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Planners reject 21 turbine wind farm

By GraemeWilki  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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THERE were cheers and applause from the public gallery as plans for 21 wind turbines in Carmarthenshire were rejected by councillors this afternoon.

The planning committee refused to give energy company Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Ltd permission to build on Mynydd Llanllwni, in north east Carmarthenshire.

It remains to be seen if RES will now appeal to the Welsh Assembly against the decision.

Speaking in County Hall in Carmarthen, where members of the public packed the gallery, Llanfihangel ar Arth county councillor Linda Evans said: "Obviously, developments of this nature will have a long term effect on the lives of people in the area. The landscape will be destroyed forever. Please do not destroy our heritage."

The committee heard from a range of protestors including David Ablett, from Llanllwni, who said it would endanger birds on the moorland.

He said: "The placing of turbines on the mountain will massacre these beautiful species and the noise of the skylark will be drowned out by the noise of these turbines."

Other objections related to people using horses on the common land, the negative effect on tourism, damage to the ecology of the area and health problems.

Ted Marynicz, of Grwp Blaengwen, said he represented people suffering from noise from the existing nearby Alltwalis Wind Farm.

"We do not need to rely on suspect computer models to tell you how much noise these turbines make," he said.

" We hear them every day.

"We beg you not to inflict the torture that wind turbines affect on anymore residents in Carmarthenshire."

John Jones, chairman of the Save Mynydd Llanllwni action group and landlord of the Talardd Arms pub, said:

"The vast majority of my customers, who are a wide cross section of the community, do not want them on the mountain.

"I've only heard one or two people saying they are in favour of these turbines and they have a financial interest.

"A power station in Pembrokeshire will create all Wales needs and these turbines will provide electricity for over the border."

RES Project manager David Cox urged the committee to approve the plans, saying they were a vital step in cutting the UK carbon emissions.

He said: "We accept wind farms will have an impact on the landscape but whether they are attractive or not is very subjective."

He added: "Wind farms are one of the safest forms of energy generation."

Council planning officers had recommended the application be refused and this was endorsed by the committee by nine votes to four. Planning was therefore refused.

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  • johndavies  |  November 22 2012, 8:04AM

    [" RES Project manager David Cox urged the committee to approve the plans, saying they were a vital step in cutting the UK carbon emissions. "] Well, NOT according to – - figures from DECC showing a 1% increase in the UKs CO2 output despite a downturn in the economy…… & 4,000 turbines. (see Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics DUKES (2012) http://tinyurl.com/n4k7n8 ) - Grid & DECC figures showing winds contribution last year was less than 4% …at a cost of £1billion directly on your bills. - OFGEM & Grid figures showing wind can only offer 21% of its total capacity because of the intermittency of wind. (see - OFGEM doc 126/12 - Energy security, (lights out in 2015 ???) 93pg pdf Oct 5th 2012. http://tinyurl.com/97cuuxt [" He added: "Wind farms are one of the safest forms of energy generation." ] Is that why the Vestas safety manual for operators and technicians working on the Vestas V90 - 3.0 MW wind turbine. states – "Do not stay within a radius of 400m (1300ft) from the turbine unless it is necessary. If you have to inspect an operating turbine from the ground, do not stay under the rotor plane but observe the rotor from the front." "In case of a fire during an uncontrolled operation, do under no circumstances approach the turbine. Evacuate and rope off the turbine in a radius of minimum 400m (1300ft)." He's just another snake oil salesman using greenwash !!

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