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Row over returning wind farm lorries

Created on 10/08/2016 @ 01:53
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There's a claims that wind farm lorries are diverting through Llanfair Caereinion on their way back from the construction site beyond Cefn Coch to stop for fish and chips.

The claim has been made by Llanfair resident Ian Gomm who said one HGV driver parked outside his house to visit the fish and chips shop.

“The Tirgwynt Wind Farm website states that ‘Returning Vehicles: Once the delivery vehicles have unloaded the components, as they are no longer carrying Abnormal Loads they do not require a police escort. They will be normal HGVs and will return using the Construction Traffic Route. Times of return journeys will vary’.

“Why, if they are returning using the Construction Traffic Route, are they driving through Llanfair Caereinion Town Centre, which is not on that route?

“They even parked outside my house last week in the middle of the town to visit the fish and chip shop! Llanfair Caereinion is a small town and already suffers from severe traffic congestion.

“Residents are already starting to complain about the delivery vehicles and have been saying that they say one thing and then do the opposite. This is not good public relations for the project considering that the convoys have only recently started travelling through our area.”

However, the wind farm developers have clarified that they are in fact doing nothing wrong as the Traffic Management Plan, agreed with Powys County Council, allows their drivers to return from the site via the town.

“Confusion has arisen because there are two different routes in the Traffic Management Plan that was agreed with Powys Highways,” a spokesperson told us. “The Abnormal Loads (AIL) route, which is used for turbine deliveries, does not go through Llanfair Caereinion. However the Construction Traffic Route which is for other non-AIL traffic does go via Llanfair Caereinion.

“So the lorry driver was following the correct route for returning from the site via Llanfair Caereinion - as well as getting his fish and chips!”

The spokesperson added that the wording on their web site will be made clearer to avoid confusion.

On social media there was sympathy for the drivers with some people saying it was understandable that they wanted to stop after long hours driving, and it was good that they were spending in the town.

Loads will continue, almost daily, through the area towards Cefn Coch until mid-September, and then a new stream of abnormal loads heading towards a site south of Newtown will take over until Christmas.

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