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Wind turbine approved at second attempt

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windturbinesAN APPLICATION for a wind turbine was approved by eight votes to four at Tuesday’s (Oct 7) Planning and Rights of Way meeting. The turbine will be located on Mountain Park in Hayscastle and will be 21m to hub height and 27m to blade tip. The application came before the committee as the plans had been submitted under a different application in 2013. On that occasion the turbine was rejected as the visual impact assessment was considered inadequate by officers. The new application has not had any objection from the National Park Authority or from Hayscastle Community Council but there were 47 letters of objection.

Cllr Tom Richards said: “This application was with us in July 2013 and we’ve had considerable time to consider the matter. This turbine is to provide a power supply for the applicant’s farm. It is not considered that the landscape impact would change and the small scale of the turbine has also been emphasised.” Speaking on behalf of the objectors, Ray Simpson said: “Here we are again, how has this happened? This is an identical proposal at the same height and at the same location that was put to you in July 2013 and was rejected by you.

In his report to you at that meeting he says: ‘The turbine would be readily visible in the immediate vicinity for example, along the main country road between Hayscastle and Castle Morris and the adjoining country lanes.’ This area of countryside is particularly open in character and it’s overlooked by the Preseli Mountains some 10km to the north east.It is considered therefore that the turbine, by virtue of its location, siting and scale would not be compatible with the capacity and character of the area. It was considered that the turbine could have a detrimental, cumulative impact on the landscape when considered with others having regard to the open nature of the landscape and the proximity to the National Park.

As such the proposal would be contrary to the requirements of criteria 1 and 3 of policy GN 1.” He then went on to explain: “Finally the director of development wrote: ‘the proposal would result in an adverse impact on the immediate vicinity in an area that has limited capacity to accommodate large structures’.There are no conditions that could be imposed that would acceptably mitigate the harmful effects. The benefits of the scheme, in terms of renewable energy, do not outweigh the harmful impacts.So nothing has changed in the landscape since last year, since those comments were written. So it’s a bit difficult as an outsider to conclude that perhaps the planning authority is a bit more overbound by the number of appeals they are suffering.

There are 46 objections from local people to this proposal. The proposal would severely impact on our lives. The turbine would be directly in our sight line. The turbine would be visible for miles across the countryside, as far away as Roch. An industrial sized turbine of this scale would be completely out of character and as the council’s planning officer stated last year this landscape is incapable of absorbing the proposed turbine. Please, let’s do the right thing, let’s not spoil this piece of countryside, let’s refuse it.”

Cllr Brian Hall said: “This is 8 metres lower than our previous application this morning – that’s quite significantly lower. I think this application has met the concerns and if the National Park had objected it would be something for us to consider refusal. There were 76 objections last time, this time there are only 47 now. If we refuse this it is highly likely that this will go to appeal and I will move the recommendation for approval.” Cllr Keith Lewis added: “I spoke in support on the last occasion this came to us and this time there are no planning grounds for refusal. Size does have a considerable bearing but it does meet the criteria that are laid down.” Cllr Phil Baker asked: “What has changed in the last 12 months?” The Council’s presenting officer Kerry Jones added: “Last time it was supported by poor quality information. We have now got a proper extensive planning application that does allow us to make the judgement calls.” The turbine was passed by eight votes to four.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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