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Y Ddraig Goch

Welsh:
Mae'r Ddraig Goch wedi codi unwaith eto, gan fod rhai gwleidyddion Cymreig yn methu gweld beth sy'n digwydd i Gymru.

English:
The Red Dragon has risen once again because some Welsh politicians fail to see what is happening to Wales.

 Mynydd y Gwair developments - as and when they become known to SOCME !



June 2012
Sadly a new planning application, for 16 turbines on Mynydd y Gwair, looks set to be submitted to City and County of Swansea by RWE npower at some point later this summer.




March 2012
Judgement, which was reserved at the 14 February 2012 hearing at the Civil Appeals Office in Cardiff, has now been given:

http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/311.html&query=mynydd+and+y+and+gwair&method=boolean

The judgement upheld the decision to refuse planning permission for the 2008/1781 planning application.

Whilst SOCME welcomes the judgement, and is glad that protecting the peat habitat of Mynydd y Gwair has been recognised as a legitimate reason for refusing planning permission on this beautiful, ecologically important, and peaceful common, we remain concerned about the risk of future planning applications being submitted.




February 2012
The Welsh Assembly's appeal, C1/2011/2044, is due to be heard on 14 February 2012 at the Civil Appeals Office in Cardiff. The Civil Justice Centre is at 2 Park Street, Cardiff, CF10 1ET (by the Millennium Stadium). The hearing is listed for 11 am, in Court 15.




January 2012
The [2011] EWHC 1778 (Admin) judgement last year, for cases CO/2996/2011 and CO/2998/2011, determined that RWE Npower Renewables Ltd "planning appeal should be reconsidered. The application for permission to judicially review the rejection of the applications under section 147 of the Inclosure Act 1845 is refused."

The Welsh Assembly filed an appeal against the part of the [2011] EWHC 1778 (Admin) judgement that found that the planning appeal should be reconsidered. The case number of the appeal filed by the Welsh Assembly is: C1/2011/2044.

The Welsh Assembly's appeal, C1/2011/2044, is due to be heard on 14 February 2012 at the Civil Appeals Office in Cardiff. The Civil Justice Centre is at 2 Park Street, Cardiff, CF10 1ET (by the Millennium Stadium) and the telephone number is 0207 947 6000.




July 2011 (second update of the month)
Judgement has been made of the cases lodged for RWE Npower Renewables at the High Court, challenging the Welsh Assembly determinations earlier this year.

SOCME are considering the implications of the judgement.

The judgement can be accessed via: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2011/1778.html

Images reproduced with kind permission of Carl Ryan




July 2011
Objectors to wind turbines on Mynydd y Betws may be interested in the following planning application:

Planning application number: P2011/0522, Access track to Nant Melyn Farm off A474 Pontardawe Road Pontardawe, for formation of new vehicle access and track onto A474, improvements to existing farm track, temporary change of use of land for use as site construction compound with associated drainage, fencing and landscaping.

Full details available via:
https://planning.npt.gov.uk/detail.asp?AltRef=P2011/0522&ApplicationNumber=P2011%2F0522&AddressPrefix=&submit1=Go

Comments should be sent by 14 July 2011, either by post:
FAO: Rhodri Griffiths,
Development Control,
Planning Department,
Neath Port Talbot Council,
The Quays,
Brunel Way,
Baglan Energy Park,
SA11 2GG
or by email (marked for Rhodri Griffiths attention) to: planning@npt.gov.uk

Some notes on how to comment on a planning application are available here.




May 2011
Please consider attending the rally to be held outside the Welsh Assembly building, Cardiff, on Tuesday 24th May. The start time is 11:30am, meeting outside the Millenium Centre, Cardiff, with the event anticipated to run until 1pm. See: http://www.midwaleswind.co.uk/section498242.html for more details.




April 2011
RWE Npower Renewables Limited have initiated legal proceedings, seeking a judicial review, and under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.




March 2011
A separate planning application (2011/0201) for a wind monitoring mast on Mynydd y Gwair has not yet been withdrawn, or determined.

