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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Many of you have written to ask what we should do now.  One of the issues we need to keep fighting is the wind energy generation applications.  To find a full list of these applications please go to the Conservation of Upland Powys website who have share this information. Wind Farm application on Conservation of Upland Powys website

We now have a 10 Easy Ways To Help The Campaign  document. Please have a look and see what you can do to help.

There is also another worrying trend reported in the Farmers Weekly that farmers and landowners are being sought to lease out land for a new wind turbine scheme which offers a 15% share of revenue to landowners over 20 years.  Any landowner can apply to be part of the scheme – the only requirements are that turbines are not placed within a 500m radius of a residential property and there is 40x20m of land space available.  This is an income stream essentially NOT a way of a farm generating its OWN power. The article on Farmers Weekly is here.

If You Are Approached By National Grid Requesting Access To Your Land

Dear Friends,

As a landowner in the proposed pylon route corridor, it is likely that you have already been contacted by Bruton Knowles, agents acting for National Grid, requesting access to your property to survey.  At this difficult time, we would like to offer you our support and advice.  Legal advice has been sought regarding the access situation and we would like to draw your attention to the following points:

  1. Under the terms of the Electricity Act, surveyors acting for National Grid do have the power to gain access to your property but they must give 14 days formal notice in writing.  Without such adequate notice, they do not have the right to access private property.  Obstructing anyone who has lawfully met this requirement is a criminal offence.
  2. You may come under pressure to enter into an open-ended access agreement. You should insist that you will allow access for a limited period only (we suggest that 1 month is quite reasonable) – this is your legal right.
  3. If land is registered, it is easier for National Grid to discover and contact the owners.  If your title is not registered and you wish to hamper this process, we would advise that you refrain from seeking registration at this time.
  4. Provide as little information to the agents as possible, for example, do not contact National Grid using your name and postal address as this will make it easier for them to contact you.
  5. With regard to any offers made by Bruton Knowles, we strongly recommend that independent business and legal advice should be sought. Remember that it is usual for costs incurred by your representative (if you choose to have one) to be paid by National Grid, so choose carefully and be sure who they are working for!

We will provide you with advice, support and contacts during this period of uncertainty.  We have researched the impact high-voltage cables have on livestock, farming practices and property values and will be happy to provide you with fully referenced scientific information on this topic.  We are in contact with groups throughout Britain who have successfully challenged National Grid and are willing to share their tactics with us.  Together, standing firm, we can resist this attempt to change our landscape and way of life: we are committed to winning and have marshalled considerable resources for the fight.Contact us on the dedicated MAP phone number 07811 584505, via email or check our Facebook page: we will help in any way we can.

Jonathan Wilkinson

Chairman MAP