Kent MEP says county coastline will be ‘blighted’ by wind turbines
Kent Ukip MEP Nigel Farage has slammed the decision to close the E.ON coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth, accusing law makers of “callous behaviour and stupidity”.
The UKIP leader, who lives in Sevenoaks, said the planned closure of the plant in March 2013, which will cost 123 jobs, risked leaving the county at risk of power shortages and rising prices.
Kingsnorth powers up to two million homes but under EU rules must close as it has used up its allocated running hours in part due to the colder weather.
Mr Farage said: “Common sense would dictate that if it’s demand which has resulted in the hours being used up because of cold weather, a reliable source of power is more important than ever.
“However, common sense is almost entirely absent in the EU.
“Instead, with the support of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems, the beautiful Kent coastline will be blighted by ugly, useless wind turbines which leave us vulnerable to power shortages and old and sick people at greater risk.”