No cost to taxpayer for turbine escorts
THE taxpayer will not be asked to foot the bill for police escorts in transporting wind turbines up the Swansea Valley, an Assembly Member has said.
Regional AM Suzy Davies says she has received assurances that taxpayers will not be footing the bill for the police escorting the wind turbines being taken to the site of the Mynydd y Betws wind farm above Pontardawe.
Mrs Davies, who wrote to South Wales Police over the matter, said: "It is important that the cost of policing these very difficult loads does not fall upon the council taxpayers of South Wales, who fund policing through the precept.
"I am glad that the cost will fall back upon the developer via the haulage contractor and that is only right and proper. This is a commercial venture.
"I am also pleased that it has gone so well so far. I know many residents were filled with apprehension about possible damage being done by these large loads, but I think that the way in which the police have marshalled the loads has gone a long way to alleviating these concerns."