November 5, 2012

MP Julian Smith urges people to speak out on wind farms

Craven Herald & Pioneer | 4 November 2012 |

Skipton MP Julian Smith is encouraging residents to let the Government know their views on onshore wind farms.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking a “Call for Evidence” to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting wind farms in their communities.

Local applications for wind turbines at Chelker Reservoir, near Draughton, and Brightenber Hill, near Gargrave, evoked much debate.

Mr Smith said: “We have seen many controversial wind farm applications across my constituency and I have been concerned to ensure the voice of communities is always properly heard.

“This consultation is the opportunity for residents to let the Government know their views on these developments and the impact they can have on where they live.

“I have been calling on Ministers to reduce the subsidies available to onshore wind farm developers.

“My hope is that this consultation leads to less money being available for firms to put up turbines that often don’t make economic sense without subsidies and threaten some of the most spectacular landscape in the country.”

Responses to the consultation can be sent to and the deadline is Thursday, November 15.

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