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    Source:  Cynghrair Hiraethog Alliance

    Minister meets with industry, refuses citizens  

    Source:  Cynghrair Hiraethog Alliance | Impacts, Press releases, Wales

    MINISTER ACCUSED OF DOUBLE STANDARDS

    Today, Jane Davidson, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing
    turned down a request from members of Cynghrair Hiraethog Alliance (CHA) for
    a meeting to discuss its concerns about massive proposals for windfarm
    development across Wales.

    CHA is accusing the Minister of Double Standards. “It seems the Minister is
    very happy to meet with representatives from the windfarm industry such as
    the British Wind Energy Association, and those with a vested interest in
    promoting windfarms, but she will not meet with the ordinary people whose
    lives and homes will be so drastically affected by windfarm development with
    issues such as; loss of water supplies; noise; no compensation; difficulty
    of selling property; impact on tourism and business interests; and light
    pollution”.

    In addition, information now coming to light about Welsh Assembly
    Government’s wind turbine policy (TAN8) raises significant issues relating
    to conflict of interest, public standards of governance and democratic
    procedures.

    These include: companies which have helped develop WAG policy are now
    benefiting from it; the results of the public consultation on TAN8 have been
    suppressed; undemocratic pressure has been placed on LA planning
    departments to approve windfarm applications; developers are in effect being
    allowed to write their own planning briefs; Forestry Commission policy has
    been changed from forestry to turbines, by WAG diktat.

    “We are absolutely staggered,’ said Michael Williams, Secretary of CHA.
    “We first wrote to the Minister in July and have been chasing ever since.
    Today, we finally heard that she would not meet with us.’

    “We believe it is time for the Welsh Assembly Government to call a halt to
    any further windfarm developments in Wales. It is time we looked at
    developing effective sources of renewable energy that will not impact so
    negatively on the people and the landscapes of Wales. We call upon the
    Minister to meet with us and to listen to our concerns.”

     – — – — – — – — – — – — – — – — – — – — – —
    CYNGHRAIR HIRAETHOG ALLIANCE
    An Alliance of the Ramblers’ Association, CPRW Branches, PACT, CLOUT and
    DART – PROTECTING THE LANDSCAPES OF THE HIRAETHOG AREA, NORTH WALES.

    Michael Williams
    Secretary CHA
    &
    Judy Welford

    25.9.07

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