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et me kick off by saying that we are so glad that you are all enjoying the new style magazine. We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to those of you that have taken the time to phone us and compliment us on it, it means a lot to us. I’m sure you are all looking forward to the spring & summer months ahead as we are, let’s hope that after all the rain we’ve had lately that we are in for some really lovely sunny weather. We have another jam packed magazine for you this month, with a little bit of something to suit all tastes. Don’t forget if you have any stories or news that you think might be of interest to the readers we would love to hear from you. I hope you all get lots of lovely chocolates to enjoy this Easter, but if you are watching your waistline remember the saying “a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips”. For more information on our rates and sizes visit our website: www.tawetalk.co.uk

Happy Easter !!

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LOCAL NEWS

Godre’r Graig Park Further Improvements

Easter Egg Hunt & Egg Throwing Contest

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n Easter Sunday afternoon we have our annual Easter Egg hunt, and egg throwing contest. Also there will be other activities for both children and adults. Watch out for posters nearer to the date for full details. We have been fortunate to have been awarded some hedging tree saplings by The Woodland Trust to join other baby trees awarded by them in 2013. Local volunteers have helped with the planting of these saplings. We have also been awarded garden centre vouchers by Keep Wales Tidy to purchase pollinator-friendly bulbs and small tools. Again, local volunteers helped the committee with the planting of these bulbs which will be good for butterflies and other insects as well as bringing a touch of bright colour to the park. A professional Habitat Survey, funded by Environment Wales, has helped to identify plant, animal and insect species in the park, and made recommendations for the continued development of this precious natural resource. When we have some nice warm dry evenings we will hold Bat Watch events, using our bat detectors we can hear the bat’s echolocation calls. The notice-board near the park entrance will have the latest details of events, dates and times, remember that weather can change our plans at short notice so facebook and the notice-board should be checked for any alternative dates. GCA committee.


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Cwrt Enfys Receives A Visit From Kirsty Williams AM

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irsty Williams AM paid a visit to the residents and team at an Ystradgynlais care home last week. Kirsty was visiting and old friend at Cwrt Enfys Care Home, on Gorof Road. Edgar Davies had helped her during her election to the Welsh Assembly and they shared many amusing stories about their work together. Kirsty enjoyed an afternoon chatting over coffee and biscuits with Edgar and his wife, followed by a tour of the home from Home Manager Karen Beech. Karen said, “It was wonderful having Kirsty with us. Edger really enjoyed catching up with his older friend and reminiscing about old times. I hope we can welcome her back sometime soon.�

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Have you a loved one buried in the graveyard, if so maybe you would consider a small donation towards its upkeep.

Donations can be made to: Mrs R Jones 27 Heol Tawe, Abercrave. SA9 1XP

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NEW CHAPEL OF REST for Roger Castle & Daughter Funeral Directors

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oger Castle and Daughter Funeral Directors are now the proud owners of the traditional Welsh Chapel ‘Calfaria’, situated in the village of Ystradgynlais on Station Road. Roger Castle and Daughter Funeral Directors is a privately owned and family run business, Roger has over 20 years’ experience in the business and has recently been joined by his daughter Julie who has also been brought up around the industry and also has a passion for the business. he chapel will be renovated to the same high standards as their offices based in Ystalyfera, offering you a homely and welcoming environment that is peaceful, dignified and private. The chapel will be used to carry out services prior to burials or cremations which are tailored to each family’s individual requirements and are carried out with the utmost dignity and respect for the deceased and their family. Roger Castle and Daughter Funeral Directors offer a 24hr / 7 days a week service and ensure care and compassion at this time of bereavement. Roger and Julie understand that at such an upsetting time it can be hard to make decisions about funeral arrangements, so they will be there to help and guide you and will do their utmost to make this time as stress free as possible.