Letters of objection need to be sent to City and County of Swansea's Planning Services by Tuesday 22 March 2011.

A sample letter, with tick boxes, and space for any other comments you may have, is available here.




February 2011
SOCME are pleased to release the following Press Release.




July 2010 (third update of the month)

Updated timetable for Public Inquiry

The timetable has changed, partly owing to a one day adjournment in response to new information to be considered in case it proves material to the inquiry. Please read the updated timetable below. It may still be subject to further change if, for example, some sections take longer than expected to complete.

Week 1 - 20th - 23rd July
Day 1 - Tuesday 20th July 2010
Opening procedures and submissions from City and County of Swansea, SOCME and NPower
SOCME Chairman's opening submission and slideshow
The Gower Society
SOCME Local Resident Witness
SOCME Witnesses from local walking Clubs covering recreational use

Day 2 - Wednesday 21st July 2010
Adjournment to enable parties to read recent WAG publications and consultation document

Day 3 - Thursday 22nd July 2010
City and County of Swansea Witness covering Landscape and Visual

Day 4 - Friday 23rd July 2010
City and County of Swansea Witness covering energy policy
Site Visit

Week 2 - 27th to 30th July
Day 5 - Tuesday 27th July 2010
SOCME Witnesses covering Ecology & Hydrology
NPower submissions cross examined by SOCME Advocate

Day 6 - Wednesday 28th July 2010
SOCME Chairman and West Glamorgan Commoners Chairman's submissions covering
Agriculture and Effect on Commoners
NPower submission cross examined by SOCME Advocate

And then: Evening Session - To take place in Felindre Hall starting at 6.30pm
SOCME Witnesses - local commoners and residents

Day 7 - Thursday 29th July 2010
Local Councillor from Mawr
Swansea Civic Society
Betws Mountain Preservation Group
SOCME Witnesses covering Planning and other matters (including energy policy, archaeology, tourism and economics)
NPower submission cross examined by SOCME Advocate

Day 8 - Friday 30th July 2010
City and County of Swansea Planning Witness
SOCME Witness covering Landscape and Visual

Week 3 - 3rd August to 6th August
Day 9 - Tuesday 3rd August 2010
NPower submissions cross examined by SOCME Advocate

Day 10 to 12 - Wednesday 4th of August to Friday 6th August
Any further witnesses from Day 1 who requested to speak
Local Councillors from Pontardulais, Penllergaer etc.
Site Visits
Closing Submissions from Swansea Council, SOCME and NPower




July 2010 (second update of the month)

Timetable for Public Inquiry

The Public Inquiry runs from Tuesday to Friday each week from the 20th of July 2010, and starts at 9:30am each day. It is being held at The Dylan Thomas Centre, 1 Somerset Place, Swansea (After Sainsbury's, follow signs to Dylan Thomas Centre - Parking is pay and display behind).

Anyone can attend the inquiry, and anyone who wishes to speak at the inquiry and hasn't already requested to do so can make their request known by attending the Inquiry on the first day (20th July) when the Inquiry opens.

We respectfully ask if any of our loyal supporters could join us at the inquiry on any days possible (at any time during the day), ideally when SOCME witnesses are giving evidence.We look forward to seeing you at the Inquiry and let's hope we are successful.This timetable is as up to date from the latest news we have had, but could still change slightly.

Many thanks once again for your continued support.

