Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Written Evidence

Written Evidence from Denise Idris Jones AM, Conwy Constituency

  I represent the Constituency of Conwy.

  The area in and around Llandudno is a high-density tourism location. Over one-fifth of all the tourism spend in North Wales is spent in this location.

  The Gwynt y Mor scheme, sponsored by npower, envisages the erection of approximately 240 wind turbines in the sea off Llandudno. They are located, at the nearest point, eight miles off-shore.

  These turbines will be 541 feet tall from sea level to the tip of the blade at its highest point. In normal atmospheric conditions, they will be visible from shore across the horizon.

  Local environmental groups have held meetings in protest at the erection of these turbines. They assert that the present uninterrupted sea view will be spoiled and that tourism will be affected. Many owners of hotels and guest-houses have added their voices of protest and concern.

  Whilst supporting the Government's plans for power from sustainable sources, I would urge that large-scale plans such as the Gwynt y Mor scheme, which impinge on the beauty of our land and seascape, should be looked at again and replaced with schemes which do not impinge so drastically on our natural environment.

September 2005

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