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Call to arms over windfarms  

People in Mid Wales have been urged to fight the “deluge of proposals” for windfarms. Welshpool-based campaigner Dan Munford has collected almost 2,000 signatures.

Worried residents across Wales have been signing up to fight the expected increase in the turbines.

Many have voiced fears that any such increase could have disastrous effects on tourism.

Mr Munford said today: “We are now faced with, I am told, as many as 14 different windfarm planning applications pending at Powys County Council.

“A number of these companies are carrying out public consultation exercises to try to soften public opinion.

“One such is to be carried out by Novera Energy for a proposed windfarm extension at Mynydd Clogau, near Newtown. The extension would comprise 12 more turbines of up to 240ft and would effectively double the size of the the windfarm site.

“It would also more than double the environmental impact as the new turbines will be located in a much more prominent ridgeline position in plain view of part of Newtown.”

The Tory said for the last six months there had been a “temporary armistice” with no new applications, partly as a result of a Conservative, Lib Dem and Plaid Cymru cross-party agreement.

“Now, with the present failure of the rainbow coalition, we have seen the cork come out of the bottle and a deluge of proposals.

“The intention is to turn Mid Wales into a “windfarm landscape” and the negative environmental impacts for us and future generations are huge.

“I want to send out a call to arms and urge campaigners to contact me.” Mr Munford can be contacted at dan.munford@tiscali.co.uk

The Shropshire Star

7 June 2007

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