Week 1 - 20th - 23rd July
Day 1 - Tuesday 20th July 2010
Opening procedures and submissions from City and County of Swansea, SOCME and NPower
SOCME Chairman's opening submission and slideshow
SOCME Witnesses from local walking Clubs covering recreational use

Day 2 - Wednesday 21st July 2010
SOCME Witnesses covering Landscape and Visual

Day 3 - Thursday 22nd July 2010
NPower submissions cross examined by SOCME Advocate

Day 4 - Friday 23rd July 2010
SOCME Witnesses covering Ecology & Hydrology

Week 2 - 27th to 30th July
Day 5 - Tuesday 27th July 2010
SOCME Chairman and West Glamorgan Commoners Chairman's submissions covering
Agriculture and Effect on Commoners

Day 6 - Wednesday 28th July 2010
SOCME witnesses covering Archaeology in the morning session in Swansea
And then:
Evening Session - To take place in Felindre Hall
SOCME witnesses - local commoners and residents

Day 7 - Thursday 29th July 2010
SOCME witnesses covering Planning and local issues (Including energy policy, tourism and economics)

Day 8 - Friday 30th July 2010
NPower and any further witnesses from Day 1 who requested to speak
Local Councillors from Pontardulais, Penllergaer etc..

Week 3 - 3rd August to 6th August
Day 9 - Tuesday 3rd August 2010
Closing Submissions from Swansea Council, SOCME and NPower

Day 10 to 12 - Wednesday 4th of August to Friday 6th August
Site Visits




July 2010
The long awaited Public Inquiry for the proposed Mynydd y Gwair 'wind farm' starts on Tuesday the 20thof July 2010.

An Inspector has been appointed by the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing to hold a Local Public Inquirystarting at10:00am on Tuesday the 20thof July 2010to consider an appeal by NPower Renewables Ltd.

The Inquiry is scheduled for 12 days and will take place at theDylan Thomas Centre, 1 Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR.

Anyone can attend the Inquiry, and anyone who wishes to speak at the Inquiry and hasn't already requested to do so can make their request known by attending the Inquiry on the first day (20thJuly) when the Inquiry opens.

We respectfully ask all of our supporters to join us at the Inquiry whenever possible throughout the duration of it. An evening session has been set aside for local witnesses to speak at, and this will take place in Felindre Village Hall. However we will only find out which day they have set aside for this on the first day of the Inquiry when the agenda is set out.Once we know this date, we will provide it here and will also put up notices in the village halls.Please keep a check on this website if you wish to attend the evening session.




May 2010
We've been told that the deadline for letters to be sent to the Planning Division (see April 2010 updates below) has been extended by an additional week.




April 2010 (second update of the month)
As mentioned in the earlier update this month, applications have been made concerning exchange land and fencing, in connection with the proposed wind turbines. There is an opportunity to object to these additional applications, the deadline for comment being 24 May 2010. Objections, addressed to "Dear Sir", and identifying which of the applications you are objecting to, should be sent to: The Decisions Branch, Planning Division, Welsh Assembly Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ, to arrive with the Planning Division on or before that date.

There are 5 of these applications in total, so far, 3 having been made under the Inclosure Act 1845 - Section 147 and 2 having been made under the Law of Property Act 1925 - Section 194. The Section 147 applications concern the parts of the common identified by reference numbers CL68, CL74 and CL77. A map can be found at:
http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/mediablob/en/408282/blowupData/65110/blob.jpg
The Section 194 applications concern the parts of the common identified by reference numbers CL74 and CL77.

SOCME would welcome objections being sent in to each of these applications. Irrespective of whether you have already objected to the original planning application (2008/1781), please consider objecting to these additional applications, which we believe, if granted, would negatively impact the graziers who rely on the common for their livelihoods and all those members of the public who use the common for recreation.

Some sample objection letters - 1 for each of these 5 additional applications - are provided below for your convenience. We hope those objecting will send 5 objections in total (i.e. an objection to each of these new applications). Please edit the sample letters provided if they do not reflect your specific concerns, or if you have additional comments you wish to make.

Letter objection to Section 194 - CL74 Editable WORD doc   PDF
Letter objection to Section 194 - CL77 Editable WORD doc   PDF
Letter objection to Section 147 - CL68 Editable WORD doc   PDF
Letter objection to Section 147 - CL74 Editable WORD doc   PDF
Letter objection to Section 147 - CL77 Editable WORD doc   PDF

Please take this further opportunity to voice your objections and help save the common for the benefit of all.




