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TV signal fears spark axing of turbine bid

Concerns over TV reception have prompted community leaders in Burry Port to oppose moves to put up a wind turbine in Pinged.

Jonty Hay, of Hay Farms, has lodged plans for the 48m tall structure – which, if approved, would be expected to be visible from Pembrey, Burry Port, Trimsaran and Gower.

Since the application was submitted to Carmarthenshire Council, householders in the area have opposed the scheme, and the issue has spurred campaigning group Coedbach Action Team to get involved.

Fears

Members of the group – who won their fight last year to stop a biomass power station being built in Kidwelly – voiced their fears that the structure, planned at Poplar Tree Farm, would affect TV reception for residents.

At a presentation to Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council, the group argued that the location of the wind turbine was inappropriate as there are no others within a five-kilometre radius.

They also claimed it would set a precedent for many other applications in an unspoilt valley.

It was the group’s opinion that the turbine would have a major adverse visual impact over a 10-kilometre radius.

Spokesman Robin Cammish said: “We have repeatedly heard that residents’ amenity would be directly impaired, or destroyed.

“There is real anger at this potential loss of TV reception in over 155 homes.

“There has been no public consultation.”

The lobby group’s report to the council adds: “This is a massive structure in all of our faces with no community benefit at all.

“The direct loss of residents’ amenity for this application is massive and unacceptable.”

They claimed also that residents were “deeply concerned” about the “lack of consideration of health impacts.”

Councillor Steve James said he was “very concerned” at the possible loss of TV picture for residents.

“Very vulnerable people could be left without that vital communication,” he added.

“I would be quite happy for this council to object.”

Councillor John James said people weren’t aware of the impact the plans could have on their surroundings and private lives.

He added: “Once this comes in it will open the floodgates elsewhere and in this community.

“I’m very concerned about the noise there.”

The planned 80KW turbine is twin-bladed, with a hub height of 39 metres and a blade length of nine metres, and could be less than 500-metres from some homes.

The town council voted unanimously to oppose the turbine at a special meeting last week.