MP says enough is enough and time wind turbines were built somewhere other than Fenland

MP STEVE Barclay tonight called for an end to any more wind turbines being built in Fenland.

“It is time other parts of the country made their contribution to renewable energy targets and stop passing the buck to places like North East Cambridgeshire,” he said.

The Government, he suggested, could look particularly to larger metropolitan areas and cities to do their bit.

Mr Barclay said: “There is real concern in Fenland at the impact on our unique landscape which is being undermined by the number and location of wind turbines. “There are already 43 on-shore wind turbines in Fenland and a further 12 in the planning permission process. The existing wind turbines provide renewable energy for the equivalent of 40,000 homes when Fenland, as a whole has 41,800 homes as at 2008.”

His comments came as a Government inspector concludes a 10 day inquiry at Wisbech for two further wind farm developments which had been rejected by Fenland District Council.

Mr Barclay said he was a supporter of the Fenrats Campaign who are opposing the 12 additional on-shore wind turbines currently before the planning inspector and promised he would “continue to put the case on their behalf in Westminster and in private meetings with Ministers.”

Mr Barclay is also challenging Ministers over why the funding for on-shore wind turbines and off-shore wind turbines and even solar power are all so much higher than the funding being made available for tidal energy, given that the United Kingdom is an island nation and tidal energy could also offer great business potential with exports around the world.

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