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For Peace of mind and the personal touches that matter to you…. Roger Castle & Daughter Funeral Directors


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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Hair Today‌

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he desire to remove excess or dark hair usually begins in adolescence, and many women and men remain intent upon having smooth, hairless skin. Whether it is hair on the face, armpits, legs, back, bikini line, or other body parts, there are many options available to remove unwanted hair, but few to get rid of it permanently. The old standby shaving is the quickest but most temporary form of hair removal. Shaving cuts off hair at the surface and new growth may appear thicker and darker because the new hair shaft has a blunt tip instead of a tapered one. Before shaving, apply a moisturiser such as water, shaving cream, soap or hair conditioner to help the razor glide more easily.

Plucking pulls the hair out of its follicle and when done repeatedly may damage it, thus preventing further growth. Plucking is painful, so only suitable for small areas such as the eyebrows or odd facial hair. Variations are: threading, a traditional Indian method of plucking hair by twisting strings (good for eyebrows), and epilators, equipment which plucks out hairs en masse – good for larger areas such as legs and arms.

Depilatory creams use a chemical called thioglycolate mixed with sodium hydroxide or calcium hydroxide to dissolve hair. Cream is applied for between 3 and15 minutes and the resulting jelly-like substance is then wiped or washed off. Depilatory creams can burn if left on for too long and may also cause an allergic reaction.

Waxing is great for treating areas both large and small. Wax is warmed and spread in the direction of the hair growth and when cool is pulled off quickly in the opposite direction, pulling the hairs out of the follicle. Waxing can be done at home or in the salon, but care should be taken not to get burnt. It can also be messy and painful.

Electrolysis is one of the permanent methods of hair removal and should be done professionally. A fine needle is inserted into each individual hair follicle and an electric current applied to burn the hair root, preventing it from producing more hair. Each session may take only 20-30 minutes, but a full course of treatment could take 12-18 months.

Laser hair removal is not permanent but does have long-lasting results. It requires multiple treatments, and works by laser beams or light pulses destroying the hair root and retarding the re-growth of new hair. It can be expensive and painful and works best for light skinned people with dark hair. Home kits are available for purchase. You should choose a method or combination of methods that works best for you depending on cost, time available, skin type, and the desired hair-free area.

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the finance CORNER Having fun for free

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oney may be a bit tight sometimes but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. Indeed it can mean the complete opposite. Think of the times you’ve had in your life that have been great. Have they always been the ones that have involved money? Not necessarily. Read on for some simple ideas that you can do alone or with your friends and family that cost little or nothing but could bring a great deal of pleasure. Dig out some cards or board games. When did you last sit down and play draughts, or crib? Traditional games are just that - traditional because they stand the test of time. Google the rules if you don’t know how to play - there’s no excuse! Don your wellies, make a little flask of tea and go out for a good old stomp across the beach or if you’re not lucky enough to live near the coast, a local field or nature reserve. There are always places to walk. Get the wind through your hair and aim to be out for a good part of the day. You should sleep better at night too. Check out local galleries and museums. Often these are free and they can hold a good range of interesting exhibits. When the weather gets nicer, stick a tent up in your garden and ‘go camping’ for the night! Grab some pencils or paints and just draw for the pleasure of it. Even if the end result isn’t going to be put into the Tate just the act of putting pen (or brush) to paper is rather therapeutic.


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AUTO BIOGRAPHIES CHEVROLET Trax By Tim Barnes-Clay www.carwriteups.co.uk twitter@carwriteups

