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Bill Cash vows to fight Aston Grange wind farm proposals

Press release 28/07/09       

 
Local MP, Bill Cash spoke last night at a packed meeting relating to the Aston Grange wind farm proposals, attended by David Kidney MP and Stafford Borough Councillor Frances Beatty as well as Severn Trent and their planning consultants.
 
Cash slammed 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 which is already happening in the neighbouring vicinity on a serious scale.
 
Cash quoted Professor Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford and also Sir David King, former chief science advisor to Tony Blair’s Government, both of whom have been extremely critical of wind farm proposals and quoted other issues, demonstrating the case against wind turbines. He said that he would support the Burstonwind Action group in opposing the proposals. Bill Cash also insisted that there should be an Environmental Impact Assessment and was glad to note that the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Ramblers Association are supporting those concerns.


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.”


Bill Cash MP welcomes Stafford Borough Council’s decision to refuse wind mast at Aston-by-Stone

Press release 19/11/09

In response to Stafford Borough Council’s Development Control Committee refusing the anemometer mast at Aston-by-Stone, Bill Cash said:

“I welcome the Council’s decision to refuse the application for the wind mast at Aston-by-Stone. I had strongly objected to the proposals for a wind mast, on behalf of my constituents, and I praise the efforts of the 'Stone & Trent Valley Opposed to Severn Trent Water' campaign group, and particularly Paul Shaw, Keith Washington, Kev Ryder and all local residents who have opposed this wind mast.

“These wind energy schemes are uneconomic and packed with distorting subsidies.

“I objected to the mast on the grounds that it was in an entirely unsuitable location, it threatened public access, it was a monstrous obstacle on the skyline, showing little concern for the landscape, listed buildings, wildlife and biodiversity, whilst there were concerns over the refusal of the Environmental Impact Assessment and that it was largely an incongruous and alien development.

“There were also outstanding aviation concerns relating to its positioning under an RAF low flying area. I therefore welcome the Council’s decision to refuse the application for the wind mast.”

 



Bill Cash MP condemns Severn Trent proposals for Aston Grange

Press release 19/06/09       

Bill Cash has met with the campaign leaders of the coordinating group on Aston Grange wind turbines.
 
Mr. Cash said “I will fight tooth and nail against the proposals. Seven Trent’s proposals are irresponsible and contrary to public interest.
 
“They are backed by subsidies and will have the affect of destroying the environment in the whole of the Aston area and Stone itself.”
 
“I will fight the proposals all the way. I will appear at any public inquiry and will do everything personally to stop this desecration of Stone taking place.”


Bill Cash MP calls for Government to review noise and distance limits over wind turbines

Press release 18/12/09

In response to recent reports on wind turbines relating to noise-induced health concerns and setback distances from housing, Bill Cash MP said:
 
“The recent media reports suggest that the Government may have ignored health concerns related to significantly high noise levels resulting from wind turbines because they had set an unsuitably high limit. This serious concern must be answered. 
 
“Noise levels of 33 decibel limit were ignored because Government officials used a very high 43 decibel limit instead.
 
“I have written to Ed Miliband, as this cannot be an acceptable way to pursue these schemes, which are also greatly inefficient, uneconomic and packed with subsidies.”
 
Mr. Cash also continued to raise the issue of setback distances in his letter to the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.





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