I was brought up in the upper Afan Valley, Glyncorrwg, but have lived for the past 20 years in Dublin.
On a recent visit to Glyncorrwg I was amazed at the transformation of this once rundown mining village into the thriving and attractive village it has now become. I was informed about the plans to locate a number of wind turbines in the village by Eco2 and Gamesa and thought that this might be an ecologically sound idea. I assumed that the wind farms would be located at the top of the valley and out of sight.
I then found out that over 95% of the village people were against this plan and visited their action plan internet site www.glyncorrwgaction.org.uk. The site shows the effects that these monstrosities will have on the village and the reaction of the people of Glyncorrwg against the plans. The turbines are to be located in clear sight of all the inhabitants of Glyncorrwg. The companies involved are not listening to the people and are trying to bulldoze the scheme through the various planning processes without thought to the environmental impact on the village or it’s people.
In Ireland we too have wind farms, but they are always located away from local habitations. Wales should follow Ireland’s lead and not let big business bully small communities into accepting eyesores that are far worse than the slag heaps that dotted the upper Afan valley up to the late ’60s.
I urge all your readers to fight against this wanton destruction of our environments, all in the name of “green energy” .
Fernhill Park, Manor Estate, Templogue, Dublin, Ireland
24 April 2007
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