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Windfarm protest after five years  

Campaigners yesterday handed in a petition against a North Wales windfarm, despite it being approved five years ago.

Thousands of tons of slate waste are being laid on the sea bed off Conwy county to prepare for the Rhyl Flats windfarm.

But, although the scheme was approved in 2002, campaigners are still trying to block it going ahead.

A petition handed in to Aberconwy AM Gareth Jones calls for the immediate end to work on the Constable Bank area off Llandudno’s North Shore.

A spokesman for the Save our Scenery (SOS) group said the scheme “could create an environmental disaster and brings into question the whole issue of the original planning consent for this project.”

SOS member Janet Howarth said: “There has been a grave planning blunder in the decision to grant a licence to construct this offshore windfarm

“This could be the Trojan Horse project to enable other windfarm schemes to follow on in its wake, such as the massive Gwynt y Môr windfarm, which has plans for over 250 turbines.”

The petition also calls for the decision-making process for windfarms to be put into the hands of the people of Wales.

Campaigners are also pushing for a public inquiry into the scheme, having also written to the European Union in the hope of getting a hearing at the Court of Human Rights.

Power company npower renewables have said they were open about their planning application and about the precise location of the Rhyl Flats project.

By Roland Hughes

Daily Post North Wales

28 August 2007

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