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  • "I am a great believer in Free Energy and to me that means that nobody pays for it, not the environment nor the people or the land, yet we are told that wind energy is the way forward its a Renewable Energy, which the government is seeking to promote to save our planet. The Labour government in the early part of this century commissioned one of the big five accountants in the city to do an appraisal on Wind Turbines, its conclusion was that it was not economically viable. What happened to the report?, it was no doubt buried along with the tons of concrete that is required for foundations of the turbines. And if it is not economically viable why is it that all these wind Turbines are being built, could it be the huge subsidy that they get for generating electricity, and where does this money come from, well surprise, surprise, it comes from us, the UK citizens.
    I say lets have Wind Power but do not give any subsidies, see how many are built then.
    And its not only wind power that gets it, its also the Feed In Tarrif on PV panels, another technology that is inefficient and costly. We only need to build decent homes that are energy efficient and affordable and then we can do away with the false economy."
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Turbine plans generate debate

A 65 METRE-HIGH wind turbine proposed for a farm in Amroth would be the largest in any national park in the UK if it is approved.

The size of the planned turbine at Trelessy Farm, Amroth, is one-third taller again than Nelson’s Column.

And one objector is suggesting that the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority could defer its decision on this application until Pembrokeshire County Council has completed its assessment of the cumulative impact of four proposals in another part of south east Pembrokeshire.

“Should the planning application for this turbine in the sensitive and spectacular coastal park be delayed until the results of this survey are known?” asked Theri Bailey, who believes that the plan could set a precedent for further large wind turbine developments within the National Park.

“Wales certainly needs to promote renewable energy, and I also believe that wind energy has an appropriate part to play, but developments must be sensitive to the local environment and scenery.

“Of the 7.2million visitors who come to the Park, I doubt many come to see wind turbines.”

As the Western Telegraph has reported, four planning applications for turbines outside the National Park area have recently been made to Pembrokeshire County Council. They include two 86.5 metre turbines near Ludchurch – which would be the highest in the county – being applied for by Princes Gate Spring Water to provide sustainable power for its new, state-of-the-art bottle-blowing plant.

Following a number of protests from individuals and groups, including the newly-formed Save Our Skyline (SOS) and the Pembrokeshire branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, the county council will now consider the results of the ‘cumulative impact’ study of several turbines within a small geographical area before the four plans go before committee

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