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Huge wind turbine planned for Amlwch  

Credit:  by Elgan Hearn, Bangor and Anglesey Mail, www.theonlinemail.co.uk 2 March 2011 ~~

The sheer scale and size of a wind turbine project on the outskirts of Amlwch has been questioned.

Airvolution Energy has submitted an amended application to Anglesey County Council, reducing the height of two planned wind turbines at Ysgellog Farm, near Rhosgoch, from 100m to 92.5m.

Amlwch town councillors – who have deferred the issue to be discussed at a later date – have decided to ask county councillors to discuss the application with planners.

Cllr Nigel Ault said: “It’s huge – 92m has got to be at least twice the size of St Eleth church, I’m just wondering about the scale, it’s around 300 feet.”

Cllr Eric Roberts: “If we have to have it, why not make it as big as possible, it’s a brilliant idea that will attract visitors.”

Airvolution Energy community relations manager Nicola Perkin said: “Ysgellog Farm has been chosen by us because of the landscape and there’s good wind there which has the potential to accommodate wind turbines.

“They would probably be connected to the existing overhead power lines near the old Shell oil depot.

“There will be no significant impact to the area. There are already a number of turbines here.”

Mrs Perkin added that the company’s philosophy is to produce energy that would be actually used in a nearby area because they believe it’s better, in the long term “as the price of fossil fuel goes up”.

Last month a planning application by Scottish Power to build four 126m wind turbines at Queniborough in Leicestershire was rejected.

Charnwood Borough Council said it would have too great an impact on the area.

Source:  by Elgan Hearn, Bangor and Anglesey Mail, www.theonlinemail.co.uk 2 March 2011

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