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Calls for urgent clarity around Awel y Môr protections & public consultation

Updated: Sep 30

In a request for a statement from the Welsh Government today, the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has urged the Minister for Climate Change to confirm what measures are in place to protect marine biodiversity from the Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.

Mrs Finch-Saunders also asked:

“What protections the Welsh Government might consider for seaside communities where the main tourist attraction is the seafront, so that we can help protect at least parts of the beautiful and unique Welsh coastline from industrial interference on the very close horizon?

The Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm proposal will see up to 91 new turbines introduced if permission is granted. The turbines would sit around 10.6km off the coast of Llandudno, and a height of 332m to their tip – the size of the Eiffel Tower.


Speaking of her request for clarity, Janet said:

“I am a passionate supporter of the renewable energy sector. Renewable energy will play a central role in our green Coronavirus recovery, though progress must be balanced against legitimate concerns about its impact on the environment and vistas. “This is why I have long been calling on the Welsh Government to review its policies with regards to marine spatial planning, asking officials to work with stakeholders to collect the necessary data to confirm their impact on the environment. “With their turbines potentially being as tall as the Eiffel Tower and quite possibly having an impact on the local seabird population, spatial planning must be a cornerstone consideration in the Awel y Môr consultation. “I am calling on the Welsh Government to confirm what measures are in place to protect biodiversity, especially given concerns about the negative marine impact of the existing Gwynt y Môr scheme in terms of species decline. Ministers must also ensure that public consultations are carried out to their maximum possible extent now that restrictions have eased.”

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