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Visit will decide on windfarm

A decision to allow 13 wind turbines at land south of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr near Cerrigydrudion will be subject to a site visit by councillors.

The planning committee was advised by officers to throw out the application at Mwdwl Eithin on the grounds that six of the turbines were in close proximity to nearby roads and footpaths, as well as a horse route.

The advice was contrary to Government and Assembly directives encouraging the use of renewable energy.

But the council had been flooded with objections from residents worrying the 100ft high turbines would be unsightly, create noise and be considered damaging to wildlife such as birds and bats.

Members of the planning committee instead voted they should conduct a site visit before making a decision on the application, made by Dutch-based Nuon Renewables.

The meeting was attended by a large group of landowners and supporters eager to benefit from the lease of the land as well as the various funding initiatives which would compensate the community economically.

Cllr Stuart Anderson was in favour of granting the application with a view to fighting global warming.

“We should support this project. I don’t think wind power is the total answer, but in terms of the closeness to footpaths I think people should put up with it.

“I’ve been on holiday to Greenland to see how the ice is moving,” he said. “We have to look at this as a very serious matter, a matter of survival.”

Cllr Emlyn Thomas agreed and pointed to the fact income provided by the project could stabilise the local economy.

“We have to do everything possible to provide from alternative sources. We are talking about a piece of landscape which is totally artificial, which has been created by man and forestry,” he said.

“I support this as it creates economic diversity. It means our families who live in the countryside can continue to do so. That is the difference this will make to families in this area, it is sustainable power. The plan is to provide power which will continue into the future without melting the ice caps and without Trefriw flooding every year.

“We would be doing people a disservice if we refuse the application. This is a chance for local people to gain an economic boost – let’s not deny it.”

by Richard Evans, North Wales Weekly News

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20 September 2007