It Is Time To March Into Our Mountains To Defend Our Heritage In The Landscape - Protesting Against Another 'Rape of the Fair Country'. Demonstrating Against Despoilation, Devastation And Destruction Of Our Countryside By Renewables Robber Barons -Windmill Masters And 'Turbine Terroriststs'. Patriots Arise And Forward March Along Freedom Roads In Protest Against The New Global Corporate 'Conquistadores' Who Would Make Of Our Land Their 'Green Imperialist Colony'.
Still Time To Make Your Protest Count, TTC go on till mid November, group campaign action called for last Week of Hydref - Are You Going To Join In with Banners, Placards and Flags from Swansea Docks to the Blessed Mountain of Mynydd y Betws and Sacred Hills of Bancbryn and Lletty'r Crydd Neolithic Cemetary? Your last chance to become a 'Stryvelander'.
Remember 1282 the Welsh of these parts did not take too long to begin a fight back to restore their land, took them 54 years but they got it back in 1334. Very much doubt if we will get any land back today with the fight shy Welsh Nationalists who are more likely to be collaborating in selling out their land than defending it, as so called 'Nationalist' Edwyn ap Harri of Y Rhondda but now of Merthyr Tudful who considers us fools for fighting for our country but which he considers us to be just ''Yodeling on wet Mountain Tops'' whilst this lazy 'Blackberry Boyo' spends day and night on fb not saying much of good cause and certainly not campaigning other than in his own self interest as a Crachach Camp Follower,ain't that right mush!However, there are some'Stryvelanders' out there thankfully ready to fight back not all are 'Easy Street Edwyns' or Cymru would be lost for sure!
See in background the first Turbine erected, we have named as Arthur 'Tudor' Richmond first English Prince of Wales as from 16th Century, in foreground the Mynydd y Betws 'Trig' we had adapted as a Battles Site Memorial, first plaque and 'Ysbryd Cofiwn Cross' was vandalized within a week of being set up. But since Sian has replaced the plaque, how long it will remain is any ones guess but if vandalized again it will be replaced again of that be sure.
That will be up to, who? in case of 'Stryveland' hardly any hope of the 'Nimbies' doing anything, they have long done a 'Runner'. I cannot do much, not that I am particularly up for the fight anymore other than when I return at end of October to place wreath at the 'Stryveland Cross' at Penllegaer to signify a particularly 'Welsh Nationalists' surrender of Stryveland to the Renewables Robber Barons. The 'ver few' of Patriots Against Windmills not included in this surrender for most part by so called 'Welsh Nationalists' with no conviction, let along commitment or courage. Whatever, if anyone out there is keen to continue the struggle to 'Save Stryveland' the last TTC looks as if it will be making the last run on the 22 Tachwedd 2012 or shortly there after, keep eye on the SISK Schedule:
29 Mar 2012 – Please add your voice by submitting news, images and articles. ... of awindfarm on the Mynydd Y Betws archaeological landscape are ... On the slopes of Bancbryn (forming part of Mynydd Y Betws) there is ... Why was no archaeological watching brief being conducted on 16 th January 2012 when a large ...
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This protest by Vian Lloyd (a retired engineer) reveals that turbines are constructed with poor materials, so as I have advised, will not last very long. The most beautiful parts of Wales, containing the last vestiges of langauge and culture, will be littered by rusting and useless wreckage. I strongly encourage maximum protest and opposition throughout Wales against all wind turbine development following the deep split that developed yesterday within the tory party in London. The Prime Minister was savagely criticized by other tories for catastrophic economic policies. The most catastrophic of all is the wind turbine fiasco. I call for a local referendum on Mynydd y Gwair and Betws, and call for injunctions by class action if the Welsh Ministers attempt dictatorship, i.e. attempt to overrule a 95% local opposition. This matter has split Wales very deeply into pro and anti turbine. The Hemsby precedent means that the Welsh Ministers cannot allow Mynydd y Gwair through against a 95% local opposition, whcih must now be fully mobilized. Betws was illegal and allowed through without a fight.
Please accept this objection to the proposal detailed in this planning application.
My particular concerns include the following: Marked with þ
On Landscape grounds:
þThreat to open access nature of the common.
þNegative cumulative impact on the landscape, especially as turbines are already present at Ffynnon Oer, and consented/being erected on Mynydd Betws.
On grounds of Recreation and Enjoyment:
þDisruption, risk of injury, and threat to their recreational enjoyment for members of the public using this open access common, including ramblers and balloonists. Horse riders and cyclists use the road that passes through the common, and their enjoyment of it is also under threat.
þDamage to tourism in the immediate area e.g., Ramblers, bird watchers, visual impact from the eþisting Gower AONB and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
þUnacceptable increase in traffic during construction, maintenance and decommissioning of turbines.
On Safety grounds:
þProximity of turbines to roads (e.g. Risk of driver distraction).
þSafety concerns, e.g. ice fall from blades and risk of fire in the event of lightning strikes. The former could lead to road closures/injury, the latter is a particular concern owing to the presence of both grassland and peat; if a fire takes hold it could burn for weeks and spread over a very large area.
On grounds of Economic Impact:
þInfrastructure concerns, e.g. concerning large loads, negative impacts on roads, access to hospitals, schools etc.
þMultiple risks to the local economy.
þDamage to and disturbance of peat, that locks down carbon, and which makes this an irrational location to site wind turbines.
þDamage to and disturbance of blanket bog, a priority habitat under both the UK and Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
þReinstatement would not be complete/adequate. Turbine foundations, etc, are left in place even if turbines are decommissioned, and peat takes an eceedingly long time to form.
þRisk of landslips, owing to former mining activity in the area, and changes to the hydrology of the area if construction were to occur.
þHydrology issues/negative impacts on the catchment area for the Upper Lliw Reservoir and damage to source of two rivers. Damage to springs that Farms and dwellings rely heavily on.
þRisks to many species protected by European and other laws, including otter, red kite, skylarks, golden plover and several species of bats.
On grounds of Commoners' Issues:
þ Threat to commoners livelihoods and way of life, e.g. owing to disruption of hefted flocks.
þThreat to livestock/animal welfare issues.
þRisks associated with a change of permitted land use for the site to general industrial use, e.g. future uses (post turbines) of the land.
þ Threat of joy riders accessing wind farm tracks.
Additional Personal Objections:
When working in Egypt (labour costs being less than a third of those in Germany) an enquiry was received by a steel fabricator to fabricate Wind Turbine Towers from a German company, this is an indication that the Wind Turbine suppliers shop around and far afield for the cheapest supplier & the cheapest steel products in an attempt to maximise their profit - European labour market and European unemployment & risk of materials with inherent stress failure factors dont even enter the equation. Vian Lloyd.