Campaigners battling a new wind farm which could be built near their homes are demanding to meet the company behind the plans.The wind farm at Corrwg Fechan, Glyncorrwg, would take the place of a larger, six-turbine wind farm which generated fierce opposition when it was proposed last year.
The Glyncorrwg Action Group has now asked Aberavon AM Brian Gibbons to arrange the meeting with Cardiff-based energy firm Eco2 to discuss the scheme, which would see four 410ft wind turbines erected close to the village.
Bob Slater, speaking for the group, said: “Local people are angry that they found out about this proposal, which will have damaging effects, by reading planning notices on lampposts in the village.”
Dr Gibbons has already called for a referendum on wind farms so residents affected can have their say.
Mr Slater said residents affected by the plans should have been contacted directly.
“Many are still in the dark about Eco2’s proposals as they have not had the courtesy to write to each house about their plans,” he added.
“This is totally unacceptable and is not the behaviour of a reputable firm.
“The issues we want to discuss include how the consultation was conducted.
“They have been planning this wind farm for more than three years, much of that time behind people’s backs.
“Yet now they rush through a planning application without holding further consultation and an exhibition.”
An Eco2 spokeswoman said: “Eco2 has met Dr Gibbons on two separate occasions to keep him informed of the developments with regards to the proposed Glyncorrwg Wind Farm.
“Eco2 would be happy to meet him again at any time.
“The public consultation is well documented and meets with industry best practice.
“Publication of the application will be undertaken by the local planning authority in accordance with the statutory procedure.”
The Glyncorrwg Action Group is concerned about the short distance between turbines and homes.
Mr Slater said: “In Scotland the minimum distance proposed is one mile. Why is it 300 metres here?
But the Eco2 spokeswoman said: “The closest turbine is one mile from the village, and has been placed in accordance with strict planning guidelines.”
By Alex Brown
31 May 2007
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