CALLS have been made to scrap plans for three new wind turbines in Hartlepool that would be the highest known anywhere in England and Wales.
North East UKIP Euro MEP Jonathan Arnott hit out at the turbines with a height of 677ft planned at Graythorp Industrial Estate, Brenda Road West Industrial Estate and Tofts Road West.
Mr Arnott says the country should invest in other energies such as tidal and nuclear power instead.
The Energy Workshop, which is acting as agents for the applicant of the Hartlepool turbines, confirmed they would be the highest known in England and Wales at 200 metres.
A spokesman said: “These are the only turbines in the planning system that we know of.
“We believe the next highest are around 150 metres tall.”
Mr Arnott said: “I completely understand that in 21st century Britain we should be looking at sustainable energy sources, however, it is ludicrous that we consistently look to expensive wind farms as the most efficient option.
“Whist wind turbines may suit rich landowners who can afford to have them on their estate, it will not suit many pensioners and families across Hartlepool who will feel the brunt of the subsidy on their energy bills, leaving them with the stark choice this winter between heating and eating.”
He added: “We should instead be investing in alternative technologies such as tidal and nuclear power.
“Both of which are both far more sustainable and efficient, and would go a considerable distance in making energy bills cheaper in comparison to Labour’s proposed phoney price freeze.”
The turbines would be bigger than Blackpool’s Tower which stands at 518ft.
The plans have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council and are awaiting a decision.
The Energy Workshop says the turbines would supply almost a third of the equivalent household electricity needs of Hartlepool, and would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 25,000 tonnes per year.
They say revenue from the scheme would generate a “significant” community fund to benefit local causes over the 30-year lifespan of the turbines.