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Voices raised

A 1998 application to erect seventeen giant wind turbines at Jordanston was rejected by the County Planners – and, after public enquiry appeal, by the enquiry inspector and Welsh Secretary. The inspector recognised north Pembrokeshire’s unique, ancient, man made landscape, with earth banks, settlement and road patterns still much as first laid down 2,000 or more years ago; that this landscape is one of the area’s main tourist attractions; that its tourism has vital economic importance; and that, because moving turbine blades automatically focus and attract the human eye, almost to the exclusion of everything else, the landscape would effectively disappear if turbines were erected within it.

Fourteen years later that landscape is again under threat from applications and pending applications – so far for individually fewer turbines but all over the place. One, which attracted little attention, has already been granted – the result towers on the hill near Llain yr Esgob behind Panteg. A further application is pending for two or more taller turbines on high ground behind Pen Banc farm Castle Morris – at 166 metres above OD the highest point for miles around. Unless such intrusions are now to proliferate it’s time all concerned again raised their voices with their community and county councils and councillors, with the County and National Park planning offices and in the press. The planners already have in their hands, in the proceedings of the 1997-98 application and appeal, the complete, and overwhelming case against turbines anywhere across the North Pembrokeshire plateau. They must be encouraged to revisit it.

David Green Rhyd yr Harding, Castle Morris