500 sign wind turbine petition

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More than 500 people have signed a petition opposing a proposed wind turbine on one of the highest ridges of land in south Pembrokeshire.

As the Western Telegraph reported last month, residents of Llanteg fear they could end up living amidst a ‘wind farm by stealth’ if this latest plan – for a 45 metre structure in Crosslands Road – is given the go-ahead.

It the turbine is allowed, it would be the fourth within a quarter-of-a-mile radius.

The plan is due to go before Pembrokeshire County Council's planning and rights of way committee at a later date, and the petition has now been handed in to the authority by Councillor Dilys Jenkinson, of Amroth Community Council, and Mary Sinclair, who chairs the Pembrokeshire branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW).

Mrs Sinclair said: “Residents are concerned that the local planning authority gives little or no weight to the adverse consequences of locating wind turbines so close to residents, in positions where they damage their amenity and homes, their businesses and existing employment.”

Two turbines are already currently operating in Crosslands Road, which is a short and narrow country lane, with complaints having been made to Pembrokeshire County Council about noise and shadow flicker from one of the structures.

Mrs Sinclair added: “The Pembrokeshire branch of CPRW asks anyone contemplating erecting a wind turbine within the settled lowlands - whether a private or community venture - to restrict the size to no more than 30m to blade tip, and to ensure that their scheme does not impact adversely on the employment prospects in the area, on specialist and sensitive businesses, on local residents or on recreational provision.

“We also ask that developers keep their proposal at a distance of at least 800 metres from the nearest house, to avoid the loss of neighbours’ amenity.”

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