Written Evidence from Richard Wilson,
Cambrian Mountains Society
I am writing on behalf of the Cambrian Mountains
Society, a charity whose objects are:
1. To promote, for the benefit of local
communities, and of the wider public, measures which will sustain
or enhance the landscape, natural beauty, biodiversity, archaeology,
scientific interest, and cultural heritage of the Cambrian Mountains.
2. To promote awareness, knowledge and understanding
of the Cambrian Mountains.
A major current concern of the society is the
threat posed by major wind energy developments to the landscape,
natural beauty, biodiversity, and scientific interest of the Cambrian
Mountains. We also believe such developments to be damaging to
the interests of the communities of the Cambrian Mountains, whose
future viability will be increasingly dependent on those qualities
of their environment which we seek to sustain and enhance.
We deplore the designation by the Welsh Assembly
Government in its Technical Advice Note 8 of the Nant-y-moch Strategic
Search Area, and shall oppose any major wind energy development
arising therefrom, as we shall any other proposal which we believe
threatens the integrity of the Cambrian Mountains.
We urge the Committee to discourage major windfarm
developments in the Cambrian Mountains, and to promote a renewable
energy strategy which does not involve the blighting of one Wales'
finest landscape assets.
1 December 2005