Couple's turbine scheme pledge
A FIVE Roads couple have reassured people that plans to build a wind turbine will benefit the village — amid growing concerns from residents.
Around 100 people met at the village hall last week concerned about Judith and Seymour Merritt's plans to build a single 50kw wind turbine at Ty Mawr Farm.
But Mrs Merritt, who has lived in the area for 30 years, insisted the plans were for a small scale turbine, which would be "barely visible" — adding that it would bring money to the area.
The 56-year-old said: "We really believe that renewable energy in the area is not being fully taken advantage of."
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Local councillor Jim Jones, who was asked to chair the community meeting alongside Carol Rees, said every resident in attendance was against the plans.
"I was shocked by the level of concern, but after the meeting and being told where the people lived in proximity to the wind turbine, I could see their point," the county councillor said.
"The residents in Five Roads, Cynheidre and Horeb were concerned that they would be looking at it all day and every day.
"They brought up every concern from health issues and noise to the environment," he said.
Mrs Merritt said she could understand residents' views, but insisted she would not do anything to harm the community she called home.
"I have lived here for 30 years and my son was brought up here," she said.
"The community has not been really aware of what the wind turbine is going to look like, and probably think it will be a massive one, and understandably they will have concerns.
"But the chances are that nobody will see it because it is such a small-scale thing."