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Prescott blasts wind farm 'nimbys'

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People who oppose wind turbines near their homes - and councils that back them up - have been the focus of a scathing attack by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

The MP for Hull East directed his anger at “nimbys” - which stands for ‘not in my backyard’ - as well planning committees for upholding such objections.

Mr Prescott announced that the first Age Of Stupid awards were ‘won’ by planners in Bedford and the Isle of Wight.

The awards are named after a hard-hitting environmental film which criticises those who fail to act on climate change.

Mr Prescott, in his new role as Council of Europe “rapporteur” on climate change, attended the event to launch a new environmental campaign ahead of this year’s Copenhagen conference on climate change.

He said planners in Bedford had repeatedly rejected an application by wind farm developer Piers Guy, although he had cut the number of turbines from 15 to nine to three.

“The first Age of Stupid award goes to Bedford, which follows the Isle of Wight - even when there were many people employed, they’d refused to have it.

“We have to counteract the nimbys who say they want change, but not in their backyard.”

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “Local councils have a crucial role to play in ensuring that Britain meets its targets for tackling climate change and reaping the economic and employment benefits of renewable energy developments.

“But if planning committees continue to reject wind turbines the UK will struggle to meet its targets for slashing emissions and generating green energy.

“New Government planning guidance is desperately needed to ensure the creation of a low carbon economy.”

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  • Currently Wind energy projects under 50MW need local planning consent - no other grid sized energy project do. Consequently over half get turned down and of these most get approved at appeal.

    Until this anomaly ends,we will continue to remain in our embarrasing position,the third lowest EU producer of renewable energy.

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