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Fresh call for probe into windfarm bid  

Credit:  South Wales Guardian, www.southwalesguardian.co.uk 14 March 2012 ~~

A Llandybie community councillor has raised fresh concerns about the controversial Mynydd y Betws windfarm.

Cllr Meirion Bowen told colleagues he felt there was “something wrong” about the planning application by Celtic Energy Renewables to place 15 giant turbines on the mountain.

But he was assured by county councillor Anthony Jones that the necessary planning procedures had been followed after Welsh Assembly officials had gone over the application “with a fine toothcomb”.

The latest debate was triggered when Cllr Bowen queried why the presence of a map purportedly showing the presence of an underground reservoir within old mine workings had not been discussed at the public inquiry in Ammanford.

Celtic Energy Renewables have strongly denied destroying part of a Neolithic stone row found on the mountain, which is still being evaluated.

“Can we put something forward to get another look at this?” asked Cllr Bowen. “Something’s not right here. You may say it’s nothing to do with Llandybie council but people did come here seeking our support.”

Cllr Jones insisted that planning criteria has been met, pointing out the mountain was a Tan 8 area and therefore deemed suitable for windfarms.

“If anyone starts digging they may or may not come across something,” he added. “If something interesting has been found I’m confident that appropriate safeguards will be put in place.”

Cllr Nesta Price, who had previously expressed reservations about the windfarm, said the mountain bore Roman remains and attracted “a high percentage” of electrical storms.

But Cllr Phil Owen protested that the issue had no relevance to Llandybie. “This is not our area – surely we should be things relevant to our community,” he asked.

Windfarm spokesmen are again due to meet Betws councillors tonight (Wednesday)

Source:  South Wales Guardian, www.southwalesguardian.co.uk 14 March 2012

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