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Committee urges council to resist wind farms

The environmental committee for Lincolnshire County Council says that the authority should take a stronger position against wind farms.

The scrutiny committee has today urged the council’s executive to adopt a new stance at its meeting on June 6 to oppose the installation of new turbines.

Coun Colin Davie, committee chairman, said: “Lincolnshire’s attractive landscape, its coastal and historic areas are the cornerstone of our tourism industry.

“A proliferation of wind farms would not only have a severe impact on the natural environment, it could also seriously jeopardise a major sector of our economy.

“Similarly, we think it’s unfair for residential areas to be blighted by wind farms, and are particularly concerned about the long-term damage caused to county roads during the construction and decommissioning of turbines.

“On top of this, onshore wind turbines are one of the least efficient ways of producing electricity.

“The fact that these developments are subsidised through energy bills is also contributing to the increase in ‘fuel poverty’, which currently affects a quarter of county homes.

“For these reasons, we’re recommending the county council resists the creation of any new wind farms in the county, and urge any company wishing to start a development here to think twice.”

The recommendation comes following new local and national policies and studies.