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31/01/06 Press Release

Tuesday, 31 January 2006

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Aberavon MP backs Glyncorrwg residents in wind farm battle

Aberavon Labour MP, Dr Hywel Francis has thrown his support behind the campaign to oppose the building of a wind farm on Corrwg Fechan Mountain in Glyncorrwg.

Commenting on the controversial proposal put forward by Eco2, Dr Francis said,

"A great deal of long term investment has gone into Glyncorrwg to regenerate the village and attract more tourists to the area. Recent developments such as the Mountain Bike Center there will be under threat if the plan to build a wind farm got the go ahead."

"The Afan Valley has some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales. The last thing that we want to do is industrialise it and do irreparable damage to the local environment and economy."

"It is clear that new and renewable sources of energy are needed."

Dr Francis also sounded a warning on the possible implication of such a scheme gaining planning permission.

"The Welsh Assembly Government policy on wind farms proposes that over a third of all wind farms could be built in Neath Port Talbot. The plan contained in TAN8 could mean that an area stretching from Glyncorrwg, across the Afan Valley and Afan Forest Park into Rhondda Cynon Taff, and along the mountains above Port Talbot towards Mynydd Margam and into Bridgend, will be covered with wind turbines in the next few years."

"Port Talbot is already shouldering the burden of enough heavy industry as it is. You have to draw the line somewhere. I firmly believe that the plans put forward in TAN8 are a step too far."


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