A new row has erupted over the controversial windfarm development at Conisholme.
At a special briefing held for East Lindsey District Council planning committee members, Coun Robert Palmer described the turbines as ‘monstrosities’.
He continued: “They’re a blot on the landscape – as you drive along, they seem to follow you around.”
Coun Palmer, who represents the North Somercotes ward, said the Conisholme community had been ‘screwed’ by the planning system.
He said the windfarm project had been ‘undemocratically pushed through’ because of pressure imposed by the governnment on planners.
However, he was cut short by the chairman, Coun Stephen Eyre, who warned he risked compromising his position in the event he might want to speak in committee on future windfarm applications,
He reminded committee members: “Before you open your mouths, make sure your brains are working.”
Coun Victoria Ayling called for the council to refer the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman because of continuing concerns.
She said a recent inquiry on the council’s handling of the Conisholme application had not been ‘independent’ because it was ELDC that had commissioned the report.
Chief executive Nigel Howells accepted procedural mistakes had been made by the council but he reminded the committee no evidence had been found of ‘improper conduct’.
He added: “If this had been the case, we would have gone to the district auditor or to the police.”
The Conisholme controversy is due to come under the spotlight of planners at a special meeting of the full council at 6.30pm today (Wednesday December 19). The proceedings will be open to the public.
By Charles Ladbrook
14 December 2007
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