There is only one week left to Have your Say on the Windfarm Plans for Hirwaun …
The Application to build giant Wind Turbines across the Cynon Valley was rejected by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in April 2008. The Developer appealed against that decision and this Appeal is being heard via the Welsh Assembly’s Planning Inspectorate.
Martin Smith, Chairman of the Cynon Valley Ramblers, has kindly contributed the text for his talk given to Rhondda Cynon Taf Planning Committee on 1st April at Michael Sobell centre.
Please take the time to read Mr Smith’s eloquent speech. And please act, and have your say.
Size matters. The towers proposed at over twice the height of St Elvans steeple here in Aberdare will be sited on one of the most prominent positions in the whole of South Wales. This will have a dramatic effect on the visual appearance of the whole area..
Be in no doubt This installation will become an industrial eyesore.
It will be Seen from a large part of South and mid Wales.
This will be the image and legacy for the valleys for decades to come. These behemoth structures will scream out at every resident and visitor that we do not care about our precious landscape so why should any one else. This will be counter productive on tourism plans which are showing green shoots of development with walking festivals and cycle routes sprouting up. It will also be in contradiction to the councils own actions in working hard to green up and clean up our environment. This eyesore will act as a demotivator to many who are trying very hard to improve their communities.
Any one who has walked from Dare Valley Country Park across the open moorland above Tarren Y Bwyllfa on the Coed Morgannwg way, and thousands do each year, have enjoyed one of the finest areas for walking anywhere. The open skies and the wild moor with wonderful views will be irreparably damaged if this plan goes ahead.
The installation will dominate by both height and noise pollution. This special natural environment will be consumed by industrial ugliness with concrete roads electical installations etc.
The noise and sight of 100 foot rotor blades chopping through the air at over 100 mph will sound like Mamon (in this case Pennant walters) mixing cement in the sky.
Communities in Germany , Ireland and here in Wales claim that even 3000 feet away there is significant noise. No walker will want to go here, especially those many who achieve renewal of mind body and spirit from this unique area.
What value do you place on this loss of amenity for the next 100 years or more. If you answer nothing or I don’t know. Then those many who are saying that our valleys are once again being destroyed will be right.
Many residents are going to experience problems with light flicker as the sun moves behind the moving blades. The industry recognises that the flicker of reflected light on one side and shadow on the other drives people and animals crazy.
A potential problem for our over worked national health service.
At night the towers will be lit causing light pollution over the sky line.
Due to its prominence this development will succeed in causing significant visual pollution and disturbance 24/7.
Local houses will be de valued due to the visual impact. In Ireland a developer was forced to compensate a homeowner for loss of property value.
A couple in the Lake District were awarded 20% compensation because the sellers did not Advise that a wind farm was about to be built near their property. Many properties near wind farms have had council tax bills cut. Many residents here will demand substantial tax cuts if this goes ahead.
Many countries are now cutting or ceasing state support of wind farms.
Here in Wales we seem to be naieve and decades behind current thinking.
We are proposing to pay out tax payers money for businesses to create monstrosities on pristine landscapes. The result will be to devalue our property and destroy our landscape for which they pay nothing in compensation. What we get is at best an unreliable and expensive power supply insufficient to replace any coal burning power stations.
Make no mistake, big money is involved, But it is our community That is me and all of you who will pay and suffer because of it. The developers move on with fat profits.
How foolish and muddle headed is it to create a new environmental disaster in a futile attempt to solve another.
I would ask each committee member to search his or her conscience, consider carefully what we all lose if this application goes ahead and to reject this application in toto.
The Committee rejected Pennant Walters application which will now be the subject of appeal. If you wish your views to be heard please write in triplicate to:
The Planning Inspectorate,
CARDIFF CF10 3NQ
BEFORE 1st MAY,2008
23 April 2008
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