Con­cern over prox­im­ity to her­itage sites

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

THE ar­chae­o­log­i­cal value of the ru­ral ar­eas in­cluded in the Bal­ly­manus Wind Farm plan were out­lined by ar­chae­ol­o­gist Yvonne Whitty at the public meet­ing in Aughrim.

Ms Whitty ex­pressed con­cern of the prox­im­ity of many of the pro­posed tur­bines to rich her­itage sites, in­clud­ing Ne­olitic rock art which would date back 5,000 years.

She said that there are a num­ber of ring­forts in the area of Pre­ban which date back to be­tween the sixth and eleventh cen­turies, that looks like the wind­farm was de­signed to go through them and warned against the de­struc­tion of a valu­able non-re­new­able re­source.

‘There has been no place name anal­y­sis and no at­tempt to safe­guard the her­itage. Farm­ers have left them alone and the tur­bines should too be­cause when they are gone, they are gone,’ she said.

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