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Ospreys fans urged to support the Scarlets instead over region's backing for windfarm

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

By liz perkins

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OSPREYS fans are being urged to switch their allegiance to the Scarlets after the Swansea-based region's bosses lent their backing to a controversial wind farm application.

Mawr councillor Ioan Richard made the call after Andrew Hore, chief operations officer for the Ospreys rugby region, spoke out in support of the proposal to site 16 127 metre high turbines on Mynydd y Gwair.

Mr Hore, along with joint managing director of the region, Roger Blyth, were there to support the bid by energy firm RWE for the scheme.

Swansea Council voted by 27 votes to 24, with two abstentions in support of the proposal.

Campaigners have been fighting long and hard for the past decade against the scheme.

A previous application by the company to have 19 turbines was eventually turned down following an appeal.

Mr Richard, who was unable to vote after declaring a prejudicial interest, criticised the Ospreys' direct involvement in the scheme.

He said: "It was a disgrace that the Ospreys were allowed to take part and destroy centuries of hill farming in the area and I would urge the people of Swansea to support the Scarlets in the future."

Mr Hore, chief operations officer for the Ospreys rugby region, revealed they had considered the players wearing green jerseys due to their long-running sponsorship deal with the renewable energy company, which has been in place since 2007.

He spoke in favour of the development during the course of the meeting and added: "We feel the young people need role models and need employment.

"It's no use walking around the hills if there is acid rain falling down on you."

But Mr Richard said he was angered that the decision had gone in favour of the wind farm developer. "With only a few notable exceptions, it was the Labour councillors who approved the wind power station," he said.

The decision also drew criticism from Byron Davies and Suzy Davies, Conservative AMs for South Wales West.

Mr Davies claimed the turbines would be an eyesore on the Swansea landscape.

He said: "It will be an ugly backdrop to Swansea and the Gower Peninsula. I am against TAN 8 (the Welsh Government's policy on potential wind farm zones in Wales) and the way it was set up.

"I was very surprised to hear some of the arguments of the Labour members.

"There are lots of people in that area who rely on that land for their livelihoods."

Suzy Davies added she too was disgusted that the scheme had been rubber-stamped.

"I was disgusted by the decision and that there were so few councillors there to make it," she said. "There were considerably fewer than a full quarter.

"With so much evidence against any form of development up there for heritage reasons, isn't it ironic so many Labour councillors voting to give millions to the Somerset Trust, which helps manage the estate of the Duke of Beaufort?"

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  February 21 2013, 11:53AM

    Councillor Richards democracy has spoke and you have lost. You apear to be a very bad loser who excells in sur grapes, You will make an idea scarlet fan a they share that trait, youre more than welcome to join thm and visit t see give you another 30 point hiding

  • branymor  |  February 12 2013, 7:14PM

    Keep politics out of sport they say. In light of the Ospreys unfortunate and ill sdvised involvement in the Wind Farm debate I say keep sport out of polictics

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  • antyall  |  February 11 2013, 11:30PM

    We Scarlets people love the ospreys but would not want protest supporters,I feel the sponsorship is for the team not the supporters and therefore should have no baring on the fact. Willy88 The scarlets DO! have a bastion of supporters all of them decent as well,but thank you for the thought.

  • abertawejack  |  February 10 2013, 12:21PM

    The wind farm saga is but just another time capsule, to be fully opened up within a decade once costings are taken into account: I well remember "Sam The Man" CCFC chairman urging Swansea City Football Club fans, to support them. What has time taught us here? "Sam the man" is long gone, whilst SCFC are in the grasp of European status: the Ospreys fans don't need to go anywhere, Hell will freeze over before they put a windmill at the "Liberty", can't say too much about Llanelli though, very nice windy place the Morfa as I recall. ;-)

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 09 2013, 3:49PM

    I can see my last post have got me a few red arrows, just goes to show that the anti wind power brigade don't like hearing the truth. Lies are much more to their liking, i guess that's why they are so often on the losing side.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 09 2013, 2:32PM

    Swanseavoter quite right there is nothing natural about our landscape, it's entirely man made. There was a time not so long ago when a squirrel(Red of course not gray) could travel the entire length of the Afan valley via oak trees(not the imports we have today) without touching the ground.

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  • Swanseavoter  |  February 09 2013, 2:26PM

    The people who claim an historic landscape will be desecrated should remember that before humans inhabited the area and chopped/burnt all the trees down there would have been forests over most of our country. If it weren`t for the sheep the forests would grow back! Hill farming will not be destroyed by wind farms. It will simply change slightly and after an initial period of adjustment most reasonable people will wonder what all the fuss was about.

  • Neathboy234  |  February 09 2013, 2:09PM

    Good news on wind farms from England as well Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, has given the green light to a huge windfarm right next door to the constituency of his turbine-phobic colleague, John Hayes. Up to 22 turbines are to be erected at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire, just north of Hayes' constituency, making it the fourth largest onshore windfarm in England, according to developer, Ecotricity. Davey, a Lib Dem MP who has always been supportive of renewable energy, has consistently been embarrassed by Hayes, the new energy minister and Conservative MP for South Holland, and a growing anti-wind power movement in some parts of the coalition. It is already difficult to win planning permission for onshore windfarms, particularly in Lincolnshire, where the Conservative-run county council has introduced tough hurdles for turbine schemes.

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  • willy88  |  February 09 2013, 12:10PM

    Politicians please stick to politics ( which you do badly) and keep your nose out of sports. Mr Richard is nothing more than and old granny of a person and has to bring up any trivial matter outside politics. Stick some pylons up there instead and just watch that lot scream merry hell, or let them go back to medieval days with no electric or gas. They screamed blue murder when a gas pipeline went through that community as well. The Scarlets could do with some decent supporters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 09 2013, 11:57AM

    Ioan Richards shows why he is in politics and not sport. Following a team has nothing to do with what is on the shirt but who wears it. Let's celebrate last nights win at Ulster which was a fantastic performance and deserved a few more points, but a win is a win. As for acid rain, I think it was the UK that rained on Scandinavia a couple of decades ago and politicians denied all knowledge of it happening for a long time. Let's hear from Mr Richards exactly what power source he wants, green or nuclear, wind or wave, gas or coal, these are the things he needs to make clear. As for Labour politicians it's the same old, same old. We are for the people, until the people give us power, then it's every man for himself. Stick to politics Mr Richard, stay well away from sport please.

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