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Five months of turbine convoys are due to hit North Powys roads  

Credit:  Staff reporter | News North Wales | 30 June 2016 | www.newsnorthwales.co.uk ~~

Five months of turbine convoys are due to hit North Powys this year and meetings will be held to inform residents.

The developers behind two Mid Wales windfarms currently under construction have jointly organised two public information events to update people about turbine component deliveries which will be starting later in July.

Awel Newydd and RES are inviting people to join them at events being held in Pant and Newtown about the turbine delivery programmes for Tirgwynt Wind Farm (Awel Newydd), between Carno and Cefn Coch, and Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm (RES), between Felindre and Llanbadarn Fynydd.

Encouraging residents to attend the meetings, MP Glyn Davies said: “One of the biggest down sides of windfarms is the transport implications.

“What we will be seeing is only a fraction of what the Mid Wales Windfarm Project would have brought. It is inevitable that this will be disruptive. But we will cope.

“I think people should go to the public meetings as it is sensible to be prepared.

“It will make people realise how bad the Mid Wales Project would have been,” he added.

The first meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12, 3pm to 7pm in Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Oswestry, SY10 9QQ.

The second is to be on Thursday, July 14, 3pm to 7pm in the NPTC Group college, Newtown Campus, Llanidloes Road, Newtown, SY16 4HU.

The events will include information about the delivery plans and timings of convoys carrying turbine components as they pass villages and towns on the route with a full police escort.

Representatives from both companies will be available to discuss the deliveries and answer questions.

Turbine deliveries for Tirgwynt Wind Farm are due to begin on July 25 and last through to mid-September 2016.

Turbine deliveries for Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm are due to begin after TirGwynt, on September 12 and continue until mid-December 2016.

Andy Black, director at Awel Newydd Cyf, said: “Awel Newydd has been in discussion with the police forces involved as well as the highway authorities to ensure that the safety of road users is prioritised and any potential disruption is minimised.

“While we expect minimal traffic delays, we understand that some people may have concerns and we look forward to meeting people at both events in Pant and Newtown, and welcome their questions about the planned delivery routes and timing.”

Rob Kemeys, RES project manager for Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm, said: “We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to these drop-in sessions especially in Newtown, through which turbine components for Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm will begin to travel from September.”

Source:  Staff reporter | News North Wales | 30 June 2016 | www.newsnorthwales.co.uk

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