Visit Wales Now
Visit Wales and see some dramatic changes to the landscape
will be a welcome in the hillsides
There will be hundreds of wind turbines welcoming you as you travel through the Welsh hill country.
travelling through the Welsh hill country are probably already familiar with the
sight and sound of wind turbines. But the Welsh Assembly is actively encouraging
and facilitating the development of many more, and much larger, wind farms in
the uplands and coastal regions of Wales.
of Wales most precious landscapes are being earmarked for wind farm development.
So if you are planning to travel to Wales to enjoy its spectacular
scenery and its peace and quiet, be prepared to see and hear some startling
turbine tower sections through Wales to a wind farm construction site.
As you travel along the picturesque roads of Wales you may find you have pull over to make way for large convoys carrying component parts to wind farm sites. Take advantage of this break in your journey to enjoy the panoramic views while you still can: they are about to be sacrificed to industrial development.
Latest news March 2009: Road chaos fears over wind farms.
Building work on more
wind turbines in rural
A Powys council study obtained by Conservation of Upland Powys activists says narrow roads and bridges will have difficulty handling trucks needed to carry the huge structures. The group obtained the draft 86-page Powys council report in a Freedom of Information Act request.Over 450 turbines may be built in Powys and Ceredigion alone in coming years. Powys council and the Welsh Assembly Government said they were looking at how to tackle the problem.
The study, by consultants Capita Symonds, highlighted the logistical problems of transporting a new generation of larger and more powerful turbines to the uplands of Powys, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
The operation is said to require bespoke lorries measuring 55m in length, 5m in width and weighing nearly 130 tonnes, travelling through Wales five days a week for five years and making more than 3,000 journeys.
lorry, on its way to Cefn Croes, is only about 30m long. Imagine one
nearly twice as long!
is this happening?
Welsh Assembly, in its latest planning policy statement on renewable energy*,
has declared its ambition to become ‘a global showcase for clean energy by
2010.’ To achieve this goal, the Assembly has set some ambitious targets for
renewable energy production and has ‘…concluded that onshore wind will be
the main large-scale technology capable of achieving our 2010 target'. So you
can expect to see many hundreds of enormous wind machines appearing in the Welsh
* Technical Advice Note 8: Planning for Renewable Energy, published by the Welsh Assembly, July 2005.
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