Prescott slams 'nimby' councils

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott today launched a savage attack on wind turbines 'nimbys' - people who say "not in my backyard."

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott today launched a savage attack on wind turbines 'nimbys' - people who say "not in my backyard." He criticised people who opposed wind turbines being set up near their homes and planning committees who uphold their objections.

 

Prescott announced the inaugural Age Of Stupid awards - named after a hard-hitting environmental film which criticises those who fail to act on climate change - were 'won' by planners in Bedford and the Isle of Wight. Launching a new environmental campaign ahead of this year's Copenhagen conference on climate change, he said planners in Bedford had repeatedly rejected an application by wind farm developer Piers Guy, although he had cut the number of turbines from 15 to nine to three.

 

Prescott said the latest decision was a "disgrace" and added: "The first Age of Stupid award goes to Bedford, which follows the Isle of Wight - even when there were many people employed, they'd refused to have it. "Stupid planning committee in Bedford, stupid planning committee in the Isle of Wight - I hope they get upset about it.

 

"We have to counteract the nimbys who say they want change, but not in their backyard." Prescott said opposition forces were gathering against an international climate change agreement being reached in Copenhagen.

 

"If you switch on the TV, there is a massive campaign in the American oil companies against any agreement whatsoever. At Kyoto we managed to get an agreement. I am pleased to say that Britain is one of the four countries only out of the EU 15 that has achieved its Kyoto targets."

 

He added: "Two thirds of applications for wind turbines are being turned down by councils. "The opposition forces are beginning to develop."

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