre “buffer zone” between new wind farm developments and existing inhabited dwellings, as is already the case in Scotland. In response, the Department rejected the idea and insisted it would evaluate proposals on “their likely impacts, taking into account the characteristics of particular locations”.

Commenting Peter said,

“I agree that wind farms are a necessary ingredient for the diverse energy mix we must develop to secure electricity supplies and to tackle climate change. But is up to the Government must ensure that its policies mean the turbines go in the best places possible – where they will be effective, but also do no harm. Sadly that just isn’t happening – a buffer zone is the ideal way forward, but they have rejected the idea.

“Why is it that people in Scotland are safe from having turbines overshadowing their properties, but people in England have to hope and pray that a Government “evaluation” will protect them?

“Most people accept wind farms are a good way of delivering renewable energy, but that doesn’t mean they should be built without thinking of the effect they will have on local communities and individual properties.

“The Scottish have set a good example and it’s a tragedy for my constituents that the government has turned its back on extending this sensible idea to England.”

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