Member of Parliament calls for 2km setbacks (United Kingdom)

Jul 23, 2010

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Calls for Alltwalis Wind Farm to be shut down

… from the website of Jonathan Edwards, Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

July 7, 2010

A local Assembly Member has called for Alltwalis wind farm to be shut after the company behind it, Statkraft, refused to take responsibility for the distress caused to families in the surrounding area as a result of noise and flicker problems. Rhodri Glyn Thomas, Assembly Member (AM), has contacted the Director of Statkraft Wind making clear his anger at the inaction of the organisation at dealing with complaints. Mr. Thomas AM has also written to the chief executive of Carmarthenshire County Council requesting that they implement enforcement powers to shut down the site until these matters are resolved.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“I am totally outraged that genuine concerns that have been brought to the attention of Statkraft have been ignored and the company are refusing to take responsibility for the distress they are causing my constituents. I have made it clear to the Director of Statkraft that I am very angry about their position and I will not accept a situation where nothing will be done. I have recently spoken to a constituent who informs me that she made complaint about the noise and flicker levels at night only to be informed that nothing can be done until the morning. This is totally at odds with Statkraft’s claims that the concerns are important to them.

“I have written to Carmarthenshire County Council urging them to use the powers available to them to shut down the wind farm until a point is reached when Statkraft resolve the problems that are being experienced as a result of noise and flicker issues. This situation simply can not continue.”

Jonathan Edwards, Member of Parliament (MP), added:

“It is for exactly this sort of reason that Rhodri and I have been campaigning for the establishment of a 2k buffer zone to be established for wind farm developments. We have had some productive discussions with the Council about it and we will be pursuing them with the government.”

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