We did not identify the site at Marcheini; we acted only as consultants on the planning application and environmental statement. On this information, the Welsh Office called the scheme to public inquiry.
We are keen to see energy conservation, but there will always be the need for power generation. Everybody wants to be assured that they can boil their kettle or watch television. Power to do this could come from coal-fired power stations in the Trent Basin, nuclear power stations on the coast of Somerset, or wind farms in the Welsh hills. Each has its own environmental impact.
Visual intrusion is a subjective matter and we consider it a small price to pay for preventing the emission of gases that contribute to both global warming and acid rain. The latter, in fact, degrades many habitats in the Welsh uplands. The 37,000 people who visited Delabole wind farm in Cornwall over a period of just nine months were obviously keen to see the wind farm in action.
Mr Hart-Davis writes that:
even if 40,000 masts went up all over Britain, their output would be so small and unreliable that not a single conventional power station would close.
In fact, 40,000 turbines would provide an average generating capacity of 6,000 megawatts - the same total output as that of all our nuclear power installations, and almost double that of Europe's largest coal-fired plant.
One wonders how Mr Hart-Davis wishes to see a sustainable energy policy implemented, and what sort of a future he envisages for his children.
Environmental Projects Manager
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