If only a minority of people object to wind farms, as Friends of the Earth Cymru claim, why did they find it necessary to produce their report? If their own statements are to be believed, are they not preaching to the converted?If so many of the Welsh population are in favour, why are so many objecting?
Before they can claim that they have no negative effect upon property prices, a sufficient number of wind farms need to be operational in and around valley communities.
Only then will we witness their true effect.
If they do have a negative effect will they, the developers and the Assembly Government, make a written statement guaranteeing to fully compensate those effected?
I find the statement that they encourage tourism ridiculous. I cannot envisage tour operators flocking to offer “An amazing holiday visiting Welsh wind farms”. Surely, when you have seen one, you have seen them all.
The report has the cheek to state that coal mining has left its imprint on many communities and that open-cast mining is scarring the landscape.
Yet, the writers see nothing wrong with scarring the same landscapes with steel monstrosities.
It appears this report is nothing more than spin to further convince those in the Assembly Government and Westminster that it’s a good idea to blanket Wales in wind farms to satisfy Government targets, and simultaneously give the impression that its people are in favour of it.
I don’t know if the Assembly has noticed but Wales is a very small country and regardless of where wind farms are located they will be close to communities, even closer in the South Wales valleys.
Personally, I believe it should be made clear to the Assembly that Wales is not for sale to wind farm developers.
We do not want their turbines in our valleys and must say a very clear “no” to what can only be described as a 21st Century slagheap.
20 May 2008
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