Over 60 per cent of Lincolnshire’s residents do not believe wind farms should play a part in meeting the county’s future energy needs, a survey has found.
Lincolnshire County Council, who have publicly criticised wind development, surveyed just under 4,000 people, including 1,127 from East Lindsey, to create the figures.
Overall 89 per cent of people either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with the authority’s tough stance, and 63 per cent of people felt wind farms had no role to play in meeting our energy needs.
However over 35 per cent said wind farms should play a part in meeting Lincolnshire’s future energy needs.
And 76 per cent said that the impact of wind developments on Lincolnshire’s landscapes, including areas of outstanding natural beauty and coastal conservation, was ‘very important’.
Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Clearly our residents feel something has to be done about the unrestrained spread of wind turbines across the county. It also looks that, as far as our residents are concerned, the county council is on the right track.
“We understand the need for renewable energy. However, we can’t ignore the impact wind farms are having of our beautiful and historic countryside for what appears to be very limited gain.
“We need to make sure we balance our need for green energy against inappropriate developments that ruin the very environment we’re trying to protect. We’re confident our guidelines will bring that balance.”
A report will now be presented to the council’s executive members asking them to endorse a move to make the council’s current position official policy. If they agree, this will go before the full council on February 22 for approval.
James Pocklington of Louth, a member of the Lincolnshire Pro Wind Alliance, told the Leader last month that the county council should stop their ‘bias’.
“We want LCC to be quiet, and stop this bias, they are effectively only a consultee on applications up to 50MW,” he said.
“There is clearly a silent majority in the UK in favour of wind energy, the government have done surveys and it is consistently around 66 per cent in favour.”
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