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‘Back us’ plea by protesters 

Campaigners fighting plans to extend a Teifi Valley wind farm are appealing to politicians for their support.

The Blaen Bowi Action Group has written to Adam Price MP and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM to oppose three more wind turbines being built between Newcastle Emlyn and Capel Iwan.

Carmarthenshire Council refused permission for the three extra turbines last October, but the operators have appealed to the Assembly.

No date, or venue, has been set for the planning inquiry, but is likely to be the end of September.

John Roworth, from the campaign group, said Adam Price should stick to his word and support them.

“Mr Price said in a recent Journal article he would stand for the ordinary people of the county,” he said.

“We are simply asking him to do so – to stand by us, the ordinary people.”

The operator WindJen Power has always said it disputes Carmarthenshire Council’s decision to reject the application based on the visual impact on the Teifi Valley.

The company claims there is no new impact on the valley because there are already three turbines at the site.

Mr Roworth added that his group felt let down by local county councillors who spoke in favour of the application last October.

Mr Roworth added: “Many residents suffer extreme adverse effects from this development and feel ignored by their elected representatives.”

A letter appealing for support has been sent to the Assembly’s First Minister Rhodri Morgan, as well as Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, energy minister Jane Davidson, Nick Ainger MP and two county councillors.

Adam Price MP said he would ask for more information on this matter and added: “I will of course be happy to represent the concerns of any constituents that approach my office.”

No one from WindJen Power was available for comment.

Any interested parties can make written representations to the Planning Inspectorate Wales before July 1. They can also attend the inquiry and at the discretion of the Inspector, make oral representation.

India Pollock

Evening Post

11 June 2008

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