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Pro-Wind Farm Lobby Gets Firm

Campaigners fighting for a four- turbine community wind farm to be built in the Swansea Valley say they will present a strong case at the public inquiry. Last year Neath Port Talbot Council threw out moves to develop a wind farm at Mynydd y Gwrhyd. Now the Assembly's stand on wind farms is to be put to the test.

Social enterprise Awel Aman Tawe is behind the scheme. Its project manager Dan McCallum said: "We are determined to present a strong case at the inquiry.

"Local people have backed the wind farm in an independent referendum.

"This has been recognised in UK planning guidance on wind energy as exemplary and was a case study at the world summit on sustainable development."

The community energy company says it has received 7,500 in donations from the public towards presenting its case at the inquiry.

Awel Aman Tawe adds that the community wind farm will safeguard the eight existing jobs within the company and enable it to create another 32 jobs.

Mr McCallum said: "Climate change is real and is happening. Our local area needs regeneration.

"Awel Aman Tawe links local and global issues and seeks to do something positive about both."

Neath Port Talbot Council's planning committee unanimously rejected the application after receiving 1,774 objection letters.

Awel Aman Tawe claimed many of the letters were forgeries and part of a campaign orchestrated by the anti-wind farm lobby.

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Social enterprise Awel Aman Tawe is behind the scheme. Its project manager Dan McCallum said: "We are determined to present a strong case at the inquiry.

"Local people have backed the wind farm in an independent referendum.

"This has been recognised in UK planning guidance on wind energy as exemplary and was a case study at the world summit on sustainable development."

The community energy company says it has received £7,500 in donations from the public towards presenting its case at the inquiry.

Awel Aman Tawe adds that the community wind farm will safeguard the eight existing jobs within the company and enable it to create another 32 jobs.

Mr McCallum said: "Climate change is real and is happening. Our local area needs regeneration.

"Awel Aman Tawe links local and global issues and seeks to do something positive about both."

Neath Port Talbot Council's planning committee unanimously rejected the application after receiving 1,774 objection letters.

Awel Aman Tawe claimed many of the letters were forgeries and part of a campaign orchestrated by the anti-wind farm lobby.

The outcome will be decided at a four-day public inquiry in June.

Source: http://www.thisissouthwales...

FEB 15 2006
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