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Prescott slams turbine opposition

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott slammed people not in favour of wind turbines being built near their homes.

He criticised the wind turbine ‘nimbys’ and the planning committees who uphold their objections.

He said that planners in Bedford and the Isle of Wight were the ‘winners’ of the first Age of Stupid awards. The name has been taken from an environmental film attacking those who do not act on climate change.

Mr Prescott added that Bedford planners continuously stood in the way of Piers Guy despite the wind farm developer reducing the number of turbines from 15 to nine to three.

“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,” he said.

“We have to counteract the nimbys who say they want change, but not in their backyard.”

A spokeswoman for Bedford Borough Council said: “Albeit there is a Government expression of support for wind farms, the council cannot ignore its statutory duty to consider all aspects of any proposal on its own merits.”