Gwynt-y-Mor wind farm will be off the North Wales Coast and the Wirral. Its visual impact will stretch from the Great Orme to Prestatyn. The rear of the wind farm has been reduced in response to concerns about shipping and helicopter movements. There has been no reduction in the number or size of the turbines. They have merely been pushed closer together. These changes will have negligible impact on the visual blight to Colwyn Bay and Llandudno. If Npower get consent to commence the industrialisation of the iconic bay of Llandudno, Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay a spiral of multiple deprivation could beleaguer our communities which are heavily reliant on tourism. The Wirral will also suffer visual blight and noise. The prevailing wind tends to be in that direction and people on the Wirral will hear 200 or so massive turbines whirring and shushing as they thump the prevailing winds.
The turbines would need to be 18 miles offshore to mitigate the visual blight. The technology exists to place larger more efficient turbines up to 25 miles off shore in deep water. Scotland has already commenced these projects. There are also tidal and hydro options, which could be exploited without detriment to our valuable tourism industry, which supports 13,000 jobs in Conwy County Borough and generates an annual income in excess of £530 million.
The Save Our Scenery Action group (www.saveourscenery.com) is meeting with action groups along the North Wales coast and the Wirral to resist this latest incursion by Npower part of the RWE group.
“Enough is enough!” said Janet Haworth secretary of the Llandudno and Rhos-on-Sea based action group. “We already have Burbo Bank and North Hoyle and another 30 scheduled for off Rhos-on-Sea. Wales is being used as a dumping ground for wind turbines. S.O.S. is calling upon our Welsh Assembly members and our MPs to put a stop to this industrialisation of our land and sea scapes now.”
Janet went on to emphasise that Llandudno has welcomed visitors from the Wirral and the hard working towns and cities of the North of England for 150 years.
“We share this special place with our welcome visitors. If you love Llandudno help S.O.S. to save it by writing to The Secretary for BERR, C/O Off-shore Renewables Consent Unit, Bay 2117, 1 Victoria Street London SW1H OET, before the 20th September. You can contact S.O.S. on www.saveourscenery.com.”
FROM JANET HAWORTH Secretary of Save Our Scenery Action Group
ADDRESS 14 Abbey Rd Llandudno LL30 2EA Tel: 01492-878042