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he Trax went on sale in August 2013 and can be yours for as little as £15,495. It’s the newest addition to the Chevrolet family and is available a diesel or petrol engine. You can also choose to have two-wheel or all-wheel-drive (AWD). I decided to get behind the wheel of the 1.4T AWD LT. At £19,795 this variant is straying away from the ‘affordable’ price-tag, but with 138 horses and a turbocharger under the bonnet, it’s one of best in the Trax line-up. So what is it? Well, it’s cast in the style of a small Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) butthe archetypal running costs. It all sounds a bit ‘Mickey Mouse’, but you’re in good hands if you buy a Trax. You see, Chevrolet lays claim to inventing the first ever SUV with the introduction of the Carryall Suburban in 1935. Today, nearly 80 years later, the Trax is the modern expression of the company. Yes, it’s got SUV in its DNA, but with a big twist of funkiness to boot. Conveying brawniness, and agility, the Trax looks good. A grille featuring the iconic Chevrolet bowtie logo, prominent wheel arches, powerfully built rear haunches, and a fast, rearward-swept roofline are key elements that define the car’s exterior. The cabin is also well turned-out. It’s practical, well-organised and characterised by sinuous lines. The rear seat row even boasts an electrical socket that can be used for recharging laptops and other electronic devices without the need for an adapter. Storage facilities are abundant too. Compartments include an under-seat storage tray and two glove boxes, one of which contains a USB outlet that enables connectivity for your iPod or smart phone.

The Trax’s boot space isn’t massive because, let’s face it, this car is a compact vehicle. That said, it does a lot with what it’s got. Without a spare tyre, there’s more room available under the cargo floor. It comes in handy for storing items securely – but not so convenient if you get a puncture and have to use the do-it-yourself repair kit, which comes in lieu of the emergency wheel. Driving the Trax is a pleasure. It’s been tuned to deliver European driving dynamics and the car flies its own kite when it comes to sophisticated electronic aid systems. The car I drove came fitted with a six speed manual gearbox and petrol saving Stop/Start functionality. 0-62mph is achieved in 9.8 seconds and the top speed is 121mph. The AWD system adapts to the road conditions and notably improves traction on slippery or gravelled roads. That’s a big bonus if you live in the countryside or you want a car that won’t give up the moment winter kicks in. The strength of its structural design makes the Trax very safe. Should the worst happen and the car rolls over, it’s been engineered to carry more than four times its own weight. What's more, the Chevy is equipped with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Customary kit also includes Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control and AntiLock Brakes. Six airbags and ISOFX anchoring systems for children’s safety seats are equally part of the standard safety features onboard the Chevrolet Trax.

FAST FACTS Max speed: 121mph 0-62 mph: 9.8secs

PROS ‘N’ CONS

Funkyv Practicalv Safev No spare wheelX

Combined mpg: 44.1 Engine: 1364 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo petrol Max. power (bhp): 138 at 6000 rpm Max. torque (Ib/ft): 147 at 1850 rpm CO2: 94 g/km

Price: £19,795 on the road


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ggs have been used as symbols at festivals since before the time of Jesus, but are now particularly synonymous with Easter and the story of the resurrection. Eggs are said to represent new life, and for Christians when they are cracked open, they stand for the empty tomb following Jesus’ rising. Eggs are also considered special, because although they do not seem alive they have life within them - especially in springtime when chicks hatch out. In previous times people gave gifts of eggs carved from wood or precious stones. It is only in the last 100 years or so that sweet eggs have been eaten. The size and range of chocolate eggs available seems to increase every year. The tallest chocolate egg was 10.39 metres tall and made in Italy in 2011. It weighed 7.2 kilograms and was 9.6 metres at its widest point! It is not known exactly who first created the story of the Easter Bunny, but it seems to have its origins in Germany. It was first mentioned in German texts in the 16th Century. In the 1700’s German immigrants told stories when they went to America of egg- laying rabbits, and they encouraged children to use caps and bonnets to make nests which the Easter bunny would fill with coloured eggs - if they’d been good. The first edible Easter bunnies appeared in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar. The symbol of the rabbit was probably chosen because of its associations with fertility and spring. It is believed that Eostre, the Anglo Saxon God of Spring, had a hare as a companion.

