Director of REP, Richard Hadwin, confirmed the company would be appealing against the council’s decision.
REP will also be teaming up with Sustainable Wales in John Street, Porthcawl, from next Monday, where the wind farm consultation documents will be displayed for people to view the proposals in a drop in centre style environment.
Margaret Minhinnick, of Sustainable Wales, said: “The idea of opening up the office was ours. It is an easier and more friendly way to give people information than putting papers through their doors.”
She said the vote came ironically on the day Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a green revolution for the UK.
She said: “The decision they took was to stop a gadget to record wind speed!
“It’s wrong to hijack this anemometer as a knee jerk reaction. We need the information on wind speed so we know what we are going to do instead.
“Porthcawl Town Council did not oppose it. The members in the north of the borough voted against it because they are so afraid of the possibility of development there but they are wasting taxpayers’ money because it’s government policy.”
Mr Hadwin said: “Preventing a 20cm wide wind research mast, 700m from two of the largest communication towers in the area is not reasonable. In the week that it is announced that the ice at the North Pole will melt completely this summer, some may see the decision as perverse.
“This vote is against majority public opinion. We leafleted 15,000 households in the wind farm public consultation.
“However, only 47 replies have been received, and less than half of those were against the project. The interests of a powerful minority have won.
“All of us want to do what we can to reduce CO2.
“Newton Down wind farm would massively reduce the carbon footprint of every resident in the surrounding area.”
by Julia Bosnyak, Glamorgan Gazette
3 July 2008
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