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Wind speed mast will stay for 18 months  

A giant mast that measures wind speed is to remain in place for another 18 months.

Campaigners hoped nPower Renewables would remove the 50-metre mast, which was erected on land at Mynydd Pwllrhebog in November 2005 to monitor wind speed in the area.

Planning permission expired on December 31 but the energy company has applied to keep the mast until 2009.

Coun Marlene Thomas said: “This mast has already been there for 18 months so surely they’ve got enough information on the wind which either comes from the east, west, north or south.

“What more do they want?”

nPower representative Jenny Prothero said: “We’re proposing to retain the mast to record as much detail of wind flow as we can.

“This has no bearing on planning permission for a wind farm on this site. That will be looked at on its own merits.”

Planners voted 33-11 to retain the mast, with one abstention.

by Andrew Harrison, Glamorgan Gazette


24 January 2008

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