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Landscape at risk; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

* SIR - I was impressed by the recent turn-out at a meeting organised by the Stonewall Hill Conservation Group on July 18, at the Norton Manor, Norton, Presteigne, Powys.

Some 110 people attended, including several interested parties from Presteigne, Knighton and the border villages in Herefordshire.

They had come to express their concerns to Roger Williams, MP for Brecon & Radnorshire about the Reeves Hill Wind Farm and Llanshay Lane Road Access Development.

For those who do not know the area, Stonewall Hill, Norton, where the "Reeves Hill" development is proposed, has views extending to a distance of over 40 miles from the north to the south west. It is a landscape remarkable for the absence of any apparent industrialisation or large conurbation.

It was a lively meeting last Wednesday with strong objections coming from all present. Roger Williams said he would gladly write to Powys County Council on behalf of the community as he agreed there was a landscape issue and it appeared that turning Stonewall Hill into an industrial site had long term implications.

Although Herefordshire County Council approved the wind-farm development it is subject to the approval of Llanshay Lane Road Access Development which is a Powys decision and this development itself is going to cause immense damage to the environment.

I would recommend your readers to visit Stonewall Hill if they have not done so already because it so important to the Welsh landscape.

PATRICK SMITH Norton, Presteigne
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 24, 2012
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