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That was the concert, now for the conference

Created on 02/08/2011 @ 16:44
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Campaigners fighting wind farm plans which they believe will decimate the Montgomeryshire countryside will take the lead role in a specially arranged national conference next month.
The September 13 conference, which will feature ‘A-listers’ from across the British renewable energy debate, will be held at Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire, as protesters crank up their campaign to target central government following Saturday’s hugely successful ‘Sustainable Life Festival” held near Meifod.
Thousands attended the massive outdoor festival, which featured bands from across the area and raised vital funds for the long fight ahead.
“We are very pleased with the day, everybody seemed to really enjoy it,” said one of the organisers, Nick Larder. “We know we have made money but will now have to find out how much.”
Mr Larder said that while events like Saturday’s festival along with the mass local protests have galvanised local support, it was now time to take the message outside the impact zone in order to lobby Westminster.
“The conference is going to be huge,” he said: “It will be chaired by Lord Carlile and include some of the most prominent figures from the Renewable Energy debate. It will not be a protest, but a conference which will hopefully convince the government to re-look at its renewable energy strategy which couldn’t be any worse at present. Groups from across the UK will be attending but we are taking the lead which demonstrates that Montgomeryshire is at the forefront.”
Meanwhile, a statement on the Montgomeryshire Against Pylons Facebook page read: “Thank you to everyone who came on Saturday, those who donated equipment, those who volunteered and to the handful of people who appeared out of the woodwork and provided a level of help that can only be described as above and beyond the call of duty.”
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