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Monday, 1 July, 2002, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Anti-windfarm posters destroyed
Wind turbines generic
The wind turbines are planned for the Ceiriog Valley
Posters outlining opposition to plans for giant wind turbines in the Ceiriog Valley have been torn down under the cover of darkness.

More than 30 leaflets proclaiming 'No to 300ft high wind turbines in this Valley' have vanished over the past two days.


We're determined to put the truth of the Cefn Coed wind turbine proposals to residents in the Valley

Jools Payne, Ceiriog Valley Action Group

Three 300 foot wind turbines with a wing span of 62 metres could be be built on land in Cefn Coed.

The electricity produced from the turbines will provide power for on average 2,500 houses a year, according to the scheme's promoters.

But some local residents say the wind farm will have a detrimental impact on the rural communities surrounding the area on the outskirts of Wrexham.

Jools Payne from The Ceiriog Valley Action Group said she was annoyed by the action: "We're determined to put the truth of the Cefn Coed wind turbine proposals to residents in the Valley.

Wind turbine
A public meeting will be held into the plans

Paid for by public donations, the posters give details of a public meeting at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall in Dolywern, on Wednesday.

"It is regrettable that someone allied to the planning application is attempting to deprive people of that truth, by stealing out at night to remove the public meeting notices.

"It shows how desperate they are to smother the growing opposition to their plans, " she added.

The talks will be the last time for members of the public to meet before Wrexham council's deadline for receiving objection letters.

The authority has doubled the consultation period for local residents to have their say to the 8 July.

Officers will consider any objections at a planning meeting later this month.

No-one from National Wind Power who are managing the project was available to comment on Monday.

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

If the development goes ahead in north east Wales it will be the first of its kind in the area.


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