Turbine subsidies face Tory axe

Owen Patterson with Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Owen Patterson with Anne-Marie Trevelyan

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick, has welcomed news that a majority Conservative government elected in 2015 would axe public subsidies for any newly planned on-shore wind turbines.

Existing wind farms and those with planning permission would be protected from the change but further developments will not be subsidised.

Ms Trevelyan said: “This is excellent news and will bring much relief to local people.”

The pledge also includes a commitment to change planning procedures that would give local communities more power to reject on-shore wind projects not already in place.

Ms Trevelyan has been a vocal opponent to government subsidies of on-shore wind farms.

She added: “Every day I see and hear the huge anger that these monstrosities have caused among local communities and I have made sure that ministers understand the strength of feeling that exists here. Local people now know for sure that a majority Conservative government after the next election will stop subsiding on-shore wind farms.”

Ms Trevelyan praised the impact the decision will have on the people of north Northumberland and the economy.

She said: “As well as being inefficient, noisy and disruptive, on-shore wind farms just don’t make sense. Operators are paid twice as much for electricity compared to gas power stations.

“The only thing that they do guarantee is higher electricity bills which cripple hardworking families and drive businesses away.”

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