New wind blowing for turbine plans

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP

On Thursday, I attended the business and economic development conference at Lancaster & Morecambe College.

It was an extremely well organised event and brought local business leaders, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, local authorities and academics together. I was one of four speakers at the conference.

After we had spoken and taken questions, panel discussions brought up some very interesting points and facilitated some exciting debate. Much of the debate will be discussed in more detail at a future meeting but I will keep you informed on developments.

I would like to say thank you to everyone at Lancaster & Morecambe College for organising such an excellent event.

You may know that I have been resolute in my opposition to wind farms, opposing new developments in the constituency and campaigning in Westminster for the Government to consult communities, such as the excellent HATS organisation in Heysham.

I am delighted to tell you that the Government has now announced that there will be new planning guidelines.

This means that the view of the local community will be taken into consideration.

Traditionally, the need for renewable energy had overridden the feelings of the community, so I am pleased to tell you that will no longer be the case.

I am sure this will be good news to those who have campaigned against wind farms in Heysham and the Lune Valley and from my perspective culminate the many hours of meetings with upset residents and Ministerial colleagues.

I was pleased to read a document that suggests crime in Morecambe has fallen by 4.3%, violent crime has reduced by 3% and anti social behaviour 11%. In 2009, I put out a crime survey to listen to the views of constituents.

Your responses have been at the forefront of my mind and I would like to thank Lancashire Police for their hard work.

You can find me online www.davidmorrismp.co.uk or my e-mail address is david.morris.mp@parliament.uk.