April 2010
Applications have been made under the Inclosure Act 1845 - Section 147 and Law of Property Act 1925 - Section 194, concerning exchange land and fencing, in connection with the proposed wind turbines. There is an opportunity to object to these additional applications, the deadline for comment being 24 May 2010. A further update will be posted, before the end of April, detailing in full how to object.




February 2010
DECC (the UK Government Department of Energy & Climate Change) have published a series of draft National Policy Statements (NPS) to guide the new Infrastructure Planning Commission which starts work next March.

The Draft NPS on renewables (EN-3) is worrying for those concerned by inappropriate wind developments in the UK. In particular:

  1. Green Belt areas appear to be given little protection
  2. Visual / landscape impact appears to be played down, along with the cumulative effects of a number of wind farms in an area
  3. Proximity to homes is not seen as a reason to turn down wind projects
  4. Building wind farms on peatland is not clearly discouraged.

There is a chance to comment on the draft NPS; the consultation period ends on 22 February 2010. Email responses, faxes and letters will be accepted up to that date. A response form is also provided, but there is no obligation to use it. See: https://www.energynpsconsultation.decc.gov.uk/home/contactus/for the relevant contact details.

The relevant section of the draft document EN-3 for those concerned about onshore wind is section 2.7. See: http://data.energynpsconsultation.decc.gov.uk/documents/npss/EN-3.pdf.

Those commenting in detail may want to refer to EN-1 as well, not least as part 4 of it is referenced within EN-3 2.7. See: http://data.energynpsconsultation.decc.gov.uk/documents/npss/EN-1.pdf.

Alternatively, simply state your concern that the draft policies do not provide adequate protection against inappropriate developments, mentioning the types of problems that would most concern you, such as negative visual / landscape impacts, damage to peatland, etc.




January 2010 (third update of the month)
We welcome the City and County of Swansea's resolution, supported by a massive majority of Councillors, on Thursday 21st January 2010, to OBJECT to the planning application 2008/1781, on multiple grounds.

For more details, please read the press statements we released on 19th and 22nd January 2010. We are grateful to Carl Ryan for providing the photograph that appears in the second of these press statements.

The media is covering this matter as it unfolds, with BBC Radio Wales, Swansea Sound and the Welsh Country magazine amongst those seeking interviews this week. Likewise, supporters may have noticed articles in the South Wales Evening Post and the Western Mail.

We await the applicant's response to this latest development with interest. Presently we are still expecting a public inquiry to begin in Swansea on 20th July 2010, and hence urge all those who wish to send new objections to the Planning Inspectorate Wales to do so by 2nd February 2010.

The address is: Planning Inspectorate, Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ. The public notice requests that, when writing to the Inspector, you send 3 copies of your comments, and that your letter should mention it is with reference to Appeal A09/2114013. Please see the first update of this month (below) for further information.

SOCME is grateful for all the support received to date, and hopes that supporters will continue their good efforts as the campaign to save the common continues over the coming months.




January 2010 (second update of the month)
The planning meeting to decide whether Swansea Council will oppose the development is to take place on Thursday 21st January 2010 at 2pm at the Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea.

We are asking people to come along to the public gallery to support us on the day. For those not wishing to drive into Swansea, the Mawr Community Council have kindly laid on minibuses to take people into Swansea. The buses will leave from the Village Hall in Felindre at noon. We hope to gather outside the Civic Centre at approximately 1pm.

Those wishing to read the report provided to the Councillors by the Council's Planning Office in advance of the meeting can find it here (Item 5 in the Agenda pack).




January 2010
Happy New Year / Blwyddyn Newydd Dda !

There are two sections to this update: the first concerns the appeal lodged by the applicant, the second concerns Swansea Council voting on the planning application.

  1. Comments can be sent to the Planning Inspectorate Wales until 2 February 2010. Readers of the South Wales Evening Post may have spotted a public notice published on 14 December 2009, which announced the appeal lodged by the planning applicant. It includes details of how to comment to the Planning Inspectorate Wales (NB by 2 February 2010).

