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Anglesey protest over the spread of wind turbines

Campaigners opposed to the proliferation of giant turbines on Anglesey staged a protest yesterday

Opponents from across the island took part in a protest walk around Llanddona.

They toured locations for proposed wind turbines to voice their anger over windmill applications across Anglesey – some of which would tower 115 metres high.

Owain Evans, from Anglesey Against Wind Turbines, said: “The residents of Llanddona organised the walk around the village to show their objection to the wind turbine proposals in the area.

“The aim of the walk is to have a walk past the turbine locations and to highlight their plight, we are hoping that the other villages on Anglesey turn up with their own placards showing the names of their own villages on the island.”

Applications for “monster” turbines – some higher than Big Ben in London – have surged over the past 18 months, causing concern they will blot the island’s landscape and damage tourism.

New Supplementary Planning guidelines (SPG) are being compiled to control the size and siting of turbines.

But there are fears these will not control their spread and they could be allowed in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Meanwhile planners in Gwynedd are expected to approve the construction of two 34m high wind turbines near Bryncir despite objection from the Snowdonia National Park and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales.

Both applications have been made separately by the relevant landowners and planners recommend approval.