Have Your Say: Development is 'too big'
I AM very concerned about the proposed wind turbine development on Mynydd March Hywel (Rhos, near Pontardawe)
I am not opposed to wind energy in principle but I do object to the size and scale of the proposed development which I feel will have a hugely detrimental effect on the landscape and on tourism businesses like mine which rely on marketing the unspoilt character of that landscape.
These developments, which incorporate such massive machinery, are nothing less than the reindustrialisation of large areas of South Wales. However, unlike the industrialisation of previous centuries, there is no compensatory economic spin-off for local communities.There are no long term jobs created, house prices go down and businesses like mine, which create real growth in local communities, are damaged or destroyed.
Community benefit funds are of little compensation.
I am not an activist or a specialist in this field, I have simply lived in Pontardawe for 23 years, have set up and run three successful small businesses, employed local people, renovated derelict houses and let them to local people and I have ploughed every penny I've made back into the local economy, but I fear that the reckless and greedy approach to energy development is going to destroy everything that my wife and I have worked so hard to achieve.