Stop The Exploitation of Mynydd Mynyllod

by backpackingbongos

I have to admit that until earlier this week I had absolutely no idea where Mynydd Mynyllod was.  However as a backpacker who often goes to Snowdonia it is an area I have passed many times without realising.  I would also assume that most people reading this have probably passed it on the way to the mountains.  The river Dee flows through a lovely valley and I always enjoy the drive west from Llangollen before continuing into south Snowdonia via the A494 to Bala, or occasionally on the B road via Llandrillo.  I much prefer exploring the south of the national park with its isolated mountain ranges or the empty Berwyns to the east.  A quiet unspoilt corner of Wales.

For how much longer?

There are proposals to plonk 25 turbines which are 145 metres high on a wedge of moorland called Mynydd Mynyllod.  Unfortunately developers are unable to simply ‘plonk’ turbines as first they need to rip up miles of moorland for access tracks and fill the hills with toxic concrete.  I could not find a decent map of the proposed site, so I have mocked up my own.  I have crudely marked the area proposed for development with an X.

Although not actually located within the National Park, it is pretty damned close and the turbines would be visible and intrusive from a huge area.  Rather than re-write what has already been written there is a website called Stop The Exploitation of Mynydd Mynyllod, please have a look for more information and how to object.

Last nights Question time was filmed in Aberystwyth and there was a question about windfarms.  You can view the programme by clicking here.  The question is around the 42 minute 40 second mark.  According to the BBC website it should be available until 16th November 2012.

10 Responses to “Stop The Exploitation of Mynydd Mynyllod”

  1. Interesting links to the campaign website and Question Time, James. It would seem, would it not, that the only people who actually want wind farms are those who are going to make a fortune throwing them up all over our countryside and those who will be happy beneficiaries of fat brown envelopes for letting them do so…

    You can sense a backlash. The statistics about the contribution of tourism to the regional economy on the campaign website make a crystal clear case.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  2. I have to confess to not having thought much about windfarms until recently, but thanks to you James, have now become acutely aware of the impact they’re having on the countryside. Actually, back in the eighties I used to live on the moors above Todmorden with fabulous views across the moors. Driving through that area recently, I was amazed to find that all the lovely views we used to have were now just full of wind turbines.

  3. Wind farms are fast becoming the the hot topic amongst outdoor types. What seems so ridiculous is that the stats just don’t stack up, even with the huge subsidies wind energy gets it’s massively expensive, and the contribution from onshore farms is pitiful given the size of the National Grid.

    Worst of all, though, is the desecration of the few remaining wild and beautiful areas we have. And what for? So some suit somewhere can line his pockets. Despicable. I’ve blogged on the topic myself in the past, and on one of last weekend’s walk passed a farm with a huge painted sign shouting “NO WIND FARM HERE”.

    Maybe, just maybe, there is a storm brewing about this issue.

  4. oh, rats. Another one.

    more general info here:

  5. What can I say?

    Horribly depressing. Another developer picking off a rural community to exploit the low paid into paying more for their electricity, whilst lining the developer’s pockets.The more electricity the power stations produce, the more the National Grid will struggle to cope, with resultant black-outs.

    And all the time more and more of our countryside is being completely and utterly buggered..

  6. Not another one!.
    We have backpacked over Mynydd Mynyllod a couple of times (trips West Berwyn #1 and #2 in NE Wales), and that area on the west side of the Dee is really attractive and very little walked.
    We have seen a few signs on local roads in Wales protesting about windfarms, I can’t remember if there are any in the Dee valley.

    • At the moment the group opposed to this development, STEMM (Stop the Exploitation of Mynydd Mynyllod), is busy fund raising for our campaign and we hope to put signs up in the area to let more people know about this scheme in the next few weeks. A key point is that this is NOT in a TAN 8 area, that is one of the seven sites selected by the Welsh Assembly for large scale wind farms to avoid their proliferation around Wales. So, if this one gets the go ahead it’s open season in many other parts which may currently be considered as safe from this form of industrialisation. I walk the area regularly and love its sense of remoteness. That will be lost. These wind turbines are so big, the largest in the UK, that they will be clearly visible from most of the Berwyns and Snowdonia National Park. There seems little point in creating National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty etc if they are simply going to be fenced in by monstrous wind turbines. If only we could get the landowners to feel the same way.

  7. Sad news indeed. I was up walking in the Arenigs a couple of weeks back and was looking at these hills as fine walk prospect. Hopefully all the protests that are now springing up will really start to highlight that these developments are NOT part of a coordinated green energy policy but simply a gravy train for greedy developers at the expense of our natural landscape.

  8. Thanks everyone for your comments. Hopefully some of my recent posts have made people who would not have otherwise thought about windfarms think about the impact they are having on our countryside. Otherwise I’m just preaching to the converted and making myself depressed at the same time!


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