Burnham wind farm protesters welcome government's subsidy axe
fighting against plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
have this week welcomed reports that the government is preparing
to scrap all subsidies for onshore wind farms.
Reports in several national newspapers, including The
Telegraph, have claimed the subsidy regime for onshore wind
and solar panels is now expected to be phased out by the end of
David Maund, from the No Pilrow campaign group opposed to a scheme
at Rooksbridge near Burnham, welcomed the news this week and said
Broadview Energy, the firm behind the plans, should re-think its
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is now clear from numerous
reports that the government are finally taking heed of the views
of the vast majority of the British public affected by these wind
turbines. Not only do these monsters despoil beautiful countryside
but it is now overwhelmingly apparent that they are inefficient
and subsidised to such an extent that they are becoming one of
the root causes of the increase in fuel poverty in this country."
"Our view is not only should all these subsidies be scrapped
but this should happen much sooner than 2020 otherwise all we
will see is a mad scramble by profit motivated companies intent
only on taking all they can whilst it is there to take."
all other wind energy companies seeking to batten on the generous
subsidies paid for by consumers Broadview Energy will now surely
be aware that the tide has turned against this particular 'scam'.
The overwhelming local opposition to their proposed planning application,
the recent decisions on the Huntspill wind farms and the reduction,
and later removal, of generous subsidies paid for by all of us
through out energy bills means that this particular gravy train
is finally coming to a halt."
"Wind turbines do very little if anything to reduce global
carbon emissions. Without subsidies they cannot and never will
support themselves financially and now like most other countries
we in Britain are finally if somewhat belatedly realising this.
The people of East Brent, Rooksbridge and the surrounding countryside
have lived with this threat for a year now and we would like to
think that the company will finally get the message and withdraw
their proposition and give the villages and people back their
peace of mind. Life for most people at the moment is stressful
enough without the shadow of 130m turbines hanging over us all."
firm Broadview wants to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines
on land at Pilrow Farm south of Rooksbridge. Its planning application
is due shortly.
Broadview spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Subsidies
for onshore wind farms are being reduced as the technology is
becoming cheaper and more efficient."
is in stark contrast to the cost of generating electricity from
fossil fuels, which has been steadily rising over the last decade
and will continue to do so as the UK becomes increasingly dependent
on expensive imports to meet its energy needs."
is continuing to promote wind energy as an important part of future
energy policy in the UK, however, as renewable energy is becoming
cheaper it is only right that those savings should be passed on
to electricity consumers."