What’s missing, though, are the lines of pylons which accompany major wind turbine developments which are currently threatening so many parts of North Wales.
Denbighshire alone already has some 100 wind turbines, with scores more in various stages of the planning pipeline, many of which would be 145 metres (475ft) in height.
As the Daily Post reported today (see link below) the various wind farm developments have led, in turn, to plans for a 17 km, 132kV overhead line with new pylons which would run close to a number of villages. This would start at a new substation at Clocaenog Forest, just outside Ruthin, where there is a scheme for 32, 145m turbines.
Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar, is quoted in the article at stating that ‘local people are strongly opposed to the scheme and fear the overground power lines will “wreck” the countryside. He said: “Local people are furious that the proposed route for these power lines runs so close to their communities and their objections must be heard. Miles of overground cables will be seen by many as an eyesore, spoiling beautiful views of North Wales.”‘ The Daily Post piece also contains details of the proposed routes and the Public Exhibitions currently being held to give people details of the scheme. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-denbighshire-fears-wind-farm-6844774
In addition to this, plans for 10 wind turbines of up to 110 metres (360ft) in height at Llys Dymper in the Conwy Valley have reared their ugly head again. These turbines would be right on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and would also be clearly visible from the Clwydian Range AONB as you look towards the major peaks. As The Snowdonia Society states in objecting to the wind turbines: ‘The proposal would be visible from the highest peak in the Park, Snowdon, as well as significantly impacting on views from other peaks including Moel Siabod and Carnedd Llwyelyn. The impact of existing wind farms including Moel Maelogan is heightened by this new proposal, which increases the density of turbines visible. The views from Snowdon summit, in particular, are enjoyed by up to 350,000 visitors and residents every year – the cumulative effects of existing and proposed wind farms from this point begin to give the impression that Snowdonia is being ‘fenced in’.’ Their full statement can be found on this link http://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/news.php?n_id=311
Objections are being received by Conwy Council, but they must be received, either by email or post, ahead of their meeting on April 9. If you wish to object the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and please remember to state clearly which planning application you are objecting to, giving its reference number, which is 0/38695
Many people seem to adopt the view that schemes for wind turbines will go ahead regardless of what local people think, but there are increasing numbers of cases around the UK where these plans are being rejected. Our voices DO count!
After all, who would really wish to see the stunning scenery below filtered through an industrial maze of wind turbines, pylons and power lines?