A public inquiry has opened into the controversial application by RWE Innogy UK Ltd to erect wind turbines and associated infrastructure on Mynydd y Gwair common north of Swansea. The Open Spaces Society objects strongly to the application and will be represented by its member Clare Moseley.
Says Kate Ashbrook, the society’s general secretary: ‘We deplore the proposed devastation of this magnificent, sweeping, hilltop common. The 16 wind-turbines with all the paraphernalia that goes with them will rip the heart out of this special place. Here people are accustomed to walk and ride in peace.’
Clare Moseley’s mother, the late Jan Moseley, was a winner of the Countryside Council for Wales’s ‘My Special Place’ competition in 2005 with her description of Mynydd y Gwair. She loved the mountain from the top of which one can see ten counties and wrote:
‘… this vast wild plateau loud with skylarks where the weathers meet is essentially where the land and sky join in complete 360-degree harmony. I can step out of my door onto the common and see an unchanged landscape through bronze-age eyes; a sacred mountain surrounded by the upper waters of rivers and burial sites.… At night the total darkness provides a panorama of the stars, and the flitting of bats replaces the majesty of the flight of the red kite by day.’
‘All this would be lost,’ says Kate. ‘The objectors will fight doggedly to save their beloved common.’
Save Our Common Mountain Environment (SOCME) is among the many objectors.
For more information about The Open Spaces Society visit: www.oss.org.uk