    In addition, if you sent an objection to Swansea Planning, about planning application 2008/1781, you will have received a letter from them, letting you know that the appeal A09/2114013 has been lodged. A form will have been enclosed with the letter, on which comments may be made direct to the Planning Inspectorate Wales.

    Completed forms need to reach the Planning Inspectorate Wales by Tuesday 2 February 2010. The address is at the top of page 1 of the two page form. A copy of the form can be found here.

    We've had clarification from Swansea Planning that the form is intended primarily for NEW comments (i.e. in addition to points you may have made already in objection letters to Swansea Planning). We urge those who have already objected to consider whether there is anything else they would like to add to their existing objections, and to complete and send in the form to the Planning Inspectorate Wales before 2 February.

    There are several good reasons why objectors may wish to make additional comments. For example, the Welsh Assembly's technical advice note 5 (TAN 5), was not published until 2009, and may not have been available to objectors when they originally wrote to Swansea Planning. All Technical Advice Notes are intended to be read in conjunction with Planning Policy Wales. TAN 5 will be of particular interest to those objectors who have concerns about negative impacts that the development would have on the environment and wildlife, as it is concerned with Nature Conservation and Planning. A copy of TAN 5 can be found here.

    Those wishing to make comments direct to the Planning Inspectorate Wales might also wish to consult the template objection form provided in the October 2008 update (see below), as it details some of the many grounds that people have told us are among the reasons why they object to the proposals.

    If you wish to send us a copy of any further objections you send to the Planning Inspectorate Wales, you can email us.

  2. Swansea Council's upcoming vote on the planning application.
In view of the recent cold weather, a further update will be postedafter the 15 January, to confirm whether the planning application is still expected to be on the agenda for consideration by Swansea Councillors on Thursday 21 January.

Mawr Community Council have kindly offered assistance with transport, to enable concerned members of the local community to attend the meeting in the public gallery. It is likely that minibuses will be provided on the day from the hall in Felindre. Details will be posted at the hall, and in an update here, once confirmation of the date of the meeting is possible.




December 2009
The latest we have heard is that Swansea Council is likely to make their resolution (see November 2009 update below) at a meeting on Thursday 21 January 2010.

This date does depend though on site visits occurring before then, and the weather could affect when site visits can happen. Accordingly, we'll post a further update in the New Year to confirm matters.

Another date that our supporters might want to pencil into their diaries is Tuesday 20 July 2010, as the Planning Inspectorate's public inquiry is scheduled to start then. The inquiry is likely to last more than a week.

In the meantime, SOCME wishes you and your families Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




November 2009
A report drafted by Swansea Planning, concerning the planning application, is to be considered by Swansea Council. A resolution will be made by Swansea Council, detailing what the Council would have determined (i.e. if an appeal had not been filed with the Planning Inspectorate Wales by the planning applicant).

The resolution made by Swansea Council will form an important part of the information to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate Wales. Accordingly, SOCME would ask our supporters to come along, on the day that the resolution is being made, to attend in the public gallery at Swansea's Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN.

We propose to post the date, when the resolution is to be made, as soon as we are made aware of it. It appears unlikely to be 12 November, the date Swansea Council hoped to make a determination, but is likely to happen before the end of this year, so please check this page regularly for further updates.




October 2009
The South Wales Evening Post announced in an article on page 3 of their 2 October 2009 edition that RWE npower renewables were submitting an appeal that day to the Planning Inspectorate Wales, apparently on the grounds that Swansea Council have not yet determined the planning application submitted last year.

The article confirms what we understood; namely that determination by Swansea Council was due to happen next month. Accordingly SOCME deplores this blatant attempt to undermine local democracy.

We will post further updates, clarifying what this latest move by the developer means for the campaign to save the common, in due course.

In the meantime, please send letters to postbox@swwmedia.co.uk if you concur with SOCME that RWE npower renewables's stated intent to lodge such an appeal is an affront to the public, especially since Swansea Planning will have expended significant time and effort during their preparation of a report for Swansea Councillors determination next month.




