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Torridge MP secures House of Commons debate over wind turbines in the South West

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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THE MP for Torridge and West Devon will take part in a House of Commons debate on wind turbines in the South West after receiving hundreds of letters from concerned constituents.

Geoffrey Cox, who has been a long time objector of wind turbines in the area, secured tomorrows debate which will cover wind power in the region along with planning applications.

Mr Cox said: “In every corner of Torridge and in parts now of West Devon the proliferation of applications is affecting our communities. Commercial turbine developers wield much greater economic muscle than our small district councils, deploying first division lawyers to argue their case at the hearing of the planning appeal by the inspector.

“As one reads a typical planning inspector's reasoning, one is struck by what appears to be either a philistine incomprehension of the damaging nature of these intrusions into the unspoiled rural nature of our landscape, or a deliberate downplaying of its significance in favour of the supposed benefits of this type of renewable energy.

“It is absurd to suggest that the erection of dozens of these gigantic machines throughout a small district will not ultimately change its entire character.

“I am profoundly disturbed by the stealthy, insidious nature of the threat we face in Torridge and West Devon from wind turbines, and I hope that this debate will enable MPs to press the minister to do more to reduce it.”

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  • PAWB46  |  March 12 2014, 6:47AM

    Talk, talk, talk. That's all MPs do. No action at all. If they were sympathetic to the countryside, the MPs would remove all subsidies from wind turbines and solar farms and allow the countryside to be a place for producing food, for tourism and for peace and tranquillity. It's obvious that Labour, the Conservatives and the LibDems are quite happy to allow the countryside to be ruined by these useless, unreliable and heavily subsidised (by all electricity consumers) so-called renewable eenergy generators. The economy of the country is being slowly killed off by the ever-rising electricity prices caused by wind turbines and solar farms. We need proper power stations, not bird-chomping, bat-mincing monsters and thousands of acres of indistrialised countryside covered with solar panels.

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  • IvorWard  |  March 11 2014, 10:18PM

    So how many MP's will turn up to this debate? One? Two? Will Mr Invisible Dan Rogerson appear now he has finished playing Noah in Somerset. Perhaps he might actually notice that his own constituency is being trashed by rich land owners and foreign corporations. Or will he adopt his usual " I cannot comment on anything my constituents actually care about" but here is another photo opportunity beside a tractor with some school kids for good measure.

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