nWINDFARMS are part of the national energy strategy, but it is the siting of them which is contentious. Eddisbury is a largely rural constituency, enjoyed not only by those living in the country but also by those in towns seeking peace and beauty.
Wind turbines should not be positioned where they spoil the beauty of the countryside.
There may be suitable sites within Eddisbury which would be tolerated by the local community but current planning law is a blunt-edged tool which causes significant stress to communities.
A much better approach is to find suitable sites and to then seek the consent of the local community. I would like to see a profit sharing agreement so the community is compensated over the lifetime of the farm. The current emphasis is for off-shore windfarms and I support this.
If the country were serious about reducing overall energy use, there would be no need for land-based windfarms. Windfarms are but one issue in a much bigger energy debate. As a country, we must use less energy more efficiently. We have to look at the cause of the issue – too much wasteful energy consumption – and address that, not keep coming up with ‘fixes’ like land- based wind farms.