Prime Minister Gordon Brown is being urged by campaigners in the Newcastle Emlyn area to call a halt to all wind farm developments.
They are demanding a moratorium pending an “urgent review” of Government guidelines.
“Hundreds of people in the UK are suffering because of industrial windfarm development and therefore urgent action is necessary to resolve the problems,” says John Roworth, co-ordinator of the Blaen Bowi Action Group, in a personal letter to the Prime Minister.
He and his wife, Julia, live near to the three turbines at Blaen Bowi and are fighting plans to increase the number of turbines on the site from three to six.
The scheme was turned down by Carmarthenshire planners, but an appeal from the developer is now pending.
Mr Roworth has sent copies of his letter to Conservative leader David Cameron; leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg; Wales’ first minister Rhodri Morgan; his own MP Adam Price and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas.
He tells Gordon Brown: “The government’s windfarm guidelines and the ETSU-R-97 noise monitoring statements help any company deciding to invest in a windfarm to gain planning permission but also subsequently protects them against complaints.
“This is not right and the health and wellbeing of the local residents should be the priority. Instead, the guidelines give help and protection to the developers irrespective of the suffering of some local residents.”
Mr Roworth told the Tivy-Side: “I feel that I should at least try to communicate and explain some of the real issues. I am asking Gordon Brown to seriously review my observations as I believe the human aspect is more important than chasing targets. I have asked him for a full reply with a response and answer to each of the specific issues. We’ll see if we get any serious consideration.”
Monday 25th February 2008
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