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MP Francis joins wind farm battlers

Glyncorrwg residents campaigning against a plan to build one of Britain’s tallest wind farms at Corrwg Fechan have received the backing of Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis.

The plans proposed by Cardiff-based company Eco2 would see the erection of four 410ft towers.

Campaigners against the wind farm, led by Glyncorrwg Action Group, are angry at how Eco2 announced its plan, claiming the first they heard was when they saw planning notices pinned to lampposts in the village. The group is now calling for further consultation with Eco2 and an exhibition detailing the new proposals.

GAP has already received the backing of Aberavon AM Dr Brian Gibbons, who has called on wind farm developers Eco2 and Gamesa to hold a referendum on wind farms in the Afan Valley.

Now their campaign has been boosted by the support of Dr Hywel Francis.

He said: “Many residents in Glyncorrwg are greatly concerned about the effect these 410ft turbines will have on their village and feel that Eco2 have not consulted them on their proposals as fully as they would like.

“Given the long-standing and well-documented opposition to plans for a wind farm at the Corrwg Fechan site, I urge Eco2 to keep Glyncorrwg residents fully informed of all developments, and to hold further consultation and an exhibition illustrating the new plans.”

Eco2 denies claims it failed to adequately consult villagers on the proposals.

In a statement released last week, the firm’s spokesman Scarlett Fish said: “Eco2 undertook a full public consultation on the proposed wind farm in January 2006.

“In April 2006, Eco2 informed GAG and other interested parties that it was reviewing the design, based on the observations at the meetings.

“In May 2007, Eco2 put considerable effort into appraising the environmental impact of the new, reduced project, and has offered to meet GAG and other interested parties to provide information on the proposal.”

Newspaper: Neath Port Talbot Guardian
Date: 14/06/07