February 24, 2012

Wind turbine campaigners in protest during First Minister visit to Anglesey

by Owen R Hughes, DPW West, www.dailypost.co.uk 24 February 2012

Wind turbine campaigners staged a protest during a visit by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Around 70 protesters chanted and waved placards as Mr Jones arrived at the Marco Cable company in Llangefni. They said their aim was to send a message to Cardiff Bay about the strength of feeling over the proliferation of turbine applications.

Protesters fear turbines, some 115 metres high, would blot the rural landscape and damage tourism.

This demonstration follows a protest earlier this month outside the offices of Anglesey council.

A spokesman for Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT) said: “We have taken our protest to the council and they are now reviewing their planning guidance on wind turbines.

“If Anglesey council do turn these applications down any appeal will then go to the Welsh Assembly.

“We wanted to send a clear message to Carwyn Jones how the people of Anglesey feel.”

First minister Mr Jones had been unaware of the protest before arriving at the factory gates. The AAWT spokesman added: “We were chanting as he arrived but they did not stop on the way in and once parked up Carwyn appeared to avoid looking in our direction. When he left they went out a different exit and than drove past us as we waved placards again.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “This is an issue for the local authority.” Mr Jones also visited the renovation project of Furnace Farm as a centre of food excellence in the Conwy Valley and Venue Walkway in Holyhead town centre where he was looking at a project by Plas Cybi Communities First to get empty shops back in use.

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