Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds opposed to 'inappropriate' Bicker Fen substation
BOSTON'S MP has voiced his opposition to 'inappropriate' substation proposals in Bicker.
Mark Simmonds has written to John Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, about plans by RWE npower renewables to create a substation of up to 20-hectares in size near to Bicker Fen.
The proposals are part of a scheme for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm which the developer hopes to build off the coast of Mablethorpe.
In his letter, Mr Simmonds, said: "While I am aware that wind power has a role to play in the UK's energy portfolio I also firmly believe that wind farms should be located appropriately and have local support.
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"My own constituency of Boston and Skegness seems to be consistently targeted for onshore wind development proposals and the inevitable infrastructure that results from such developments.
"I have personally opposed proposals to build a substation on a war memorial site and an area of land at high risk of flooding."
Bicker Fen is already home to a wind turbine of 13-turbines, and Mr Simmonds fears the latest plans would further industrialise the area.
He said: " It seems unreasonable that such a small rural village should be asked to host yet more wind related infrastructure.
"In my role as a local MP I have consistently opposed any inappropriate proposals for onshore wind or related infrastructure which will have a negative impact on the lives and assets of my constituents and will continue to do so.
"I believe that if better consideration is given to the location of wind technology then it will be able to play a more efficient and acceptable role in the UK's energy supply."
RWE's consultation opens on February 19 and a consultation event will be held at Bicker Fen Village Hall between 3pm and 7pm on March 6.
More information about the proposals that have been put forward can be found at www.npower-renewables.com/tritonknoll