Over 200 local residents turned out in force to find out more about wind farm plans which could see the Vale of Clwyd’s landscape transformed in coming years.
The meeting at Clawddnewydd’s Canolfan Cae Cymro last Friday had been called by the community councils of Derwen and Clocaenog to discuss the amount of developments currently at different stages of the planning process across the local area.
A number of speakers outlined their opposition to proposals, including Richard Welch, who described the noise of the Tir Mostyn turbines at his house in Nantglyn.
County councillor Paul Marfleet, another Nantglyn resident, spoke of the response he had received after sending a letter to Assembly minister Jane Davidson which was copied to all 1,225 locally-elected county councillors AMs, MPs, chief planning officers and local authority chief executives across Wales.
Mike Skuse of protest group Cynghrair Hiraethog Alliance (CHA) said: “What with existing wind farms, current applications and schemes in the pipeline, there could be around 200 massive turbines in the area bounded by Llyn Alwen, Cyffylliog and Dinmael.
“The significant thing is that not one word was voiced to support wind energy. If they are so great, why did no one turn up to say so?
“Nobody wants them – everybody knows they won’t close down a single “dirty” power station, and yet they are foisted on us by an uncaring government that refuses to listen to us.”
Tegni Cymru Cyf recently submitted plans for their Derwydd Bach scheme, a development just outside the village of Melin-y-Wig which would feature ten 120m tall turbines.
It follows hot on the heels of proposals for two further schemes put forward by the same company and up to nine others by different firms currently at different stages of development.
The meeting was chaired by county councillor Eryl Williams, and attended by Ian Weaver, Denbighshire’s principal planning officer, who outlined proposals currently before the authority.
Professor Peter Cobbald gave a talk about the potential impact developments could have on the local area.
By Matt Sims
12 October 2007
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