Help Protect our Welsh Mountain Landscapes
The following article appeared in the
October 2006 edition of The Post, a local community magazine
published by PostDatum, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.
of giant wind turbines
Forest, according to the Welsh Assembly, is an ideal setting for giant wind turbines.
If the Assembly has its way, about 40 to 50 turbines will be built and the
landscape of the Brechfa
will be changed forever. Wind farms will de-value this area’s greatest asset
– its tranquillity and scenic landscape. Those recreational and tourism
businesses that rely on the scenic value of this area will be under threat.
Property prices are likely to fall. Who would come to visit or live in an area
infested with wind turbines?
will they be built?
a look at the map below. The smaller inner area shows the original section of
earmarked by the Assembly for wind farm development. The Carmarthenshire
planning department is preparing the way for this invasion and has even expanded
the proposed development area. The larger area outlined on the map shows this
new expanded wind farm development area.
As you can see, the new expanded area includes many more communities and many
more of us will be directly affected. These are huge machines, 400 feet tall and
sited on high ground. So even if the turbines are built miles away from your
home, you will probably be able to see them, especially at night if they are
equipped with flashing red lights. And you may also be able to hear them.
about planning regulations?
Carmarthenshire planning department in its latest Discussion Paper on wind farm
development in the
is proposing that County
adopt a new planning policy for this area. This new policy is intended to
override the normal planning regulations that would, in any other situation,
prevent this kind of industrial development in the Carmarthenshire countryside.
If the Council adopts this policy, wind power developers will meet with fewer
constraints and the people of Carmarthenshire will have fewer, if any, grounds
for objecting to wind farm developments.
is this happening?
happening because the Welsh Assembly and the Carmarthenshire planning department
have declared that wind farms, despite their harmful effects on the landscape
and local residents, should be built because they serve the greater public
interest. However, the planners have not explained how wind farms serve this
‘greater public interest’. Not one fossil fuel plant has been closed because
of wind power. Wind farm construction itself causes environmental damage and
destroys wildlife habitats. Turbine blades kill birds and bats. Recent evidence
shows that wind farms have not lived up to their promise. They do very little to
reduce CO2 emissions and the electricity they produce is intermittent
and unreliable. So it seems that a new planning policy that makes it easier to
built wind farms is not serving the public interest but rather the interests of
wind power developers who benefit from generous subsidies and those politicians
who want to present a ‘green’ image.
can we do to stop this?
you local County
Councillor. Write to your local AM. Join an action group.
For more details contact the local campaign organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org
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