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Windfarm protest calls for site’s protection  

Credit:  Cambrian news, www.cambrian-news.co.uk 25 April 2012 ~~

Aberytsyth played host to a national day of action to launch a nationwide protest movement against wind power last Thursday.

The event, organised by the Cambrian Mountains Society, saw a number of people sign a petition against Government support of wind power.

And there were calls for the site of a massive windfarm planned for Nant y Moch to be made a listed historic battlefield site because of its links with Owain Glyndŵr.

With boards displaying the effects of installing 64 turbines at Nant y Moch, between Ponterwyd and Talybont, the group were handing out a number of flyers listing six claims against wind power.

Ironically it was the wind that almost proved their undoing, blowing over their display boards on at least four occasions at the site on Owain Glyndŵr.

Wyck Gerson Lohman, a member of the society, said the day was all about raising awareness about the turbine issue.“Windfarms don’t solve CO2 problems, they only generate electricity erratically and not enough to meet our needs,” said Wyck, from Furnace.

“Without subsidy from our electricity bills, not a single turbine would be built.”

Talybont man and society member, John Morgan, said there had been no landscape analysis to the effects of building turbines on an area described by the Countryside Council for Wales as having “outstanding natural quality”.

“And the Welsh Government’s TAN 8, which highlighted the area for wind development in 2005 needs urgent revision,” he added. The Cambrian Mountains Society are also attempting to get the Hyddgen battlefield site, which lies on the proposed Nant y Moch wind-farm site, registered as an official battlefield site.

As part of a Welsh Government led project, CADW are compiling a list of Welsh battlefields which will provide additional protection for registered battlefield sites through the planning process and to raise public awareness of these iconic historic sites.

But Hyddgen, where Owain Glyndŵr’s small militia army first defeated a superior English force in 1401, turning him into a national leader, is not among the first six sites considered.

Source:  Cambrian news, www.cambrian-news.co.uk 25 April 2012

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