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Celebrity wind farm protesters wanted

Aug 10 2004

Robin Turner, The Western Mail

 

ANTI-WIND FARM campaigners in Wales, buoyed by Prince Charles's condemnation of turbines as "horrendous blots of the landscape", are seeking a celebrity list of supporters.

The Prince of Wales has told senior aides he wants nothing to do with events which promote wind farms, it emerged at the weekend.

He has not entered the howling wind farm argument to date but a close friend of the Prince was quoted as saying, "He believes they are a horrendous blot on the landscape."

Much of the Prince's 126,000 acres of land in the Duchy of Cornwall would be suitable for commercial wind energy developers but he has told Clarence House officials "not to consider them".

Now, Save our Common Mountain Environment (Socme), the Swansea Valley based anti-wind farm group is aiming to draw up a list of well-known opponents of wind farms.

Already, Restoration presenter Griff Rhys Jones has come out against turbines because of their visual intrusion into the environment. And later this month, TV biologist David Bellamy will lead a march across hills at Mynydd y Gwair north of Swansea where there are plans for a huge turbine development.

Socme is now seeking the support of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bonnie Tyler. Tyler's home at Mumbles Road would be in the line of sight of the vast planned wind farm at Scarweather Sands off Porthcawl. And it could also be seen from Limeslade, Mumbles, where Catherine Zeta-Jones's parents Pat and Dai are developing a £2m family home.

Conservation groups says wind power is vital to meet the Government's target of achieving 10% of our energy needs through renewable sources by 2010.

Bryony Worthington a spokesman for Friends of the Earth criticised the Prince's remarks. She said, "It is a shame because this will weaken the Prince's green reputation."

The first British wind farm was built in Cornwall in 1991. There are now 89 in the UK with at least 16 more to be built over the next two years. Work has started on a 430ft turbine, the world's tallest, at Lowestoft, Suffolk, expected to generate electricity for 2,000 homes.

 
 

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