Wind farm cash could be spent improving services - MSP

Published: 2 Nov 2012 06:303 comments

CASH-STRAPPED council chiefs have blown almost a quarter of a million pounds processing wind farm applications.

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Statistics show that since 2007 to the current day, Scottish Borders Council has spent £226,990 of public money processing the bids.

Opponents have branded it a waste of money.

Roxburgh and Berwickshire Conservative MSP John Lamont said: "These figures show the true extent of the damage caused by the SNP's reckless energy policies.

"In ruthlessly pursuing wind energy they have encouraged firms to flood local authorities with applications for new wind farms, taking up a huge amount of time and money.

"Instead of this money being spent on improving services and facilities in the Scottish Borders, it is going towards legal fees and processing countless planning applications.

"This is clearly a waste of money and I am sure that taxpayers in the Borders would much rather see their money spent elsewhere."

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