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Wind farm protesters win support from AM  

Credit:  South Wales Evening Post | www.thisissouthwales.co.uk 8 October 2012 ~~

Residents ighting plans for a wind farm development that would overlook Port Talbot have won support from a regional AM.

Conservative Suzy Davies is backing the people of Brombil and Margam opposed to REG Windpower’s proposals to put five turbines, measuring 100 metres to their blade tips, on Mynydd Brombil.

Mrs Davies has now lodged a formal objection to the proposal, arguing the site was within a designated Landscape Area of Special Historic Interest.

“There will also be a significant visual impact upon Margam Park, which is the jewel in the crown of the tourism industry in Port Talbot,” she said. “It attracts thousands of visitors a year and they will not want to see a wind farm looming over them.

“Also, I am concerned about the cumulative impact of these wind farm applications.

“If they are all granted, this part of South Wales will be saturated with wind farms, to the detriment of residential amenity and visual amenity.”

The energy company has said the Mynydd Brombil wind farm would power 5,000 homes. It also pledged to set up a community fund which would pay £40,000 a year to local good causes.

The turbines would be visible from Goytre, Margam Road, Broomhill, and Port Talbot Civic Centre.

A petition set up to oppose the application has been signed by hundreds of people.

Mrs Davies said: “It is a living historic landscape which must be protected for future generations.”

Source:  South Wales Evening Post | www.thisissouthwales.co.uk 8 October 2012

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