Cornwall Council gives green light for council funds for turbines
Cornwall Council yesterday unlocked funds to build wind turbines at ten possible sites on council-owned land.
The cabinet gave its unanimous approval to use £16 million for renewable and wind power opportunities, despite recently being accused of wasting taxpayers' money.
They include land at Barwick Cuby and Trevorva, both near Probus, Truro; Trevascus Gorran, near St Austell; and Bodilly Wendron and South Trenoweth at Breage, both near Helston.
Broadlands, at Jacobstow near Bude, is also on the list, along with North Hellescott, Launceston; Bodwen Helland, Bodmin; Trevease Constantine near Falmouth; and Menerdue Stithians near Redruth.
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Last Wednesday councillor Julian German, cabinet member for localism, sustainability and devolution, put the recommendations forward, saying he did not want to spend taxpayers' money without the support of the cabinet for the scheme.
He said: "We are putting forward a scheme and an indicative list [of land] to show the council how the investment could look.
"Some of the sites may fall out before we launch a planning application and we will be consulting very widely."
He said the turbines would "help our budget, generate revenue in the future and cut our carbon emissions", adding: "We need to take leadership on this and I am willing to step up and take that leadership."
However, a petition has been launched against the scheme. Critics say wind turbines scar the landscape and affect tourism.
But councillor Graeme Hicks described it as a huge opportunity and urged members to support it. He also said the planning system was there to protect people, adding: "I do get fed up with Nimbys and the anti-turbine lobby all the time.
"This country will not have enough energy and lights will go out. Let's not whinge about it – let's just get on with it."