'No company will invest in Kidwelly due to nimbys'
THE manager of a company which hoped to construct a £100 million power station in Kidwelly claims nimbyism is harming future investment in the area.
Mark James, 45, of Glanafon, has hit out at businessman Robin Cammish's vision of a huge tourism industry in the valley, adding that "exaggerated" planning objections were creating a negative perception of the area for developers.
Mr James is manager of Bio E, which withdrew its plans for a power plant at the old Coedbach site last year after encountering fierce opposition spearheaded by Mr Cammish's campaign group.
He said: "I'm aware of the reputation the area is getting.
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"Developers' plans are being objected to and that is not healthy — jobs are jobs and there is no economic development.
"Small businesses are asking what is it going to take to get planning permission.
"The nimbyism (not in my back yard) is becoming slightly embarrassing. It is all a bit overzealous and crazy, and you won't get any company investing in the area."
Speaking of Mr Cammish's hopes for the future for the area, which he shared with Star readers last week, Mr James said: "Before I apply for planning permission, do I need to apply for Cammish permission?
"This vision of Mr Cammish is nimbyism in disguise.
"Tourism alone will not sustain this area and I'm sure not even the weight of Mr Cammish will bring Disneyland to the Gwendraeth Valley.
"I don't see any specifics as to what he actually does want. What will meet with his approval?"
The Welsh Government is undertaking a review of how planning applications and appeals for renewable energy projects are conducted, to which Bio E has contributed.
Mr James said: "The reforms to the planning process are long overdue, especially to prevent crusading, uninformed nimby organisations hijacking planning applications for perfectly reasonable projects that are also aligned with National Government Policies."
Mr Cammish declined to comment on Mr James's remarks.