August 1, 2012

Plans to erect 152 ft high wind turbine provoke anger on Anglesey

by Alex Hickey, DPW West | 1 August 2012

Plans to erect a 152ft high wind turbine close to three ancient monuments have provoked outrage.

The turbine would be erected on Tre Ifan farm near Brynsiencyn, Anglesey barely 300 metres from an ancient settlement, hut circles and a standing stone – and 900m from the village which is in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

The application has been submitted by Awel Menai, a group established two years ago to develop farm scale renewable energy projects.

The founding members comprise three farmers from the Brynsiencyn and Caernarfon areas plus two renewable energy/project engineers, both based in Wales.

Tre Ifan farm is owned by one of the collective, farmer Richard Rogers.

So far 121 people have written letters objecting to the proposal.

But Mr Rogers accused opponents to the scheme of “scaremongering”.

On Monday night more than 200 people attended a public consultation meeting at Brynsiencyn community council to discuss the application.

Anglesey councillor Hywel Efion Jones, who chaired the meeting, said it’s fair to say the “overwhelming majority” of people were opposed to it.

Councillors voted on whether to give their support to the application last night after the Daily Post went to press.

According to an opponent who attended Monday’s meeting, Brynsiencyn based author David Edwards, the wind turbine would have “too much of a detrimental effect” on the landscape and to tourism.

He said: “Only Brynsiencyn residents were allowed to vote (at Monday’s meeting) and of those who did 99% were against it.”

“This turbine at Tre Ifan would be 900 metres from Brynsiencyn and just 300m from three scheduled ancient monuments; Caer Leb (an ancient settlement); Pont Sarn-Las hut circles and the standing stone at Trefwri.

“In February Mr Rogers told the Holyhead Mail (the Daily Post’s sister publication) that if he had received objections he would abandon his plan.

“The council has received 121 objection to this application I think it is time he abandoned this plan.”

Mr Rogers said he had no intention of withdrawing the application.

“There is a small group of people who are very well organised and instilling fear into people about the impact of wind turbines. There is too much ‘hysteria’ surrounding this issue and a lot of scaremongering going on about the noise of wind turbines and their impact on tourism.

“I am a father of three. If all the claims they make about wind turbines were true I wouldn’t be trying to build one over the farm and 200 metres away from my brother’s homes.

“All I am trying to do is to secure a future for my family and the farm,” he said.

The closing date for objections to the application is August 10.

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