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Tories go cold on wind power and the climate change fight

September 2, 2011 12:18 PM

Cambridgeshire Tories have reinforced their lack of commitment to the climate change fight by going cold on wind power.

They plan to put a hold on allowing wind farms on Cambridgeshire County Council land and blow away almost £1 million a year in extra revenue.

The move comes just months after they deleted tackling climate change as a strategic objective.

On Tuesday, Cambridgeshire's County Council Cabinet will decide whether to go-ahead with the deferral despite lining up developers for four sites across the district - Farcet, Chatteris, Littleport and Coveney - where wind farms were to be built on Farms Estate land owned by the council.

Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Sarah Whitebread said: "This makes absolutely no sense. At a time when the county council is struggling to make ends meet and crucial services across the county are being cut back, this development would have brought in much needed extra money.

"This decision came as a complete bolt out of the blue. There can be no obvious reason for it other than a change in political direction and a climate change skepticism brought about by the new leader.

"If we are serious about protecting our environment and fighting climate change, we should be doing everything we can to promote renewable energy. And even if the Tories cannot see the benefit on environmental grounds they must see the financial gain that this project offers.

"I hope that they will reinforce the council's commitment to tackling climate change by allowing future wind farm development."