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Pledge to scrap windfarm subsidies  

Credit:  Staff reporter | Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer | 21 May 2015 | www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk ~~

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies says opposing the Mid Wales Windfarm Inquiry will be at the forefront of his plans for the next five years.

A decision on whether controversial windfarms will be built in Mid Wales was delayed until after the General Election.

Planning inspectors sat in Welshpool last year to consider whether permission should be granted for windfarms at five sites in Powys, while it also looked at the need for a high voltage pylon line linking into the National Grid at Lower Frankton, near Ellesmere.

Mr Davies said: “I will continue my opposition against the Mid Wales windfarm and connection project.

“I will do everything we can to stop that plan and protect the future of our beautiful countryside.

“Now we’re in government my party will ensure that it is the end of windfarm subsidies.”

This message was enforced by the re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Powys prior to the election, who pledged to cut the subsidies if he returned to office.

“Frankly I think we have got enough on-shore wind and we have enough to be going on with.

“Almost 10 per cent of our electricity needs, and I think we should give local people a say if they want to block these sorts of projects.

“The only way to stop more on-shore wind is to vote Conservative – there is no other party with this policy.

“We are saying very clearly we would remove the subsidy and give local people the power to say yes or no.”

Despite his opposition to the Mid Wales Wind Farm Inquiry, Mr Davies said that during the next four-years he planned to sit on a committee for renewable energy.

He added: “Climate change is hugely important.

“We will be looking at small run community projects and more solar powered energy.

“However, we can’t have any project in Montgomeryshire which requires power lines from Shropshire.”

Source:  Staff reporter | Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer | 21 May 2015 | www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk

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