‘Monsters’ on the land

CLLR James Deegan has called for a high levy to be charged against companies who build “monster” wind turbines that exceed height restrictions.

CLLR James Deegan has called for a high levy to be charged against companies who build “monster” wind turbines that exceed height restrictions.

At last week’s meeting of Laois County Council, Cllr Deegan said he was totally opposed to guidelines which recommended that wind turbines which generated energy for export should be exempt from development contribution charges.

“What we should recommend is that over a certain height of turbine a serious imposition of levy be charged,” he said, adding that “monsters” were being erected across the Irish countryside.

“For any minister to have the audacity to say they should be exempt, when any normal person building has to pay the charge, that thinking is off the wall.”

Later in the meeting, many councillors called for a moratorium on the construction of wind turbines. County manager, Mr Peter Carey said this was not possible.