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Bill Cash slams Aston-by-Stone wind mast application in his objection to Stafford Borough Council

Press release 20/08/09       

Following meetings with the local Burstonwind action group, Stone MP Bill Cash has slammed the application for a wind mast at Aston-by-Stone. Cash objected to the planning application [09/12437/FUL] for the erection of a 60m high wind monitoring mast for a temporary period of two years, on land at Aston Hall Farm, Aston-By-Stone.
 
Bill Cash said “I oppose the proposals on environmental and planning grounds and also on the grounds that wind turbines are inefficient, uneconomic and based on massive subsidies and which – far from being environmentally friendly or a sustainable source of energy – spoil the landscape, damage the local community, and drive down house prices.
 
“I support the objections of the Burstonwind campaign group and all local residents opposing this application. I have written to Stafford Borough Council with my formal objection to the application, in line with the concerns raised by my constituents.
 
“Our objections to the application include its unsuitable location, its affect on house prices, its threat to the public pathway, it acts as a monstrous obstacle on the skyline, it is a threat to the beautiful landscapes and the historic listed buildings in the area, it is a threat to local wildlife and biodiversity and there has been a complete lack of concern over priority and protected species. There are also serious concerns over the refused Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and over wider consultation and it is an incongruous and alien development, which is wholly inappropriate and a visual incursion. It is entirely unsuitable and I strongly oppose the application.”

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