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Sleaford MP Stephen Phillips leads debate against wind farms

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham

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THE MP for Sleaford has been standing up for local residents in the debate against wind farms.

Stephen Phillips led a debate last week in Westminster Hall on issues surrounding planning and onshore wind turbines in Lincolnshire.

Stephen called the debate to raise questions with the minister about the balance in planning between renewable energy targets and localism.

He also called for more clarity in guidance to ensure that communities have a proper say in decisions about wind farm developments.

In his speech in the debate, Stephen said: "The nature of our county inevitably means that turbines have a larger impact on residents in Lincolnshire than they perhaps do in other areas.

"Constituents who live near and far from proposed sites are thus properly concerned that even a small number of turbines have an overwhelming, disproportionate and oppressive visual impact, and they are often understandably worried about the effect of turbines on the value of their properties."

The responsible minister, Don Foster MP, replying for the Government said that there was an appetite for onshore wind in this country and that two thirds of the public believed that it was the way forward.

He did say the Government believed that if they were going to have wind farms they would have to be sited correctly and that Mr Phillips was right to have raised concerns about cases in which he believed that was not happening.

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  • Pete67  |  November 17 2012, 10:19AM

    I remember some years ago when I lived up West Yorkshire them building a wind farm. We were told it would give cheaper electricity with enough power for the part I lived in. I must admit I was a bit sceptical. Eventually after upsetting the water shed, and a lot of controversy the wind farm came on line. Strange it was just before the price of electricity increased.

  • Fragpig2  |  November 14 2012, 3:09PM

    2/3'rds of the public believed that.... The public tend to believe what they are told, we are told they are good for business, good for the environment, we need renewables as part of our future energy mix. All this is quite contrary to the facts that onshore wind costs double that of gas/coal, and offshore costs 3 times as much, they only survive on subsidies. They produce little power (about 2% for th 3000 turbines we have), they need coal/gas on standby for when they don't turn. They affect health as new study shows, chop up bats and birds of prey. Google '28 gate' the BBC's latest scandal, where by they left all neutrality behind on global warming by taking advice from lobbying groups and presenting the public with a very biased 'green' outlook on the subject. Don Foster MP saying we're going ahead with wind turbines because the 'public believe' is disgusting, we were told what to believe, by the government, by the BBC, by the MSM, but it is all unravelling, the truth is out. Even the IPCC has condemned the Stern Report as bad economics. If you want the elderly to die of cold due to fuel poverty build more wind turbines.

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