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Nathan Rowden

A DECISION not to allow windfarm components through a Mid Wales town has delighted campaigners who say common sense has prevailed.

Montgomery residents campaigned against windfarm traffic being allowed through the town and this week their wishes were granted when Powys County Council confirmed they have rejected a Scottish Power proposal to use the route.

The County Times has also learned that developer RES no longer intends to use Montgomery to transport components for the Garreg Llwyd windfarm.

Simon Peltenburg of RES said: “At this time it’s not our intention to bring any abnormal loads through Montgomery.”

PCC’s refusal has been met with joy by the town councillors who had worked hard to stop wind farm traffic passing through the town.

Cllr Mark Michaels said: “We’re delighted, common sense has prevailed. It wasn’t ever viable to have long and wide vehicles going through a small historic town, it’s a sensible decision.”

County and town councillor for Montgomery, Stephen Hayes, said the news of the refusal is “very good news for Montgomery”.

However, Cllr Michaels warned the ruling only applied to one developer and said: “This is just one wind farm, we need to make sure the same applies to all. We also need to make sure the route chosen doesn’t blight others to our advantage.”

Scottish Power had proposed the route through the Mid Wales town to redevelop the P & L windfarm at Llandinam, near Newtown.

However, PCC joined Montgomery Town Council in objecting to the route due to a number of constraints, including Montgomery’s status as a significant and historic town.

A spokesman for Powys County Council said: “The Welsh Assembly Government and ourselves have asked each of the wind farm companies wishing to build in Powys to clearly demonstrate that they can actually get to the sites they have proposed. However, we will not allow every road in Powys to be used because of the impact these proposed developments will have on the northern part of the county.

“As a result, key organisations including the Welsh Assembly, police and ourselves agreed that a strategic approach should be taken to manage the impact of likely windfarm traffic.

“A northern route for the Llandinam windfarm which would have taken wind farm components through a historic county town and into Shropshire had been proposed by Scottish Power, but there were constraints along this route.

“Unfortunately, no solutions were proposed that addressed these constraints, making the route unviable.”

A Scottish Power spokesman confirmed the company is investigating alternative routes. He said: “We are now investigating alternative routes from the south.”

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