Plans which would see the highest wind turbines throughout the whole of England and Wales built in Hartlepool should be scrapped according to the town’s UKIP Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
Permission is being sought for three single turbines over 200m (655ft) high at Graythorp Industrial Estate, Brenda Road West Industrial Estate and Tofts Road West.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change said it believed these would be the highest in England and Wales.
Arnott said “In the UK we have an energy crisis. I completely understand that in 21st century Britain we should be looking at sustainable energy sources, however, it is ludicrous that we consistently look to expensive wind farms as the most efficient option.
“Whist wind turbines may suit rich landowners who can afford to have them on their estate, it will not suit many pensioners and families across Hartlepool who will feel the brunt of the subsidy on their energy bills, leaving them with the stark choice this winter between heating and eating.
According to The Poverty Site, in 2009, 4 million homes were classified as being in fuel poverty (18% of all households in England) – households are considered by the Government to be in ‘fuel poverty’ if they would have to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel to keep their home in a ‘satisfactory’ condition.
“We should instead be investing in alternative technologies such as tidal and nuclear power. Both of which are both far more sustainable and efficient, and would go a considerable distance in making energy bills cheaper in comparison to Labour’s proposed phoney price freeze”.