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Wind turbines will close Caernarfon airport’s main runway  

Credit:  by Eryl Crump, Daily Post, www.dailypost.co.uk 20 October 2010 ~~

An airport will have to shut its main runway if plans to build 150-foot wind turbines are approved by the local council

An application to erect two massive wind turbines, capable of generating enough electricity for 1,000 homes, at Caernarfon Airport have been lodged with Gwynedd Council.

Documents enclosed with the application reveal plans have been drawn up for a total of 14 wind turbines.

Pilots have condemned the plan claiming the airport is the only civilian airfield in the region which provides full refuelling services for light aircraft.

They also fear the turbines could pose a hazard to aircraft and describe the closure of the main, 3,500-foot runway, as “crazy”.

One flier told the Daily Post: “Not only is Caernarfon one of the most popular and beautiful airfields in North Wales it is also the only refuelling location in the area because the flying club at RAF Mona does not stock fuel any longer.

“We had years of using just one runway and the crosswind problems that caused. Then 02/20 (main runway) was brought back into action and now it’s being shut. I think the microlight guys have had it, as the turbulence could cause serious problems. It’s crazy.”

The airport is home to a flying school and an air museum and is used by light aircraft, helicopters and microlights. The airport is also home to the North Wales Air Ambulance. The North-South airlink used the airport last month when RAF Valley was closed.

The airport’s director, Roy Steptoe, was not available for comment yesterday.

The application states: “Proposals have been put forward to Gwynedd Council and a scoping opinion has been issued on the basis of putting in a planning application for 14 250kw turbines measuring a total of 45m with seven placed either side of the 02/20 runway at Caernarfon Airport.

“After taking into account the opinion and the winter bird survey the application is to be made for only two wind turbines strategically placed to the east of the runway to give the minimum risk of bird collision.”

A Gwynedd Council spokesman confirmed the application had been received and would be considered in due course.

Source:  by Eryl Crump, Daily Post, www.dailypost.co.uk 20 October 2010

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