Save Our Scenery from Syrior’s Turbines

It looks as though the controversial application for two 150ft (46m) wind turbines at Llandrillo will now be considered by Denbighshire’s Planning Committee on Wednesday, December 19.
When the application was deferred back in October to give time for more information to be gathered as requested by the Countryside Council for Wales, over 90 opponents to the scheme had made their views clear, with initially only 6 people writing in support.   Those of you who were unable to object to this plan for turbines at Syrior before, now have the opportunity to do so.  You can do this by either:
emailing – planning@denbighshire.gov.uk
or, writing to – Graham H. Boase, Head of Planning, Regeneration and Regulatory Services, Denbighshire County Council, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN.
Please quote the Planning Reference 07/2012/0539, and give your name and address and grounds for objection.
Originally, STEMM was formed to oppose Scottish Power Renewables’ scheme for 25, 475 ft (145 m) wind turbines here in the Upper Dee Valley.  However, as has happened around the UK, the lure of Feed in Tariffs is proving an irresistible attraction for landowners in this dash for cash which the wind ‘energy’ industry encourages.  These subsidies can bring in around £38,000 a year EACH for the fortunate farmer who has a turbine of Syrior’s proposed size, but lead to misery for their neighbours.
Allow ONE application through and we could follow the nightmarish example of Anglesey which is now haphazardly pincushioned with the things, thanks to a Council that will not listen to thousands of opponents on the island.  In our area, however, it could also increase the chances of Scottish Power’s major wind factory scheme being given the go ahead.
Currently there are two other wind turbine schemes from local farmers potentially in the pipeline.  These are at Tyn y Fedw, Bethel, for a turbine of 259ft (79m); and, Bodelith Isaf, near Bethel, for two turbines of  410ft (125m).  These turbines would be out of place in this valley, particularly when you bear in mind that currently the tallest structure is the lovely Llandrillo church spire, which stands at a mere 107 ft (32m)!
It’s tricky to stand in opposition to someone when you have lived alongside them for many years, or have carried out work for them and so on. However, it’s worth considering whether or not they thought about you and your family when they decided to put in for wind turbines on their land.  They may stand to make a tidy profit (we’re all human, after all), but will your home suffer a drop in value or become unsaleable due to the proximity of turbines?  If the turbines all get the go ahead, will this beautiful valley stop attracting so many visitors, with the knock on effect to local businesses?  Will the peace and quiet you once enjoyed be lost forever as the turbines thrum night and day?  That’s if the wind is blowing, of course.
If the Llandrillo turbines are voted through by Denbighshire’s Planning Committee then you can practically guarantee that more will follow.  So, please, if you haven’t already, get your objection in to Denbighshire and help stop this industrialisation of the Upper Dee Valley!

We will keep you posted about details of the Planning meeting, but if you would like to attend and/or join our ‘protest’ group outside Denbighshire’s Council Offices in Ruthin, then you need to be there by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19.  The meeting starts at 9.30 a.m. If you would like to come along, but are stuck for transport, then please let us know via Facebook or the website.

The beautiful photograph was taken by a local photographer and more of their work can be found at http://www.flickriver.com/places/United+Kingdom/Wales/Llandderfel/search/

Mynydd Mynyllod in Daily Post debate.

The new Energy Minister, John Hayes, did all of us who are fighting to stop the industrialisation of the countryside a big favour last week when he said ‘Enough is enough’!  He may have been almost immediately gagged by his ‘boss’, Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, but he certainly opened up the debate.  It’s worth looking closely at the claims made by those in favour of wind ‘energy’, especially as the Advertising Standards Agency has taken wind energy companies to task over three sets of spurious claims in the past few weeks.

We also now have the results of two recent surveys:  a YouGov poll, commissioned by The John Muir Trust, suggests that high concentrations of wind farms could pose a serious threat to tourism in Britain’s scenic areas. The poll shows that:

  • 43 per cent of people in Britain who visit scenic areas in the UK for their natural heritage and beauty would be ‘less likely to visit a scenic area with a large concentration of wind farms’
  • Just 2 per cent say they would be ‘more likely to visit a scenic area with a large concentration of wind farms’.

While another new survey, by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, which received a high (64%) response rate from 57 local tourism businesses, found that 76% of respondents found large-scale turbines “unhelpful” to marketing the area, with 69% saying they would be “unhelpful” in generating repeat business.

One-third (33%) of respondents had discussed wind farms with customers and reported negative views. Only one reported hearing support for wind turbines.

More information and links to these surveys can be found on STEMM’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/STEMM/217154595034610?fref=ts