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Ferris raises questions about wind turbine contracts

4 February, 2014 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Ferris TD says he will ask Minister Simon Coveney about the conditions of contracts being signed by farmers with wind energy companies for the erection of turbines on their land.

Deputy Ferris has tabled a question to the Minister, which will be answered in the Dáil on Tuesday next, 11 February 2014.

He said:

“I have been approached by some people who are concerned about the small print in these contracts.

“I have tabled the question so the Minister might address the issue. I have heard concern expressed about the succession rights of those who have signed up and about the control of the wind turbine companies on land use.

“Due to the effect which such stipulations might have on farmers and their land, I have submitted the following question to the minister for oral answer in the Dáil next week.”

The question submitted reads:

“To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to address concerns that landowners who have entered Option Agreements with the developers of wind farms have unwittingly been tied into legally binding contracts that stops succession rights to the land; prevents activity on the property which may interfere with the wind speed or wind direction over the property; stipulate that a landowner will not apply for any planning permission without first requesting the developer’s approval; and will he ensure that mandatory clauses are put in place which stipulate the agreement cannot be transferred by the wind company to any person or company without the landowner’s approval."

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