Wind turbine concerns
11:18am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Letters
I WONDER how many of your readers might be aware of an application by Trebover Farm in Fishguard for a 45m (146ft) wind turbine to be sited in a field behind the mast at Glasfryn near to the Fishguard Showground?
There doesn’t appear to be a planning notice along the remote lane next to the proposed location, nor a notice in any paper which would alert people living in the surrounding area about an issue that would have an immense visual impact on their lives, as well as the landscape.
Many residents on Goodwick Hill, with whom I spoke at the weekend, are also very concerned and upset to learn of the possibility of having such a dominant and distracting feature facing them across the valley.
After all, we’re not talking about an acceptably small turbine here, to power a working farm, but one that is 11 metres higher than the Panteg turbine and six metres higher than the Glasfryn mast and therefore would be seen from everywhere for many miles around.
Not only is the turbine very close to the boundary of the National Park at Llanychaer, but it would dominate the unspoilt ridge between Fishguard and Scleddau.
If passed by Planning, it could possibly set a precedent for more turbines to mushroom along the hill.
This is an area renowned internationally for its unique, historic and outstanding natural beauty and heavily reliant upon the tourist industry to survive.
Is it worth putting all this at risk by despoiling the landscape with inappropriate industrial sized turbines?
Why ruin such a special area as north Pembrokeshire and views from its coastal path and hills for a green energy that is now under EU review due to its lack of efficiency and inability to prevent future blackouts?
The crippling cost to the taxpayer has already put 9 ½ million UK people into fuel poverty and each turbine, with its massive concrete base, has a working life of between 20 - 25 years, the same time it takes to work off the amount of CO2 produced in its manufacture, so it’s not actually saving the planet!
Who will actually benefit in the area from the massive 6 figure annual incomes from these turbines? Are we all going to get cheaper electricity in Fishguard and Goodwick in exchange for ruining our scenery, or is it mainly a way of making rich landowners even richer?
If (like me) you don’t want any more turbines to despoil the area, please write to the Planning Department at Pembrokeshire County Council, County Hall, Haverfordwest SA61 1TP to lodge your objection.