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Wind farm protests hope to STEMM turbine plans  

Credit:  Published by: Tom Williams, Denbighshire Free Press, www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk 11 April 2012 ~~

Banners have sprung up alongside the spring daffodils in condemnation of a wind farm plan.

Scottish Power, revealed last year it hopes to put 25 x 145 metre high turbines on the ridge and slopes of Mynydd Mynyllod near Corwen.

The area of Llandrillo, Cynwyd, Llandderfel and communities along the busy A494 are set to be covered with placards to alert visitors and local residents to the energy giant’s scheme for 15 – 25 wind turbines in the Upper Dee Valley.

If granted, the windfarm, depending on the amount of turbines, could have a capacity of up to 75 MW, capable of supplying renewable energy to approximately 40,000 homes.

STEMM (Stop the Exploitation of Mynydd Mynyllod) argue that the inclusion of the wind turbines, almost as tall as Blackpool Tower and taller than the London Eye, would be a sore sight on the surrounding landscape.

Several hundred people have signed up on its supporters’ list, and numbers are
growing.

“I’m delighted with the increasing level of public support,” said Andrew Jedwell, chair of the group.

“More and more people are prepared to declare their opposition to this completely inappropriate proposal.”

STEMM join an increasing amount of campaign wind farm action groups, such as AAWT (Anglesey Against Wind Turbines) and PACT (People Against Conwy Turbines).

“These giant turbines will dominate the lovely landscape of the Dee Valley and will undermine the tourism sector which is such an important part of the local economy,” added Mr Jedwell.

However, if the plans for Mynydd Mynyllod Windfarm are passed, the local community will be given a community benefit fund.

The fund, which will be between £100,000 and £150,000, depending on the amount of turbines, will be given to the community to use for the 25 years of the windfarm’s
operation.

Source:  Published by: Tom Williams, Denbighshire Free Press, www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk 11 April 2012

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