September 2009
We've been told that it's possible that the determination date for the planning application (2008/1781) may fall on Thursday, 12 November 2009. Once the date has been definitely confirmed to us, we'll post a further update.

In the meantime, please could supporters that have asked us to keep in touch, especially by email, check that we have their most recent contact details. If you need to inform us of a change in your contact details, please email us.

Currently Swansea Planning are still accepting objections, but it would assist them if any new objections can be kept short and to the point.


SOCME welcomes the ministerial statement made this month by Alun Ffred Jones AM, Minister for Heritage, in association with CADW.

We are pleased at his recognition of the value of historic environments, including commons. He states that "Our historic environment shows how people have shaped our local landscapes over millennia in ways that have produced their local character. We need to help people appreciate the historic environment and 'read the landscape' - not just the obvious elements such as castles and chapels, but also the pattern of quarries, ancient trackways, field systems and cairns. The rewards are not simply personal satisfaction for individuals. The historic environment creates our 'sense of place' and therefore our sense of shared belonging and of roots", "The Welsh language and Welsh culture are irrefutably bound to the historic environment of Wales", and "The character of the historic environment contributes to our sense of place and cultural identity. It enhances our quality of life and adds to regional and local distinctiveness. It is one of our most important social assets, linking people with places and forging community identity and cohesion. It is a major economic asset that makes a powerful contribution to tourism and to the country's attractiveness to investors."

In addition, he states that: "Conserving and protecting our historic environment has to be the starting point", that "...any strategy for the historic environment cannot focus narrowly on conserving a small number of select monuments, fenced off and set apart" and that "the historic environment is a fragile resource. Once elements have been lost they can seldom be recovered".

The article "Heritage Minister sets direction to better tell the story of Wales 21/09/2009" and links to related documents can be found at: http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/default.asp?id=21&NewsId=279.




July 2009
On the 9 July 2009, Swansea's Planning Committee met and the planningapplication (2008/1781) was initially discussed. No determination hasyet been made, and several things need to happen before it will bemade. We propose to post the determination date as soon as we are madeaware of it, and would ask our supporters to come along on the day toSwansea's Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN, to attendin the public gallery.

SOCME has continued to be active throughout this year gatheringcross-party support opposing the planning application. We havecommunicated the concerns raised with us by writing to all the SwanseaCommunity Councillors and Swansea County Councillors, and have hostedmany high profile visits on Mynydd y Gwair, some of which wereattended by members of the press. In addition, we have regularlycollected signatures on petitions against the proposals, includingseveral weekends at the Lliw Reservoirs, where even people who wouldusually support wind power were horrified at the proposals and theenvironmental damage they would cause. As regards the planningapplication, expert consultants from a wide range of fields wereengaged by SOCME and their professional findings were submitted toSwansea Planning, and we would like to thank, once again, all thosewho have, and continue, to support SOCME, for making such actionpossible.




April 2009
To see new images of the landscape we are trying to protect from inappropriate construction, please click here.


March 2009
Please continue to send in letters of objection to Swansea Planning. SOCME are not the only group who have been actively campaigning on this issue. Those in favour of the planning application have been collecting signatures in Swansea city centre and we are concerned that those who oppose the proposals should be made aware of this: if you don't write in to Swansea Planning your views can't be taken into account when the determination is made. Full details of how to object appear in our October 2008 update below.

For those who enjoy poetry, we have been sent a new contribution. Click here to read "Turbine Invasion" by Mike Clarke.




January 2009
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Happy New Year!

Have you sent an objection to the planning application (2008/1781) to Swansea Planning?

Have friends or relatives asked you whether it is too late for them to object?

Good news: you can still raise your objections with Swansea Planning, as a determination appears to be unlikely to happen before April 2009. Full details of how to object appear in our October 2008 update below.

We'd like to thank all those who have already raised objections with Swansea Planning. If you have not yet written to Swansea Planning to object, but want to help save beautiful Mynydd y Gwair, please add your voice to those who have already sent in an objection.



