[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

MP backs protest group – but spells out the challenges ahead 

Villagers battling to prevent a wind farm being built near their homes have received a boost after Boston’s MP pledged his support for their cause.

But Mark Simmonds left a meeting of the Sibsey Turbine Onshore Protest (STOP) group in no doubt as to the scale of the task ahead as members try to prevent the Needham Wind Farm project becoming a towering reality.

Speaking in the inviting confines of Mallow’s Cottage, the home of STOP chairman Tina McEwan, which may soon stand in the long shadow of a 400-foot turbine, Mr Simmonds told the 15-strong group he would be backing them all the way.

“I am very sympathetic to the plight of your community,” he said. “You will find me very supportive of what you’re trying to do.

“We would all support making a meaningful contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases through increasing renewable energy, but in a flat Fenland landscape, with the sorts of wind speeds you get round here?

“This is not the right place to put wind farms.”

However, Mr Simmonds had strong words of warning for anyone thinking the task would be straightforward.

“This is not an easy thing to stop, once it gets going,” he said. “What I can’t do is pick up the phone to the chairman of the (East Lindsey District Council) planning committee and say ‘you must stop this’. MPs are excluded from getting involved in individual planning decisions.”

Mr Simmonds outlined the difficulties councillors will face when a planning application is eventually submitted by developer Iberdrola.

“Firstly, central government can override local authorities’ decisions on renewable energy,” he said. “And if East Lindsey refuses permission and the developer successfully appeals, the council may have to pay the costs – and the councillors can be personally liable.”

He said STOP’s best bet was to garner as much public support as possible.

“I want to encourage you to keep going,” he said. “The more people you can get involved, signing petitions and getting people whipped up against the development, the more chance there is of stopping this.”

For more information on STOP, call 01205 750144.

By Jack Blanchard

Boston Standard

17 October 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky