Energy Minister backed by Anglesey anti-turbine group
01 November 2012 |
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CAMPAIGNERS against onshore wind turbines on Anglesey have welcomed comments made by the government’s Energy Minister that wind farms should no longer be “imposed on communities”.
Cabinet member John Hayes has come under fire in the coalition government for his comments opposing more wind turbines in the UK, but campaign group Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT) have come out in support of the minister.
Mr Hayes said: “I can't single-handedly build a new Jerusalem but I can protect our green and pleasant land.
"We have issued a call for evidence on wind. That is about cost but also about community buy-in.
"We need to understand communities' genuine desires. We will form our policy in the future on the basis of that, not on a bourgeois left article of faith based on some academic perspective."
AAWWT have campaigned against turbines over the last 18 months, and have recently received 8000 signatures from island residents for a petition to Anglesey County Council calling for a ban on commercial wind turbines in the island’s Areas Of Natural Beauty (AONB) and a 2.5km buffer zone between turbines and homes.
The group now hope these latest comments will spark the council into action.
Owain Evans said: “These comments from a cabinet minister are very much welcomed.
“It’s obvious that the people of Anglesey are concerned about turbines. It’s been one of the biggest issues on Anglesey for years because it will have so much of an effect on everyone.
“The reason why most tourists come here is because of the beautiful landscape and coastline, and if the turbines come here then it will ruin the views and effect the tourism industry that so many people rely on.”