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Press Statement

Save Our Common Mountain Environment

Release Date: 19th July 2004

MASS PROTEST WALK AND ASSEMBLY OF ACTION GROUPS AGAINST INDUSTRIAL SIZED WIND POWER STATIONS.
THE WALK IS TO PENLLE'R CASTELL WHICH IS THE HIGHEST POINT ON MYNYDD-Y-GWAIR, LOCATED IN THE CITY & COUNTY OF SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES,
ON SATURDAY 28th AUGUST 2004.


Protest Walk Logo Save our Common Mountain Environment (SOCME) are organising a mass walk to the summit of Mynydd-y-Gwair to protest against the proposal to site industrial-sized wind turbines on the beautiful scenic landscapes that can be seen from Penlle'rcastell.

From there can be seen not only the Mynydd-y-Gwair Common, but also proposed sites for wind turbines at Mynydd Betws, Pontardulais, Tairgwaith (The Gwrhyd), Llansadwrn, Llanfynydd, Mynydd Drumau, Mynydd Margam, Scarweather Sands and North Devon in England.

Action Groups, protesting against wind turbine power stations in these areas are cordially invited to join us on the walk and to point out their areas from the summit. Members of other similar action groups and members of the public who would like to show their objection to the proposed enforced industrialisation are also most welcome to join the walk to draw attention to the plight of these and similar areas.

Hundreds of massive wind turbines are now envisaged for the uplands of Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) announcement in their July 2004 consultative draft Technical Advice Note 8 (TAN8) of a "minimum capacity" of 100 MW of onshore wind power for this one small area encompassing Pontardulais, Mynydd-y-Gwair, Betws Mountain and the Gwrhyd Mountain Tairgwaith, is but one of seven such allocated areas. The "minimum capacity" for the seven targeted areas being 1200MW.

Professor David Bellamy has very kindly agreed to lead the walk and give an address from the summit, and we will be joined by leading people opposing massive wind power development from other places in the UK.
We will be approaching Penlle'r Castell along the different roads and footpaths leading to the summit, to indicate the many points of the compass at which sites for these enormous wind turbines are proposed.

No vehicles can be taken onto or parked on the Common. Gathering points where cars can be left will be indicated later, and it is proposed to run buses to take people to within a reasonable walking distance of the summit, for a maximum of a 2 mile walk taking about 1 to 1.5 hours, arriving at the summit at about 3-00pm. People will need to plan to be at the gathering points by 12 noon to allow time for transportation, although buses will continue to run as needed. All ages are most welcome. Mynydd-y-Gwair is a grazing common with animals, so any dogs must be on a lead. You might like to bring your own picnic, including a drink. First Aid provision will be arranged, and the police informed. Insurance will not be taken out, and all people attending must understand that they do so at their own risk.

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The organisers of the SOCME Protest Walk have made available a vehicle tax disc sized logo which is downloadable. It would be appreciated if as many logos as possible could be downloaded by anti-wind power campaign groups, to be printed and displayed on protest groups members' vehicles, e.g. passenger side window.

During the interim period to the event, the object is to gain as much publicity as possible from all over the UK for the protest walk led by Professor David Bellamy

Download 2 Protest Walk Logos.
(File size = 64Kb)

For protesters who wish to participate in this walk, a sketch map of the area including Mynydd y Gwair (Hay Mountain) and Mynydd Betws (Betws Mountain) indicating numbered gathering points etc. can be downloaded from the link below.
Download sketch map of the Walk Area.
(File size = 122Kb)

The Ancient Heart of Wales is being broken - acre by magnificent acre.
Another mountain at Cefn Croes, mid Wales is presently being destroyed by misguided politicians and developers who use the futile excuse that wind turbines are needed in the name of global warming.
Click here to Witness the Destruction


Thank You.

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Welsh Assembly Government's Draft Technical Advice Note 8. (TAN8)
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