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Embrace winds of change: AM

Carwyn Jones AM says he would rather live next to wind turbines than a busy road - because it is far less noisy.

Mr Jones, Assembly Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside, made the comments in an interview for 'Wales This Week', to be broadcast on ITV1 Wales next Monday at 8pm.

And he urged Gazette readers to test the difference for themselves by standing under a wind turbine, adding:"I live on a busy road and there is much more noise and a lot more mess.

"The only issue is a visual one. But people musn't expect their lives to never change."

The Bridgend AM said if we are to meet government targets of producing 10 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources, we have no option but to build wind farms.

Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Councils are currently dealing with four planning applications to build wind farms in the Glynogwr and Gilfach Goch areas.

If planning permission is granted for all four, Gilfach Goch will be completely surrounded by wind turbines.

George Jury, aged 71, of New Blandy Terrace, Gilfach Goch, said:"We have already suffered from coal mining, with dust and pollution.

"The problem arose when one application became two then four and I feel Gilfach is being exploited again."

Others fear if the developments go ahead it will destroy the landscape and could have a detrimental affect on house prices.

But Mr Jones AM said:"We are talking about house prices here, but people's houses are under water in the Carteret Islands because of global warming.

"From a Government point of view we need to show we are doing our bit and there will be sacrifices."

'Wales this week' can be seen on ITV1 Wales this Monday at 8pm.

A walk organised by protest group South Wales Alternative To Turbines (SWATT) takes place on Sunday. It leaves at 9.30am from the Tylers Arms in Pontrhydycyff. Previous walks have attracted crowds of 200.

Newspaper: Glamorgan Gazette
Date: 08/02/07