Extra Time for Syrior Objections

As many of you will be aware, there has been a further delay in this application coming before Denbighshire County Council Planning Committee, in order to allow Syrior to amend their application.
Fel y bydd llawer ohonoch yn gwybod, mae oedi pellach eto, cyn y daw’r cais hwn gerbron Pwyllgor Cynllunio, Cyngor Sir Ddinbych, er mwyngalluogi i Syrior gyflwyno mwy o newidiadau i’w cais.
It is now most probably going to be decided some time in February 2013.
Yn ôl pob tebyg, bydd ’rwan yn cael ei benderfynu rhywbryd ym mis Chwefror 2013
The said amendments are more and, supposedly, better photomontages of the proposed turbines. These photomontages can be viewed on http://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en-gb/DNAP-8B9LGE
Mae’r newidiadau yn cynnwys ‘montage’ ffotograffig ychwanegol a chliriach o’r tyrbinau arfaethedig. Mae’r lluniau ychwanegol hyn i’w gweld ar y wefan http://www.sirddinbych.gov.uk/cy-gb/DNAP-8B8F4E
You, of course, must make up your own mind as to whether they are a true representation of the visualisation of the proposed turbines, but please bear in mind that in reality they would be exactly the same size as the three erected in Gwyddelwern.
Wrth gwrs, mae o fyny i chi i benderfynu os ydynt yn wir gynrychiolaeth o’r ddelwedd y byddai’r tyrbinau arfaethedig hyn yn ei greu, ond plis, cofiwch gadw mewn cof y byddent mewn gwirionedd, yn union yr un faint a’r tri a sydd wedi eu codi yn Gwyddelwern.
We need to get any further objections to the Planning Department either by email to planning@denbighshire.gov.uk
or by letter to:
Planning Department
Denbighshire County Council
Caledfryn Smithfield Road Denbigh Denbighshire LL16 3RJ
Mae angen anfon unrhyw wrthwynebiad pellach i’r Adran Gynllunio naill ai mewn e-bost i cynllunio@sirddinbych.gov.uk
neu mewn lythyr at:
Adran Cynllunio
Cyngor Sir Ddinbych
Ffordd y Ffair
Sir Ddinbych
LL16 3RJ
It is prudent to request an acknowledgement of your objection.
Mae’n ddoeth gofyn am gydnabyddiaeth o’ch gwrthwynebiad.
There is a deadline for objections on the 20th December – next Thursday – but (and I quote from an email from the Planning Department):
Mae’r dyddiad cau i’r gwrthwynebiadau ar 20fed o Ragfyr – Dydd Iau nesaf – ond (a dyfynnaf o’r e-bost a dderbyniwyd gan yr Adran Gynllunio):

“In accordance with the statutory process, the Council is required to allow 14 days for consultation responses to be received before a planning application is determined. However, in practice, where a decision is still pending,  we would accept late responses”.  With regards to the Syrior application, it will need to be returned to planning committee before the application is determined and we are aiming to take it back to Committee in February (to be confirmed – however it definitely won’t be going to the January committee), therefore any consultation responses received in January will most likely be accepted (please note Officers, need to complete the Committee Report at least 3 weeks before the Committee meeting, so reports for the Feb Committee will need to be completed by the end of January).

That said, we would always advise interested parties submit their comments within the 14 day consultation period to ensure Officers have sufficient time to review and fully consider the issues raised. You can always submit your initial comments before Christmas, but make a note in the response that you also intend to submit more details comments once further advice / information has been obtained.”

Wind Turbine Traffic Could Hurt Trade

 For local people the A5 road through Llangollen and Corwen and on to Snowdonia can be both beautiful and hazardous.  The thousands of visitors who use it every year know it as an historic coaching route through stunning scenery which takes them into the heart of spectacular North Wales.
Within the next few years, however, the twisting A5 will become the major route for scores of abnormal loads (AILs) crawling along as they carry the components for wind factory developments in Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd. 
Supporters of STEMM are already aware of the increasing opposition to ScottishPower Renewables’ plans for 25, 475ft (145m) wind turbines on Mynydd Mynyllod, in the upper Dee Valley near Llandrillo.  In addition to this scheme, however, there are the 32, 475ft (145m) turbines earmarked for Clocaenog Forest near Ruthin; 16, 328ft (100m) turbines at Brenig; and, the 10 turbines of 360ft (110m) for Llys Dymper.  This doesn’t include the growing number of applications for so-called ‘small scale’ turbines, such as that at Bodelith Isaf, Bethel, for two turbines of a staggering 410ft (125m).
It doesn’t take much imagination to realise that the lorries transporting components for these colossal turbines are going to bring chaos to the A5 over several years.  This doesn’t include, of course, the lorries bringing cranes, cement for the massive bases and all the other materials that go into the construction of major wind factories.
What impact are these scores of abnormal loads going to have on the economy of Corwen at a time when businesses are already being hit by the continuing recession?  It is bad enough in the centre of the town with the existing lorries and buses.  It’s also worth remembering that some of these turbines are amongst the tallest currently onshore in the UK, so transporting them along the A5 as it snakes through the centre of Corwen could create some unforeseen problems.  Some of you may remember the disruption caused during last year’s trial run through Corwen which involved just ONE unladen lorry (see photographs below).
There is a link below to the Welsh Assembly document giving the full details, but within it it states:
 ‘The consequences of development means considerable numbers of additional Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AILs) on the transport network.  This increased volume of AIL traffic will unavoidably have an impact on communities and businesses within those communities.’
The report also admits:
 ‘The specialist vehicles used for transporting wind turbines (AILs) can move slowly on roads, sometimes as low as speeds of 10 to 20 mph. The wind turbine parts that the AILs are transporting can be very long, wide, heavy or a combination of all and will therefore require police escorts. The length of these loads can be a problem on junctions and corners and some components can be twice the width of a normal articulated lorry.  This would present a significant problem on all roads except motorways and some dual carriageways due to overhanging on carriageways and footways, which could compromise safety of “following” or “oncoming” vehicles.’
Whatever your views are about wind factories, it is worth considering the threat that scores of wide loads could have on the economies of Llangollen, Corwen, Bala and the surrounding areas.  Some visitors, heading off on their holidays in Snowdonia, may decide to avoid the area altogether rather than face being stuck behind slow moving lorries along the A5.