In addition to having Easter Egg Hunts to search for the eggs left by the Bunny, another common Easter activity is egg rolling. This is done using real hard boiled eggs, and time is usually spent decorating them beforehand. In years gone by the eggs were dyed using onion skin, today’s painting process is much easier. In the UK egg rolling is generally done by rolling eggs down a hill, and the winner is the one whose egg rolls further or survives the most rolls. In the early nineteenth century in Northern Ireland, egg rolling was described as ‘trindling’ or ‘trundling.’ Another traditional game involves holding your egg in the palm of the hand and banging against your opponent's egg. The loser is the one whose egg breaks first.

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he Society is pleased to report that it has been successful in obtaining sufficient funds and grants to commence its Cofior Glowyr –Remembering the Miners Project at the Riverside Walk, Diamond Park,Ystradgynlais. The park, owned and maintained by the Ystradgynlais Town Council, was the site of three former coal mines Wern Plymis, Diamond and Gurnos collieries. The Society began working on the project with the full support of Town Council in May 2011 just months prior to the Gleision Mine tragedy near Pontardawe. Ystradgynlais arguably owes its existence to the development of the coal and iron industries of the nineteenth century. Apart from the former Miners Welfare Hall little evidence remains of the former mining industry in the area as sites have been cleared and landscaped. The Project involves the construction of six stone plinths (similar to that shown in the photograph) to each of which will be attached an information panel outlining the history of groups of collieries and associated coal mining history in the upper Tawe and Twrch valleys using photographs, maps and bilingual text. At the centre of the Riverside Walk there will be a stone memorial to remember the miners-cofior glowyr. It takes the form of a circular stone plinth approximately two feet high representing a pit with a wedge shaped pillar approximately three feet high above it representing a drift. Three slate plaques will be attached to the pillar with appropriate bilingual text. Around the base of the pillar will be black painted stones representing pieces of coal.

YSTRADGYNLAIS DISTRICT HERITAGE & LANGUAGE SOCIETY

As well as the six stone plinths three park benches will be placed around the Riverside Walk. The Project also includes a colour bilingual pamphlet which describes a walk beginning and ending at the Diamond Park along existing footpaths etc linking up the sites of the former coal mines in the area. The Society acknowledges the financial support it has received from Powys County Council, Ystradgynlais Town Council, National Union of Mineworkers, Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation, Asda supermarket and WREN towards the project. WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment to the landfill Communities Fund. Details of the official unveiling will be announced at a later date but further information is available from Mr.Malcolm Best, Secretary on yhs@btinternet.com.


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Hot Cross Buns

Method

Prep time: 20 min, plus 3 hours proving Cooking time: 25 min Makes15-20 buns

Ingredients For the buns 500 g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting 1 1/2 tsp salt 75 g caster sugar 7 g sachet dried yeast 300 ml mixed milk and water 50 g sultanas 100 g raisins zest of 2 oranges 80 g mixed peel 2 tsp ground cinnamon 75 g plain flour

For the crosses

Put the yeast and sugar into a bowl. Sieve the flour and salt into the same bowl. Slowly add enough of the milk and water mix to achieve pliable dough. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes, then put the dough back into the bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour. Incorporate the sultanas, mixed peel (or substituted fruit), orange zest and cinnamon into the dough and leave to rise for 1 hour. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Divide the dough into 15-20 pieces and roll each into a ball. Put them on a baking tray and leave to rest for 1 hour. Set the oven to 220°C/gas 8. To make the crosses for the buns, mix the plain flour with enough water to make a smooth, thick paste. You can either make a piping bag out of parchment paper or use a piping bag with a plain nozzle to pipe the paste onto the buns in a crossshape. Bake the buns for 25 minutes until golden brown. Combine the sugar and water together to make a syrup and brush this liberally all over the buns. Serve immediately.

75g plain flour Water to make a paste.

