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MP speaks out on wind farm plans  

Credit:  Ripon Gazette | 18 March 2013 | www.ripongazette.co.uk ~~

Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith has spoken out in Parliament against wind farms.

Mr Smith raised his continued concerns about the actions of wind farm developers in the House of Commons on Friday, March 15.

During Energy and Climate Change Questions, he said to the Secretary of State:

“Communities throughout North Yorkshire are being bullied by wind companies, and money is being wasted. Will the Secretary of State meet me, and other North Yorkshire Members of Parliament, to discuss why the Liberal Democrat obsession with wind is not what North Yorkshire wants?”

Plans to build four 110m wind turbines at Pennypot Lane near Hampsthwaite and a further seven 100m turbines at Felliscliffe are currently under council consideration, and Harrogate Borough Council is expected to meet in April to discuss them.

The applications have come from Kelda, the company behind Yorkshire Water, and seperate company Tapar.

Speaking after the debate Mr Smith added:

“Communities across my constituency are being frustrated by the actions of developers who want to build turbines that are blots on the natural beauty of our stunning landscape. I want the Secretary of State to do more to reduce the subsidies on offer to developers which tempts them to put in applications for increasing numbers of turbines across North Yorkshire. I will continue to make that case to the Government in the weeks and months ahead.”

Source:  Ripon Gazette | 18 March 2013 | www.ripongazette.co.uk

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