Mid Wales Connection Project dead says MP


Ben Goddard

MP GLYN Davies has said “the Mid Wales Connection project is dead” following comments from the Prime Minister in parliament – and he expects a full statement to be made within the next week.

Mr Davies, who was elected for a second term as MP for Montgomeryshire last month, challenged David Cameron in the House of Commons yesterday regarding funding towards onshore windfarms which have yet to be granted permission.

During the first Prime Minister’s Questions session, Mr Davies asked: “Does the Prime Minister agree that any onshore windfarm proposal not already granted planning permission should not expect to receive any public subsidy?”

This question followed comments made by Mr Cameron regarding the future decision on the delayed Mid Wales conjoined windfarm inquiry during a visit to Powys on his campaign to be re-elected as Prime Minister.

In reply to the question, Mr Cameron said: “I am very glad to see my honourable friend back in his place. 

“He campaigned very hard on this in the last Parliament and in our manifesto we were very, very clear that there will be no more subsidies for onshore windfarms.

“It is time to give local people the decisive say. 

“That is what will happen in England, in Wales – obviously the subsidy regime will be changed because it is a reserved issue, so I think that his desire has now been met.”

Mr Davies said that this response spells the end to the proposed National Grid project for a 33-mile power line from Cefn Coch to Meifod Valley, near Oswestry.

“This suggests from the Prime Minister that it looks as though the Mid Wales Connection project is dead,” said Mr Davies. “We now have to look at the legality and the future and will be making a statement next week.

“I think it looks as though the connection project is dead.”

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