Conservative candidate calls for end to wind farm subsidy

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Louth & Horncastle Victoria Atkins with Coun Tony Bridges at Newton Marsh Wind Farm,
Conservative parliamentary candidate for Louth & Horncastle Victoria Atkins with Coun Tony Bridges at Newton Marsh Wind Farm,

Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Louth and Horncastle Victoria Atkins is backing the end of public subisdies for onshore windfarms.

The party is proposing to end the cash support and ensure that applications for large-scale onshore wind farms in England and Wales are determined through the local planning system.

One of Britain’s biggest wind farm companies RWE is currently building the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm and applying for permission to install underground cabling from the wind turbines to Anderby Creek and onto Bicker Fen, running through Orby and other villages.

Company bosses recently revealed that private discussions with senior Labour and Liberal Democrat figures have given ‘very strong support for onshore wind.’

Mrs Atkins said: “In recent months, I have travelled around the constituency listening to local people’s views on wind farms. I have also visited the sites where applications for wind farms have been made so that I can see for myself the potential impact on local communities.

“From Tetney to Orby, many people in Louth & Horncastle will be appalled to hear about these Labour and Liberal Democrat plans for a massive expansion of onshore wind farms.

“Lincolnshire already has more than its fair share of wind farms – and the coast of Louth & Horncastle bears a particular burden, onshore and offshore. Enough is enough!

“Now that we have enough onshore wind power to meet our renewables target, the Prime Minister has promised to end public subsidies for newly planned onshore wind farms in Lincolnshire.”