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Wind Turbine plans ‘stealing soul’ of English countryside

Rowena Mason — Political Correspondent — The Telegraph — February 4, 2013

Eddie Martin, the local Conservative leader, said the region is at risk of being ruined by politicians “determined to steal Cumbria’s soul in the name of green energy”.

In a letter to John Hayes, a Tory energy minster, he called on the Government to drop its “fixation” with turbines as the “jewel in the crown of Britain’s landscapes” has reached saturation point.

He also described the Coalition’s commitment to localism as a “cruel joke”, as local communities feel powerless to stop wind farms being built in their areas.

Anti-wind campaigners claim Cumbria hosts as many wind turbines as all the other counties of England combined.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Martin said there is a “very very strong feeling in Cumbria that we are taking more than our fair share” of wind farms.

Mr Martin said local people feel helpless as they are “gradually encircled with pillars of steel” on countryside right next to the protected Lake District national parks.

“You can’t have pick and mix localism,” he said. “Either we give communities the power to make a decision or we do not but we can’t play at it. If localism is to mean anything, it must mean more than they appear to do so at the moment.”

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