Glyncorrwg Action Glyncorrwg

Why must we be the ones to sacrifice?

I am prompted to write to you on the day an announcement is made of the massive expansion at Heathrow Airport.

I look out of my window on a clear morning and have counted up to seven passing aircraft crossing our skies at any one time.

It would be true to say there will always be signs of an aircraft, or vapour trails from passing aircraft in our skies due, to the fact that the South Wales valleys lie directly beneath the main flight path between Heathrow and New York.

It is these aircraft, and the prospect of an increase in the volume, which contributes to carbon emissions and global warming.

Yet it is our valleys that have to bear the solution - how fair is that?

Despite the growing protestations from those who have grave doubts about the efficacy of on-shore wind farms, Carwyn Jones tells us we must all make sacrifices.

This borough already has two power stations, 16 wind turbines, another two power stations are in the planning stage and a further 150 turbines are threatening our hilltops.

Sacrifice! Is Mr Jones having a laugh at us? Has any other borough in the UK been asked to sacrifice so much?

I wonder if Peter Hain, Carwen Jones and other champions of on-shore wind farms have considered suggesting to the airlines that in the interests of reducing the load of the aircraft and thereby, improving fuel efficiency, the contents of the toilets are discharged as they passover our valley.

Not only then would we be asked to swallow the rubbish fed us by some politicians and wind farm developers, we would also have to wear it!

The problem with this proposition is that if the developers and the Assembly get their way and build 38 per cent of all Welsh wind turbines in our valleys, then the chances of this falling excreta landing on a spinning rotor of a turbine would be very high.

The consequence will be that this material would be flung over a vast area, even affecting people living outside our valley. Some may even land in Cardiff Bay - now that would not be acceptable nor fair would it?

Carwyn Jones AM officially opened the 1m Mountain Bike Centre in Glyncorrwg and promised the Afan Valley an exciting new future in tourism.

Will he now retract this optimistic vision and acknowledge the truth - the future of the Afan Valley, in the shadow of 600ft wind turbines is indeed bleak.

Duffryn Street, Duffryn Rhondda, Port Talbot.

Date: 05/04/07