1 November 2012
Western Morning News
The Government appeared in disarray over its wind farm policy last night after the Energy Minister and the Prime Minister clashed over the development of new turbines.
Conservative Energy Minister John Hayes said it was “extraordinary” that wind turbines had been allowed “to be peppered around the country without due regard for the interests of the local community or their wishes”.
But his words earned a public rebuke from his boss, Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey, before David Cameron weighed into the row, insisting the Government’s policy remained unchanged but that there should be a “debate” on the issue.
Mr Hayes’ comments were initially welcomed in the Westcountry, which has been on the frontline of the debate over the controversial technology.
But hope turned to confusion as frantic efforts by the Lib Dem coalition partners attempted to stamp on his views. Caroline Harvey, secretary of the Two Moors Campaign which has been fighting applications for four wind farms just south of Exmoor National Park, said of Mr Hayes: “At last someone is speaking out.