Louth & Horncastle MP speaks out on the wind farm industry

Louth and Horncastle MP, Victoria Atkins.

Louth and Horncastle MP, Victoria Atkins.

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Victoria Atkins, the Member of Parliament for Louth & Horncastle, spoke out against the wind turbine industry during a debate on Onshore Wind Subsidies in Parliament yesterday afternoon (June 22).

Mrs Atkins was responding to a statement made by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, in which she set out her plans to end subsidies for new onshore wind developments and fulfil her Government’s pledge to ensure that “local people have the final say on onshore wind applications” in the future.

In her response, Victoria Atkins said: “I welcome today’s statement, as will many residents of my constituency, which has borne more than its fair share of the brunt of the wind turbine industry.

“Will the Secretary of State consider a ‘two strikes and you’re out’ policy for developers who keep coming back again and again and tweaking their applications, costing local councils hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees and causing prolonged distress for local residents?”

The Secretary of State responded positively, saying: “I think my honourable friend, who makes a good point, will find that under the new regime as announced today and last week, the community have the final say and councils will be in a much stronger position to make that clear to any developers that approach them.”

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