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Residents back plans to fight wind farm

Controversial plans for a wind farm on top of a scenic wilderness has come under fresh attacks from worried residents. Energy firm nPower wants to put up 19 turbines - some as high as 400ft - on Mynydd-y-Gwair. Campaign group Save Our Common Mountain Environment, who have been fighting the scheme since 2004, recently won the backing of TV botanist David Bellamy. Now locals in Pontlliw have thrown their weight behind the plan to kick out the scheme.

Controversial plans for a wind farm on top of a scenic wilderness has come under fresh attacks from worried residents.

Energy firm nPower wants to put up 19 turbines - some as high as 400ft - on Mynydd-y-Gwair.

Campaign group Save Our Common Mountain Environment, who have been fighting the scheme since 2004, recently won the backing of TV botanist David Bellamy.

Now locals in Pontlliw have thrown their weight behind the plan to kick out the scheme.

They turned out in force for a public meeting at the village's primary school last week.

A spokesman for Pontlliw and Tircoed Community Council said: "The event went very well - the school hall was almost full.

"The overwhelming feeling was one of opposition and anxiety about the proposed development. Specifically, the size of the construction vehicles that will have to pass through Pontlliw was a particular concern."

The community council also discussed the item at its meeting on Tuesday night, and plans to send a letter officially voicing its objection to the scheme.

Npower insisted the turbines would produce enough electricity to supply 28,000 homes and would help reduce the UK's carbon footprint.

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Controversial plans for a wind farm on top of a scenic wilderness has come under fresh attacks from worried residents.

Energy firm nPower wants to put up 19 turbines - some as high as 400ft - on Mynydd-y-Gwair.

Campaign group Save Our Common Mountain Environment, who have been fighting the scheme since 2004, recently won the backing of TV botanist David Bellamy.

Now locals in Pontlliw have thrown their weight behind the plan to kick out the scheme.

They turned out in force for a public meeting at the village's primary school last week.

A spokesman for Pontlliw and Tircoed Community Council said: "The event went very well - the school hall was almost full.

"The overwhelming feeling was one of opposition and anxiety about the proposed development. Specifically, the size of the construction vehicles that will have to pass through Pontlliw was a particular concern."

The community council also discussed the item at its meeting on Tuesday night, and plans to send a letter officially voicing its objection to the scheme.

Npower insisted the turbines would produce enough electricity to supply 28,000 homes and would help reduce the UK's carbon footprint.

A spokeswoman said: "The proposed site is one of the best places in South Wales for a wind farm."


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OCT 11 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17462-residents-back-plans-to-fight-wind-farm
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