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Monday, November 5, 2018

Could windfarm bring windfall for Llangollen?

* One of the huge turbine parts travelling through Llangollen earlier this year. 

Llangollen county councillor GrahamTimms is urging people in the area to complete a survey about the Clocaenog Forest windfarm.

Innogy, the operator of the windfarm will donate up to £700,000 every year to local communities for projects in the area.

However, the area covered by the grants has not yet been decided.

It is expected that the money will be allocated to nearby communities, but Cllr Tims says Llangollen could be close enough to benefit.

The consultation has three suggested boundaries, each covering a larger area. Llangollen falls within the largest area (Option 3).

He said: "I am urging local residents to complete the consultation asking for Llangollen to be within the are that will benefit.

"After all, we are the eastern gateway to the region and visitors will be passing through Llangollen as they travel westwards. We need to make the case for our town to be able to benefit from this funding and the first step is for local residents to take part in the survey."

The windfarm has 27 turbines that are 185 metres tall. Many of the components caused traffic chaos on the A5 this summer as they passed through Llangollen.

Construction is now underway.

The windfarm is planned to be fully operational by the end of 2019 producing up to 96 megawatts, enough electricity to power all the homes in Denbighshire and still have enough spare electricity to supply Colwyn Bay as well. 

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