The latest chapter in this eco-craze comes from Colwyn Bay, where a local resident has started harping on about the environment as he attempts to stop the erection of wind turbines ‘in his garden’.
Local press claim Bryn Y Gwynt Ltd plan to build two wind turbines, each the height of New York’s Statue of Liberty, at Glyn Farm to generate clean electricity and save hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
But worried local residents, ignoring the ecological benefits of the scheme, say they are ‘horrified’ by the proposals and fear the project could have ‘major ramifications on the environment’.
Tegwyn Hughes, 75, who lives just outside Llanelian, said: “The two wind farms will be
built right in my front garden. I’ve been here for 45 years, I renovated the house, and now in my old age I’ve got this to contend with. We’ll be looking right at it, these things will ruin the area.
“The highest trees in the area are about 25-30 ft high, so they will be dwarfing them.
“I was horrified and shocked, I don’t want to have to put up with this. I’m really worried that once they’ve put the cabling in place, it’ll only be a matter of time before they have 20 in the field. They won’t be happy with just two.”
The proposed wind turbines will be 46 metres tall – the same height as the famous Statue of Liberty in New York City.
A spokeswoman for the Welsh Government said on the issue: “We have noticed a growing number of residents living in the vicinity of proposed wind farms sites becoming more and more environmentally conscious about the impact these developments can have on the countryside.
“The Welsh Government wants to make it clear – once and for all – that wind farms BENEFIT the environment because they produce clean electricity and save tonnes of carbon dioxide. So they’re a bit noisy, but if these residents are so environmentally
friendly they would understand that the scheme is for the greater good and accept it.
“Unfortunately these turbines have to be put somewhere, and inevitably it’s going to be on ‘somebody’s doorstep’. I mean where do you want us to put them, offshore?!”