Coherent joined-up strategy?
10:30am Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Letters
I NOTE that a further small community, Caerfarchell in north Pembrokeshire, may follow Strumble Head and have overhead cabling buried to protect the ‘built’ environment within the National Park (Western Telegraph, February 6th).
Meanwhile the county council continues to allow the construction of industrial- scale wind turbines that are clearly visible from that same National Park. The large turbine at Panteg, for example, is close to the boundary of the park and can be viewed from the iconic beauty spot of Garn Fawr on the north coast as well as from the Coast Path itself between Trefin and Abercastle It also spoils the wonderful views from the south west flanks of the Preseli Mountains National Park, Plumstone Mountain, Great Treffgarne Rock and the conservation area of Mathry.
Turbines are very prominent, essentially vertical machines in the landscape.
They are tall, noisy, and glaringly white in colour which makes them even more intrusive on a sunny day. As they rotate they further distract observers from their enjoyment of the landscape and they are also visible for miles across the county.
However the cables which are to be buried at Caerfarchell and the poles on which they are mounted have a minor localised impact, are static and apart from some occasional low wind noise they do not disturb the tranquillity of the area.
With further turbines under consideration by our planners, including another one at Panteg, perhaps we need a coherent joined-up strategy for preserving the north Pembrokeshire landscape for future generations.