Caerphilly residents support wind energy in their back yard, says survey

A strong majority of Caerphilly residents support wind energy and most would welcome wind farms in their area, a recent telephone survey has revealed.

Almost three-quarters (74%) of residents across Caerphilly County Borough indicated that they were ‘in favour of wind turbines as a source of clean energy’.

REG Windpower has applied for planning permission for three wind turbines at Pen Bryn Oer, between Rhymney and Tredegar. Caerphilly County Borough Council will decide on the proposals on April 9. Two-thirds of those polled on behalf of REG (66%) said they were in favour of a wind farm in this location.

Only 17 % said they opposed the project.

Matt Partridge, Development Director at REG Windpower, said “We’ve been talking to Caerphilly residents since November 2011 about the proposals and it’s pleasing to find out just how many people support wind energy as a source of safe, clean, renewable power.

“However, it’s not just residents living further afield that support wind farms. We made sure a significant number of the local community were asked about our specific proposals and 58% of respondents in the nearest wards of Twyn Carno and Moriah said they were in favour of the project.”

The survey was carried out by telephone across the County Borough of Caerphilly by Marketing Means, an independent market research company, and involved calling 581 randomly selected residents across the council area.  Marketing Means’ research meets the Company Partner Quality Commitment of the Market Research Society.

The results of the survey conducted by Marketing Means can be accessed here (clicking the link opens a pdf in a new window): Caerphilly borough survey – Results – March 2014.

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