For the glaze 50 g sugar 50 ml water

NB Many people don’t like mixed peel. In this case try substituting finely chopped dried apricot, or add more sultanas instead


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Method Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1kg / 2lb 3oz Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and halved Pinch of salt Knob of butter - for mashing 1 tbsp milk - for mashing 25g / 1oz butter 25g / 1oz flour 4 spring onions, finely sliced 400ml / 14 fl oz milk 200g / 7oz white fish 200g / 7oz smoked haddock Good handful prawns Small bunch chives, finely snipped Handful frozen sweetcorn Handful frozen peas Handful grated cheddar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas mark 6. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Salt lightly and bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, allow to drain thoroughly, then mash with the milk and butter. Season with ground black pepper. Meanwhile, place the butter, flour and spring onions in a large pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to the boil. Keep stirring to prevent the sauce sticking or becoming lumpy. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes until it's thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the fish, prawns, snipped chives, sweetcorn and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish. Spoon the potato evenly over the top. At this point you can let it cool, then cover and freeze the pie for another day. Defrost before cooking, then sprinkle with cheddar cheese if using. Place in the oven for 20 - 25 mins or until golden and bubbling at the edges


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Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge Raising Money For

LATCH CYMRU In Memory of brave little soldier Cameron Davies of Lower Cwmtwrch Nerys James, Kieran Davies, Michelle Norman, Sarah Jones Left - Right...

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n 3rd and 4th May 2014, team ‘Pob Cam I Cam’ (which means every footstep for Cameron) will be taking part in the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. This involves climbing to the peaks of Snowdon in North Wales, Cadair Idris in West Wales and Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. This challenge is in memory of brave little soldier Cameron Davies of Gurnos, Lower Cwmtwrch who's unforgettable smile is the driving force and inspiration behind this challenge. All proceeds raised will be donated to children’s cancer charity LATCH CYMRU (based at the Universisty Hospital of Wales in Cardiff) to thank them for the past and ongoing support they have provided to Cameron's family. Please show team ‘Pob Cam I Cam’ your support by helping us raise as much money as possible! We are also looking for local businesses to sponsor us, please contact nerys_L@yahoo.co.uk for more information. Local team members from the Lower Cwmtwrch and Ystradgynlais area include:Michelle Norman, Nerys James, Paul James, Sarah Jones, Melanie Freeman, Antonia Thomas, Rhian James, Emma Cornelius, Cheryl Jones, Martin Jones and Derryl Watkins. To donate you can: ·

Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/PobCamICam

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Text PCIC48 followed by the amount to 70070 Donations by sponsor form can be made: - Via all team members - Lola's Cwtch in Ystradgynlais - Cuts 4 U Hairdressers in Lower Cwmtwrch

In September 2012 two year old little Cameron lost his battle with a rare form of childhood cancer. Mum Michelle and a group of friends are doing this challenge to help raise money for the children’s charity Latch Cymru to say thank you for the care provided to Cameron while in their care and also the ongoing care they still provide to the family today.


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Choc full of delights at care home!

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n Ystradgynlais based care home held a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed party on Friday to raise money for Dementia UK. The residents and team at Cwrt Enfys Care Home, on Gorof Road, dressed to impress, spending the day as characters from the famous movie. Residents enjoyed a themed tea party hosted by Willy Wonka himself, played by Hospitality Services Manager Sandra Jenkins. Willy Wonka of course had his trusty Oompa Loompas on hand to help out. Team members provided a host of tasty treats ready to be judged in the homes cake competition. The cakes were all very unique and themed around the fun chocolate factory, including lollipops made of icing and oompa loompa figures. The team weren’t the only ones competing; residents set out on a hunt for golden tickets in a bid to win one of the many prizes available and also got their thinking caps on to take part in a chocolate themed quiz.

Cwrt Enfys Care Home - Gorof Road, Ystradgynlais, Lower Cwmtwrch, Swansea SA9 1DS 01639 841265


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COMPETITION

Last month’s lucky competition winner was Nesta James from Pontardawe. Nesta won herself a £25 gift voucher courtesy of Pool Dude Hot Tubs and Tawe Talk. Enter this month’s competition and you could be our next lucky winner. GOOD LUCK !!

