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Look what's coming our way: warning

Created on 17/08/2010 @ 15:38


A substation the size of 15 football pitches will be ‘plonked’ here to service the proposed wind farms that will spring up throughout Montgomeryshire over the next five years, our MP has claimed.Graveney Substation: caused anger in the Thames Valley but is one on its way here too?
As Powys planners approved the first of several proposed developments last week, giving the green light for hundreds of convoys to travel through Welshpool, Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies, claims they are a dot on the landscape compared to what else is planned.
“It is no secret that I am quite resentful to wind farms because I am fed up with decisions being made in Cardiff at the National Assembly which result in these turbines being plonked here,” said Mr. Davies. “But at the moment the local people have no comprehension of the size of the substation that is required for the next round of proposed wind farms. I have been told that the station itself will be 350m x 250m which, with the landscaping around it, would take up an area of 20 acres and the size of a village.”
Mr. Davies said that he is in talks with the National Grid to try and identify where they intend to build the substation but understands they have already shortlisted up to three sites. A final decision is expected in October. He is also worried about the number of pylons that will be constructed above the ground to the National Grid hub in Shropshire.
“Montgomeryshire is one of the most beautiful parts of the world,” he said. “I agree that there is a concern about the traffic problems caused by the convoys, but my main fear is the damage that these sites will make to the environment which can never be reversed.
“I have always opposed them and argued the case when I was the environment spokesperson in the National Assembly, but it was a democratic process which I lost so I have to accept the decision made. My objective now as a representative for Montgomeryshire is to minimise damage and to maximise local community benefit.”
Despite protests led by Welshpool Town Council, planners approved the Tir Gwynt Wind farm near Carno which will consist of 12 turbines, down from the original application of 22. The approval came with 64 conditions and faced 80 objections. It also received over 200 letters of support. More wind farms are currently going through the planning process.

PICTURED:   An artist’s impression of the Graveney Substation which angered residents in the Thames Estuary last year. Could we be about to face the same?

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