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John Bercow column: It was my duty to speak out on wind turbine proposal

John Bercow

John Bercow

  • by Vale MP and Commons Speaker John Bercow
 

Last Thursday I was at Aylesbury Vale District Council offices, giving evidence to the Planning Inspectorate inquiry into the Dorcas Lane wind farm proposal.

As I explained to the Inspector, I am not able to speak out publicly on the subject of every planning objection that comes across my desk – and there are a large number – but I felt in this instance that the proposal would be so damaging to Stoke Hammond and the surrounding villages, that it was my duty to speak out on behalf of my constituents, who are overwhelmingly against the application.

Although it will be some time before the Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, makes his determination, I am hopeful it will ultimately be the one that the local residents are campaigning for.

Meanwhile, the Transport Secretary, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, announced in the House this week the launch of a consultation on compensation for people who are living near the HS2 route. Details of the two proposals – the “Alternative Cash Offer” and a “Homeowner Payment Scheme”, are available on the Department for Transport’s website as well as on my own, and I would urge all those affected by the proposal to make a submission.

I will be doing so in due course and, as always, making it available on my website or in hard copy, for those who request it.

In lighter news, I was pleased to act as the narrator for the Buckingham Choral Society’s performance of the Pirates of Penzance last Saturday.

The Society is always extremely kind to me and takes the charitable view that what I lack in thespian ability I make up for in enthusiasm. At least, I hope this is the view they take.

In any case, I always hugely enjoy myself at what has become an annual event for me.

Meanwhile, this weekend I have – as always – a busy constituency diary, including a couple of hours working in a British Heart Foundation charity shop, and shaking a tin for Help the Aged.

I also plan to stop by the Princes Risborough annual town festival, which I am very much looking forward to.

Maybe I’ll see some Bucks Herald readers there!

 

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