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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK
Activists launch campaign over wind farm
Wind turbines generic
Some residents fears the turbines will have a detrimental impact
An action group protesting against plans for a wind farm in north Wales meet for the first time on Wednesday.

Three wind turbines measuring 91 metres tall with a wing span of 62 metres have been proposed on land in Cefn Coed, Wrexham.

Wind turbine
Locals fear a drop in tourist trade

But local residents fear they will have a detrimental impact on the communities surrounding the site.

Protest plans against the wind farm will be drawn up at the Ceiriog Valley Action Group meeting.

Spokesman Kyran Lawford, said the proposals had already created bad feeling in the community.

"This area is one of natural beauty and these turbines are going to have a huge impact on tourism," he said.

"They will be totally out of character with the area.


We do not want to industrialise the community and have concerns that if these turbines are accepted, how many others will be erected

Kyran Lawford, campaigner

"They are a major visual intrusion and local people have concerns about noise and whether our communications like the television and radio signals will be affected.

"We do not want to industrialise the community and have concerns that if these turbines are accepted, how many others will be erected?

"Most people do not disagree with the idea of wind turbines but the total inappropriate location of them - this area is so picturesque," he added.

Objectors to the wind farm fear the turbines - proposed to be located on a hillside 420 metres above the local communities - will tower above them.

The Ceiriog Valley Action Group will assemble at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall in Dolywern, near Llangollen at 1930 BST on Wednesday.

Visual impact

Stephen Bolton, development manager for National Wind Power who are managing the project urged residents to read the environmental report on the planned turbines.

"I would encourage people to read this document because it gives the true picture of the evironmental concerns of the project.

"We understand people's concerns about the visual impact but we have sited the turbines so that views in Llangollen, Chirk and Glynceiriog won't be spoiled.

"And the noise levels of the proposed turbines is minimal.

"The electricity produced from these turbines will feed 2,500 houses a year on average," he added.

Consultation period

Wrexham County Borough Council has doubled the time for consultation period of the submitted proposals and extended the deadline to the 8 July.

Planning officers will the consider any objections and a meeting with council officials will be held at the end of the month.

If the proposals are accepted, this will be the first windfarm erected in the area.

In May, the UK Government gave the go-ahead for a 35m wind farm near Aberystwyth despite a local campaign against it.

The Cefn Croes development - the biggest in the UK - will have 39 turbines, supplying enough electricity for 40,000 homes.

UK energy minister Brian Wilson has publically supported wind power development in Wales.

By 2010 the UK Government hopes to have at least 10% of its electricity produced by renewable energy.


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