Local UKIP Euro-MP Jonathan Arnott has reacted angrily to planning approval being given for three huge wind turbines in Hartlepool.
“Although slightly smaller than originally envisaged they are still monstrous beasts at 574 ft (175m). I find it horrifying that they will be 56ft higher than Blackpool Tower and visible from five miles away.
“And as well as being a terrible eyesore they are not an efficient energy source,” said Mr Arnott.
“I completely understand that in this day and age we need to look at sustainable energy sources but expensive wind farms are not the answer. The winners are wealthy landowners and the losers families and pensioners who feel the brunt of the subsidy on their energy bills.
“We should instead be investing in alternative technologies such as tidal and nuclear power, which are both far more sustainable and efficient.
“Hundreds of objections were made by local people to these turbines at Graythorp Industrial Estate, Brenda Road West Industrial Estate and Tofts Road West and their views have been ignored. Future generations will look back at this era of wind turbines and see it for the utter madness it is,” he added.
Local UKIP Hartlepool PPC Phillip Broughton added “I don’t believe that people want wind turbines in the area at all, but they certainly do not want any this big. The idea of putting turbines higher than Blackpool tower within the town is crazy. Besides this, these turbines will simply result in yet more expensive taxpayer subsidies for inefficient wind technology.