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Blast for 'cavalier' planning attitude

A COUNCILLOR last night claimed the government's refusal to reveal when it will decide on a proposed windfarm shows "a lack of respect to the people of Wales".

Gareth Jones, a former Conwy AM and now a county councillor, said the government was showing a "cavalier attitude" over up to 250 proposed turbines in Gwynt-y-Môr windfarm, off Llandudno.

The authority last week called on the Government to reject the project or order a public inquiry.

Last night a Department of Trade and Industry spokesman could only say the scheme's future would be decided "this year".

The spokesman added the decision on Gwynt-y-Môr will be made by trade secretary Alan Johnson MP or energy minister Malcolm Wicks MP.

Mr Jones said: "The government's cavalier attitude is appalling. This rebuff shows a lack of respect to the people of Wales.

"Wales is a mature country with an important part to play in energy production."

He also blasted the powerlessness of the Assembly to rule on the plan.

He said: "The Assembly can make certain targets but it has not got real control over the development of major areas of electricity production like windfarms, or a nuclear power station, if it comes to that.

"I believe the people of Wales need to be able to control that aspect -... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Gareth Jones, a former Conwy AM and now a county councillor, said the government was showing a "cavalier attitude" over up to 250 proposed turbines in Gwynt-y-Môr windfarm, off Llandudno.

The authority last week called on the Government to reject the project or order a public inquiry.

Last night a Department of Trade and Industry spokesman could only say the scheme's future would be decided "this year".

The spokesman added the decision on Gwynt-y-Môr will be made by trade secretary Alan Johnson MP or energy minister Malcolm Wicks MP.

Mr Jones said: "The government's cavalier attitude is appalling. This rebuff shows a lack of respect to the people of Wales.

"Wales is a mature country with an important part to play in energy production."

He also blasted the powerlessness of the Assembly to rule on the plan.

He said: "The Assembly can make certain targets but it has not got real control over the development of major areas of electricity production like windfarms, or a nuclear power station, if it comes to that.

"I believe the people of Wales need to be able to control that aspect - not in a negative way but to prevent an imbalance of power sources."
 

Source: http://icnorthwales.icnetwo...

FEB 13 2006
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