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Young Sports Stars Honoured The awards ceremony took place on Friday 7 March at The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells to recognise and celebrate the sporting success of local individuals and teams involved in sport at all levels. Sports clubs, PE departments and leisure facilities were urged to send their nominations so that sporting success or contribution to sport in 2013 could be recognised. Congratulations to the six pupils from Ysgol Maesydderwen who were nominated in various categories for their sporting contribution Lili Antcliff, Jack Donnelly, Imogen Jones, Luke Price, Jordan Hughes and Catrin Norton. As a school we are very proud of the achievements these pupils have made over the past year. All the pupils that attended the sports awards represented the school in a great manner. This did not go unnoticed as many of my colleagues and special guests commented on just how many pupils from Ysgol Maesydderwen were nominated for the awards and how well-mannered they were.

Luke Price won - Young Sportsperson of the Year (14-18 years) Catrin Norton won - Young Sports Leader of the Year

Without these pupils and the many others that help out we would not be able to offer the varied 5x60 activities we do in school at lunch time and after school. So thanks for your help and keep it coming!

Martin Kelly (5x60 Officer).


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APRIL FOOLS - 1st April It’s always fun to watch the news on April Fools’ Day, trying to spot the fake story. Sometimes it’s not that easy! Here is a reminder of some classic pranks from years gone by: In 1957 BBC’s Panorama report on the bumper spaghetti crop. Huge numbers of viewers were fooled by the footage of Swiss peasants gathering long strands of pasta from the trees! In 1962, Swedish television viewers were duped into thinking that they could transform their blackand-white TV sets into colour by stretching a nylon stocking over the screen. Australians were confused in 1975 when they were told they were converting to metric time, with 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour and 20-hour days. Do you remember the whistling carrot? Tesco published an advert in 2002 publicising the genetically modified vegetable. The advert said it had air holes in the side and that it whistled when it was fully cooked! More recently in 2008, we were stunned to see a BBC film of Adélie penguins flying across the Antarctic on their way to spend the winter in the rainforests of South America. This became one of the most viewed videos on the internet.


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LOCAL NEWS DECISION TO REFUSE NEATH WIND FARM IS BIZARRE, SAYS DEVELOPER

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ndependent renewable energy company RES has responded strongly to the decision by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to refuse planning permission for the five turbine wind farm it had proposed on private land at Mynydd Marchywel, between the villages of Rhos, Crynant and Cilfrew in South Wales. Chris Jackson, RES project manager, states:“We are astonished that the planning committee has found reasons to reject this project, which was strongly supported by the Council’s professional officers. Mynydd Marchywel Wind Farm lies within an area designated by Welsh Government for renewable energy development. There were no objections from statutory consultees and the planning officer’s report recommended approval. RES has consulted extensively with local people throughout the development phase and we proactively responded to concerns about the scale of development by reducing the scheme from 11 to five turbines. “At a time when electricity bills are being inflated by global gas demand and the UK is closing down many older and inefficient power stations, the decision to reject a well-designed renewable energy scheme like Mynydd Marchywel Wind Farm is frankly bizarre.” The wind farm would be capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to meet the average annual requirements of around 10,000 homes. It would also deliver a community benefits package of £57,500 per year - or about £1.4m over the lifetime of the wind farm. This would be divided between a Community Benefit Fund to support local projects and RES’ innovative Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which offers a discount of £100 per year off the electricity bills of properties within 1.8km of the proposed wind turbines.RES’ Head of Development in Wales Richard Evans stated, “Once again a Welsh Council has missed an opportunity to approve a much-needed renewable energy project that will help to deliver secure and cost effective electricity and associated economic benefits. ”It’s a disappointing reminder that Wales has the lowest approval rate for onshore wind farms in the UK, meaning the massive potential for investment, job creation and community benefits in Wales simply isn’t being allowed to progress.” RES is reviewing the detail of the planning committee’s decision before deciding the next steps for the project.

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