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'We'll increase our efforts now'  

Campaigners have pledged to increase their efforts to stop proposals for five new wind farms becoming a reality.

The South Wales Alternative To Turbines (Swatt) group said it had been encouraged by the scrapping of a proposed scheme for 14 turbines near Gilfach Goch in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A spokesman for renewable energy company Gamesa Energy UK, who were behind the plan, said today: “We have decided it is not feasible at the moment. But it is an area we would like to develop in.

“But because of a number of complexities, we have decided not to proceed with the development. We are effectively putting this on the back burner and we will see where we can go in the future.”

Swatt’s chairman David Edwards said: “The people of Gilfach have demonstrated communities can make a difference and we are encouraged to increase our efforts to reject the remaining five applications, which would engulf the community.”

He said he was concerned there could be health risks for people living near wind farms and that could hit house prices.

Gamesa Energy UK wanted to erect the 145ft turbines in Gilfach Goch as part of a proposal called the Trane Renewable Energy Park.

The company hoped the £9.5m development, which would have had solar panels, would generate enough electricity to supply 6,600 homes a year.

But residents campaigned vigorously against the plan because they claimed that, coupled with the other schemes, it would leave the communities of Gilfach Goch, Evanstown and others in the valleys above Bridgend surrounded by turbines.

As the plan has been withdrawn, a planned public inquiry will not go ahead.

by Abby Alford, South Wales Echo

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5 July 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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