Rural Northumberland receives a high number of applications for wind turbines. We all accept the need for renewable energy, but any highly visible development must be appropriate for our area.
There is real local concern about the impact of turbines on our landscape, their efficiency and potential damaging effects to wildlife. In April, Conservative councillors put a motion to council calling for an urgent consultation with residents to inform a plan for how many there should be and where they should go. Other political parties refused to back us.