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MP takes Power fight to Parliament

Created on 11/05/2011 @ 11:51


Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies, fought through the pain barrier yesterday (Tuesday) to warn Parliament that there is a public uprising taking place in Mid Wales to fight the largest wind farm plans ever proposed in England and Wales.
Mr Davies, who underwent a major back operation less than two weeks ago and hobbled in on crutches, gave an impassioned address to open a 90-minute debate in the Westminster Hall in the presence of Energy Minister Charles Hendry.
Mr Davies (right) told fellow MPs that there was an “uprising of anger and protest, the likes of which I have never seen” and said that “not even the enemies of Britain over the centuries have brought such destruction” to the Montgomeryshire countryside.
A visibly angry Mr Davies made way to MP interventions on four occasions during his address and pointed out that the shire’s £360 million annual tourist industry which fuels 6,300 jobs is seriously under threat.
“The consequence of this proposal would be to totally destroy the place we love by industrialising the uplands with wind turbines and desecrating our valleys with hideous cables and pylons,” he said.
“The sheer scale and horror of this development is scarcely believable. The beauty of the landscape of Mid Wales is going to be sacrificed at the altar of a false God.”
Mr Davies, who has issued a rallying call for the people of Mid Wales to march on the Welsh Assembly Government in Cardiff, accused the power giants of trying to turn local communities against each other but said the local population has not been fooled.
“If these proposals go through, those people responsible will never be forgiven by the people of Montgomeryshire,” he said.
In his address, the Minister admitted that the “democratic deficit” must be addressed by revealing that a review will be undertaken that looks at the location of proposed wind farms in relation to National Grid hubs.
“We have to protect communities from unacceptable developments and review the issues that often cause concern to local communities,” said Mr Hendry, who added that a review of Tan 8 is an issue for the Welsh Assembly Government.
Mr Davies said afterwards: “Today was only the first salvo in this war.”
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