October 2008
This is an update on the original posting about the planning application that has been submitted to Swansea Planning by npower.

Objections should be sent to Swansea Planning as soon as possible. We have have had an indication from the case officer, David Owen, that although the original consultation deadline was 29 September 2008, letters sent after that date, but before the planning committee meets, may still be considered, so don't let anything put you off sending an objection in now. It's likely to be some weeks yet before the planning committee meets, not least as the matter is a complex one, but the sooner your objection reaches Swansea Planning the more chance there is that your material concerns will be taken into account.

The details that need to appear in your letter include:

1. Your name & address
2. The planning application number: 2008/1781
3. The site address: Mynydd y Gwair, Swansea
4. Your reasons for objection

Objections containing the above information should be emailed to: David.Owen@swansea.gov.uk or, alternatively, sent by post to:

David Owen
DC Case Officer (Planning)
Planning Services
The Environment Department
Civic Centre
Oystermouth Road
Swansea
SA1 3SN

A template letter, based on the objections many people have raised concerns about with SOCME, can be found here:
Template objection form.
It would assist us if you email socme.org@googlemail.com to let us know when you have submitted an objection by post, so that we have some idea of the numbers of people sending in objections.



October 2008
Jan Moseley's daughter, Clare, would like to thank all those who attended the events on 28 September to remember her mother, or who sent messages of support. Some photographs from the memorial gathering on the mountain can be found here.

September 2008
The latest SOCME newsletter can be found below. Details of Jan Moseley's memorial gatherings are included in it, along with the latest news about the planning application.
SOCME News - September 2008 (PDF)
SOCME News - September 2008 (Page 1 - JPEG)
SOCME News - September 2008 (Page 2 - JPEG)
SOCME News - September 2008 (Page 3 - JPEG)
SOCME News - September 2008 (Page 4 - JPEG)


August 2008
There is now a Facebook Group: "Say NO to the Mynydd-y-Gwair Wind Farm"
Say NO to the Mynydd-y-Gwair Wind Farm Facebook group


July 2008
SOCME Leaflet
Who are SOCME - July 2008 (PDF)
Who are SOCME - July 2008 (Page 1 - JPEG)
Who are SOCME - July 2008 (Page 2 - JPEG)



July 2008
Npower announce revised plans to build on the mountain
link to npower's revised plans as announced in their newsletter of July 2008



Forthcoming event
Keep Sunday 28 September 2008 free
A memorial gathering and twmpath will be held on 28 September to remember SOCME supporter Jan Moseley. Details will be circulated nearer the time, or, alternatively, please contact her daughter for more information email Clare



7th December 2005
SOCME Press Release
Commoners Vote on Wind Farm   (PRESS RELEASE - .JPG file format 109 Kb)
Copyright © SOCME 07/12/05



22nd November 2004
West Glamorganshire Commoners meeting.

This information was provided by an agent from the Somerset Trust who was in attendance at the West Glamorgan Commoners meeting.

The original Mynydd y Gwair common land area has been expanded now to cover the whole of Mynydd y Gwair and the upland plateau. The original plan was for 23 wind turbines but the Somerset Trust now states that there will be no more than 50 turbines installed of a maximum of 92 metres (301.83 feet) to the tip of the blades.

Planning will be applied for in April/May 2005.

Access to the site will be from junction 46 on the M4 motorway.

Detailed maps of the proposed wind turbines installation will be available from January 2005 and 'npower' will be holding public exhibitions from January 2005.

Environmental Studies have been conducted and reports sent to the DTI; the City & County of Swansea; CCW and CADW

DTI is the Department of Trade and Industry
CCW is the Countryside Council for Wales who advises the Government, the National Assembly for Wales, Local Authorities and others on sustaining the natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment. CCW is the national wildlife conservation authority.
CADW is the historic environment agency within the Welsh Assembly Government with responsibility for protecting, conserving, and promoting an appreciation of the historic environment of Wales.


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