Approval has been given for the building of a huge wind farm off of the coast at Llandudno. The 250 turbines of the Gwynt y Môr will make this wind farm one of the biggest in the world.
The Welsh assembly had requested that a public enquiry be held, not least beacause of the historic nature of Llandudno and the surrounding environment.
The Wind farm has been approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change without a public enquiry, however.
John Lawson-Reay, chairman of Save our Scenery, who campaigned against the wind farm, said he was “shattered” by the scheme’s go-ahead.
“Tourism is the only major industry in Wales basically,” he said.
“Llandudno is the queen of Welsh resorts, as has been often said, and we think and we believe and the views we get from visitors we speak to is that the scenery is the primary number one reason for people coming here.
“They want to get away from industrial areas.”
Gwynt y Môr is the latest wind farm to be approved off the north Wales coast.
North Hoyle, which has 30 turbines and Burbo, which has 25 turbines, are already up and running, while Rhyl Flats, with its 25 turbines, is into the latter half of its construction phase.
The Welsh assembly Government is now urging businesses to capitalise on the economic opportunities that will arise.
Should a public enquiry have been held? There has been a lot of local opposition, is this another example of the UK Government steam-rolling over the wishes of the people?