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Saturday, 26 November 2016
AN URGENT APPEAL TO EVERYONE IN POWYS
DO YOU LOVE POWYS’S WILD HILLTOPS?
Well, the fight is on. Our Welsh Government has decided that Powys, the green heart of
, has a
new future. You thought you lived in a beautiful rural area? Not if Wales gets its way. We can look forward to
living in an industrial zone so that our politicians can feel good about their
green credentials. Cardiff Bay
Take a last look at our historic landscapes, at the wide views, barely changed for thousands of years. It’s goodbye to Abergwesyn Common, goodbye the Begwns, goodbye Pant-y-Llin Hill, Merthyr Cynog, Drum Ddu, the hills around Llandegley and Abbey-cwm-hir, Hirnant... Designated now as ‘Local Search Areas’ for wind development. Not angry yet? Well, that’s not all, whole sweeps of hills are also to be given over to solar ‘parks’, and solar Local Search Areas reach from one side of the county to the other below Newtown. Nantmel, Llanbister, Aberedw will be encircled, huge swathes of hillside to the north of Brecon will glitter with hundreds of acres of industrial scale solar panels... And once these areas are designated for electricity generation be sure it will come - do you think Powys Council will vigorously protect your interests when the developers move in? Are they fighting this now?
So, welcome to the brave new world where the sound of birds is replaced by the thunk of turbines, our quiet roads widened and straightened to take convoys of abnormal load lorries, tracks across our peat hilltops, turbines to within 500 metres of our front doors, marches of pylons. Goodbye too to our beleaguered wildlife, to our clean waters, our quiet communities… really to just about everything which makes Powys a place in which people wish to live. While the rest of the world is waking up fast to the futility and pointless duplicated expense of placing intermittent energy sources on the grid, to the real harms caused to people, wildlife and the environment by these technologies, our government clings stubbornly to outworn ideas, as it clings too to the myth that these technologies genuinely reduce carbon emissions.
If the idea alone weren’t bad enough, the execution is a travesty of democratic processes. Impacts of this policy, only introduced in the current iteration of the Local Development Plan, have not been considered. We have not been consulted about this radical proposal, which will change the county for ever, at earlier stages in the convoluted saga of the evolution of our LDP, but we can and we must make our voices heard now. Before it really is too late.
What we are asking YOU to do
Respond to the Consultation either by letter or via the internet:
o Letter. Quote the “Renewable Energy policy RE1, and Local Search Areas” and include reference FFC79
and post to: Powys LDP Team, Planning Policy,
Gwalia, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
o Internet. Use the “October 2016 Further Focussed Changes form” (link on our website): To have your say
on the Authority’s Renewable Energy policy RE1, including the LSAs, quote FFC79 in
box 3b and then just
‘go for it’ in
Completed objections can either be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Brecon and Radnor CPRW website http://www.brecon-and-radnor-cprw.wales/?page_id=283 for more
information, links to documents and for briefing notes to help you with responses
Write to your Local Councillors, especially your
Write to your Assembly Member
Send this to other Powys residents.
YOUR RESPONSE MUST BE IN BEFORE CONSULTATION CLOSES AT 5.00PM ON 21ST NOVEMBER.
Thank you for your help,
Peter Seaman MBE, Chair, Brecon & Radnor Branch, Campaign for the Protection of Rural
Registered charity number 239899
Campaign for the Protection of Rural
Brecon & Radnor Branch
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