Councillor quits party over wind farm policy

A DISTRICT councillor has quit the Conservative party in protest over its position on wind farms.

Tony Scott, who represents villages including Badby, Catesby, Hellidon, Newnham and Staverton on Daventry District Council, will now sit as an independent councillor.

Cllr Scott said: “I have been a DDC Conservative councillor for the ward of Badby for the last 12 years.

“While I continue to support the current administration I want it to be known that I do not support a number of central Government policies.

“Following the recent undemocratic decision of the planning inspector to overturn the council planning committee’s resolution and approve the application to build two wind farms at Watford and Kelmarsh, in line with Government policy, was a step too far.

“As a result I have resigned from the Conservative party and will continue to represent my constituents as an independent councillor.

“To show the Government our complete disdain at its blind determination to blight our countryside with expensive and useless machines I would urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Chris Millar, leader of the council’s Conservative group, said: “Tony has done a good job as a councillor and I’m very sorry that he’s left the party due to national policies, but he will still support our local policies.”

Chris Heaton-Harris, Daventry’s Conservative MP, said: “I think this move is a mistake. If you join party politics, you agree with some policies and not with others which you can then work to change.

“History has proved again and again that independent politicians get washed out by the bigger parties.”