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Wednesday, 3 July, 2002, 06:34 GMT 07:34 UK
Last-ditch meeting on turbine plan
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More than 100 people are expected at the meeting
Residents campaigning against plans to build a small wind farm on a hill above their homes are to finalise their objections to the proposals on Wednesday.

The Ceiriog Valley is widely regarded as a tourist attraction in north east Wales and local people have raised concerns that wind turbines will be a blot on the landscape.


This area will become known as Turbine Valley instead of Ceiriog Valley

David Wilcock, Local resident

Plans for the 300ft trio of turbines at Cefn Coed on the outskirts of Wrexham have been submitted by a local farmer and are being backed by National Wind Power.

The organisation is overseeing the Windworks project, which helps farmers and landowners submit applications for up to three wind turbines.

Karen Jones from National Wind Power said it is a good scheme: "You've got to reduce carbon dioxide somehow.

"This opens up the possibility of having wind turbines on smaller land and it helps farmers who need to diversify."

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Three turbines could be built

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

But David Wilcock from the Ceiriog Valley Action Group is against the proposal: "We're not getting embroiled in the issues for or against wind power.

"This area will become known as Turbine Valley instead of Ceiriog Valley.

"It is the visual vandalism that would be caused that we are opposed to - in there own right these are little industrial factories."

Government targets

Wednesday's public meeting at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall in Dolywern will be the last opportunity for members of the public to meet before Wrexham council's deadline for receiving objection letters.

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

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

Ms Jones added: "Obviously the government has got some targets to reach and every project will contribute to that."

However, Mr Wilcock said local people will fight the development all the way:

"We are not ashamed to say not in this backyard - it is a designated area of scenic beauty."


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