THE Conservative Party and UKIP have joined forces in North Devon to fight plans for a massive offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel.
Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for North Devon Peter Heaton-Jones yesterday stood shoulder to shoulder with UKIP party chairman Steve Crowther and announced his opposition to plans for the Atlantic Array.
Mr Heaton-Jones and Mr Crowther held a joint press conference in Mortehoe at 1pm, when they announced how Mr Heaton-Jones is joining forces with Mr Crowther and the campaign group Slay the Array.
Mr Crowther is a staunch opponent of the plan, which could see up to 240 turbines 220m high sited 15km from the North Devon coast.
And he said he was happy to welcome Mr Heaton-Jones on board in the fight against the Array.
“What’s important here is the future of North Devon,” he said, “not party politics.
“Peter’s position is a little difficult because his party is all in favour of the plan so all credit to him for standing up for North Devon.”
Mr Heaton-Jones said the decision to stick his flag in the ground and say he opposes the array was a “no-brainer”.
“When you look at the evidence on all side of the argument it’s obvious the right decision is to oppose the plan,” he said.
“It’s wrong on every level and now I’m working with Steve because he’s headed up Slay the Array.
“There are no party politics involved. I am doing, and will always do, what needs to be done for the people of North Devon.”
The announcement coincides with the imminent deadline by which groups and individuals must register to have their views on the Atlantic Array considered.