Tory pledge on wind turbines

A Tory Minister has pledged that a future Conservative Government would end extra subsidies for onshore wind turbines.

Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, spoke to anti-wind turbine campaigner and Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to discuss concerns about the spread of onshore wind turbines in Northumberland.

Ms Trevelyan, who has been campaigning on the issue for 10 years and been working with residents to oppose inappropriate applications, described onshore turbines, as a source of energy, as ‘intermittent, inefficient, inadequate and blighting the skylines in many parts of rural Northumberland’.

“It was a pleasure to meet with Liz Truss and get reassurance that the Government is determined to support the fight against the spread of onshore wind turbines in rural Northumberland,” she said.

Ms Trevelyan also highlighted her concerns about the cost of subsidising the building of new turbines.

“This is an entirely unacceptable situation affecting the poorest the most as they struggle to pay their fuel bills,” she said.

“That is why I am delighted that David Cameron has pledged to end the public subsidy for onshore wind turbines, a move opposed by the Lib Dems.

“We have already made great strides in fighting off large-scale onshore turbines thanks to the policy set in place in 2013 by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities.”

Ms Truss said: “I am extremely grateful to Anne-Marie for highlighting to me the impact of wind turbines on the local area and for her assiduous campaigning on this issue.

“It’s vital that local people have a greater say in planning applications for onshore wind and that the beautiful landscapes of counties like Northumberland are safeguarded for generations to come.

“That’s why a future Conservative Government will end any additional subsidy, put onshore wind back in the locally-led planning system and give even greater protection to locally-valued landscapes.”