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Wind farm proposals attract ‘disappointing' public turnout

Neath Guardian|Andrew Pugh|March 5, 2009
United Kingdom (UK)General

There was a "slightly disappointing" turnout at a public consultation into a controversial wind farm project. The claim was made by Nuon Renewables, which staged events around Neath Port Talbot and, in June, will submit plans to build 100 475ft turbines stretching hundreds of miles from Tonmawr to Maerdy.


There was a "slightly disappointing" turnout at a public consultation into a controversial wind farm project.

The claim was made by Nuon Renewables, which staged events around Neath Port Talbot and, in June, will submit plans to build 100 475ft turbines stretching hundreds of miles from Tonmawr to Maerdy.

Since Christmas, the National Assembly-backed Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project has been holding drop-in sessions where residents could air their views.

Around 600 people attended the sessions.

Nuon has said the "constructive criticism" helped it make significant improvements to the proposals but admitted it was slightly disappointed by the turnout, considering 30,000 households were leafleted in the build-up to the consultation sessions.

Those who didn't attend will get another chance to have their say at the next round of drop-in sessions being held this month.

At the events, people were invited to comment on issues like visual impact, ecology, wildlife and archaeology.

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There was a "slightly disappointing" turnout at a public consultation into a controversial wind farm project.

The claim was made by Nuon Renewables, which staged events around Neath Port Talbot and, in June, will submit plans to build 100 475ft turbines stretching hundreds of miles from Tonmawr to Maerdy.

Since Christmas, the National Assembly-backed Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project has been holding drop-in sessions where residents could air their views.

Around 600 people attended the sessions.

Nuon has said the "constructive criticism" helped it make significant improvements to the proposals but admitted it was slightly disappointed by the turnout, considering 30,000 households were leafleted in the build-up to the consultation sessions.

Those who didn't attend will get another chance to have their say at the next round of drop-in sessions being held this month.

At the events, people were invited to comment on issues like visual impact, ecology, wildlife and archaeology.

A spokesperson for the company said: "Most of the written comments related to the visual impact of the turbines.

"This is a subjective issue and comments spanned the full range from, ‘We love the way they look - they are a symbol of hope for a clean future!' to, ‘Turbines are ugly - there is no place for them in Wales!'

"Another sentiment is captured in the comment, ‘Turbines may have their place in industrial landscapes, but not on mountain ridges and forests'. There were also notes about the disturbing visual impact of specific turbines."

There were lots of comments on the community benefits section.

Nuon said it is committed to a community benefit fund for affected areas over the farm's 25-year life span.

The company claims an annual payment of about £1.5m will be shared out among communities and it is likely that the fund will result in a total of £60m over the 25 years.

People believe the money should be invested in local education and increasing energy efficiency, and that the fund should be managed transparently.

It was the "others" section which generated the most comments.

Typical comments included: "Not enough consultation on a scheme that will last for 25 years", "wind turbine v nuclear = no brainer! Turbines win - hands down" and "had our fill of industry - don't want any more".

A full report featuring every comment made will soon be available on the website www.pencymoeddwindfarm.info

A statement released by Nuon said: "Nuon team members have already changed several proposed turbine positions to move them further back from prominent ridgelines, and some of the most imposing turbines have been removed entirely, without compromising unacceptably the overall efficiency, or power generating capacity of the scheme.

"Other issues are still the subject of intense work."

The following drop-in sessions are being held soon: Cilfrew Community Centre, March 23, 3pm-8pm; Noddfa Community Centre, Glyncorrwg, March 25, noon-8pm; Glynneath Town Hall, March 27, noon-8pm; and, Tonmawr Rugby Club, April 2, 3pm-8pm.

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