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A request for action on DARC radar in Pembrokeshire


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Either write your own personal message, or use this handy detailed text you might want to copy, paste and send to make clear your opposition to the proposed DARC radar installation in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire:


Dear Elected Representative,

I am writing to ask you to take action to help stop the passage of the proposal by the United States Space Force and MOD to build a DARC radar array in Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy, Pembrokeshire.

As a radar array highly likely to emit non-ionising radiation of a power density significantly in excess of radiation-emitting installations proven in numerous studies to be associated with increased incidences of cancer in surrounding human, livestock and other animal populations, DARC being placed so close to the residential population of the Dewisland peninsula would pose an unacceptable public health risk.

US-funded military radar installations such as Israel’s Iron Dome, a radar system that not only produces the exact same type of non-ionising radiofrequency radiation as DARC but at significantly lower power levels than DARC would have to in order to scan 36,000 kilometres of space around the Earth, has resulted in an alarming slew of cancers in surrounding personnel. This is confirmed by Dr. Michael Peleg, author of the most recent study that reached these findings, and a scientist who gave a video presentation in PARC’s unprecedentedly well-attended inaugural public meeting in Solva Memorial Hall on June 27th, 2024. The meeting can be viewed on PARC's YouTube, @parcagainstdarc.

Recorded accounts in the mainstream Israeli press have revealed that Israeli military personnel, many of whom have publicly mounted legal challenges against the IDF as a result of their cancer diagnoses (and the deaths of their colleagues), have come to nickname the Iron Dome ‘the toaster’ as a result of its tendency to quite literally physically heat the bodies of humans and animals in its vicinity, as former IDF soldier with direct experience of the radar Jonathan Haimovich has been quoted describing.

While the environmental arguments against DARC are very many, one outstanding argument against DARC was made in PARC’s public meeting by local habitat expert and trustee from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, Michail Davies. Mr. Davies points out that the manx shearwater, Pembrokeshire’s ‘albatross’ and famous resident of Skomer (which is the world’s single most important habitat for the bird and is home to 1 million of the world’s 1.5 million population) are already being wrecked in the hundreds on the land (i.e., dying), overwhelmingly in Newgale, as a result of the existing light sources on the mainland that confuse the birds. If DARC were built, however, the significantly increased levels of nighttime light confirmed by the scoping report would, in Mr. Davies's view, confuse and misdirect more manx shearwaters, and a substantial increase of deaths ‘will definitely happen’ (according to Davies) due to the fact that Brawdy is ‘in direct line of sight’ of the seabirds’ migratory flight path. The scoping report confirms the light risks, referring, in relation to breeding birds, to ‘Potential disturbance through noise, dust and lighting which would discourage use of habitats.’

Lisa Morgan of the Wildlife Trust has criticised the scoping report, saying it names species which are not important and ignores species which are, including omitting the manx shearwater entirely, because the US authors ‘don’t know the area,’ and the report is a ‘box-ticking exercise.’ If this scoping report was a primary basis on which the US has so far earmarked Brawdy, this raises deep concerns about the due diligence inherent in its decision-making processes and rationale in general.

The 27 very large radar dishes proposed would span over a square kilometre and be visible for kilometres around and from iconic areas of natural beauty. This is confirmed by the given ‘representative viewpoints’ discussed in the scoping report, and the visual impact discussed both by the report itself and Natural Resources Wales. This impact on the related receptors would have a significantly negative impact on the tourism, property values and environment of the area, with some residents discussing an intention to leave in fear of a race to the bottom for local property values.

These economic observations have been supported by Emma Bowen, Manager of the iconic St Davids Twr y Felin Hotel in the presentation she gave in PARC’s public meeting. The owner of three iconic and historic landmark boutique hotel properties in the Dewisland area, Mr. Keith Griffiths, has officially leant his support to PARC’s campaign, and spoken out in strong terms in local newspaper media against the DARC radar proposition. Mr. Griffiths’s properties include Twr y Felin Hotel, Roch Castle and Penrhiw Priory, and form part of nine businesses local to St Davids and Solva that had publicly declared their support prior even to the initial launch of the campaign.

Further to these points, the impracticality of 20 LGV lorries (weighing in excess of 3.5 tonnes each) and 80 HGV lorries every day (at a rate of four per hour) attempting to transport heavy industrial goods up a narrow, extremely angular Newgale hill during economically critical seasons in and of itself renders DARC’s construction unworkable, or else contingent upon a bypass road that is not only being actively campaigned against by the local population and is associated with further environmental harms, but is ill-affordable for one of the most financially challenged county councils in the UK, and likely to cause delays entirely impractical to the stated timescale required for the implementation of the DARC project. These considerations alone provide yet further confirmation as to why Brawdy is an especially misguided and poor choice, particularly versus multiple other suggested UK areas for an array.

DARC, as a project never actually proposed by the UK Ministry of Defence but expected to be subsidised by UK taxpayers, is a project that serves primarily to satisfy the United States’ ambitions of space expansionism rather than any actual stated goals of UK national security itself. It encourages the Dewisland peninsula to become the high-priority military target of foreign powers pursuing defence aims against the US, not the UK, and certainly not the thriving, local jewel-in-the-crown tourist area of Dewisland.

Where high-radiation, high-social impact military projects of DARC’s scale are more common in the other two Australian and Texan (US) regions where DARC radar sites are being proposed by AUKUS globally due to the large tracts of unpopulated land common to the geographies of both areas, I note that the the new generation of US military administrators pursuing DARC, now as in the 1990s when the then administration began to realise that the relatively population-dense National Park region of Dewisland is in no way comparable to such comparably low-impact brownfield regions, could well come once again to this realisation, and should be encouraged to do so.

I note on a related point that radiation safety expert Dr. Peleg, in his recommendations for PARC, points out that the only ways to reliably mitigate radiation health risks to the local population would either be to a) have there be large hills between the radar array and the human receptors (which can never be possible given the site’s elevated situation); or b) implement a large exclusion zone around the site, which can never be practicable given the population of the area.

The US’s proposition is desk-based, under-researched and poorly informed in a way that is entirely reminiscent of the same flawed conclusions about what it incorrectly assumed was the low population density, low economic value and low ecological sensitivity of the area that resulted in the last similar radar proposition in Dewisland ultimately being scrapped for the site, and the same campaign (PARC) achieving what was agreed by all, including the National Parks which gave it an award, to have been a perfectly meritorious and socially responsible aim.

At the time of writing, a petition against DARC has reached over 10,000 signatures in a very short time—a figure already much greater than the Dewisland population that would be visually and directly economically impacted by what would be the travesty of an enormous DARC radar array devastating our landscape, our local economy, our high-priority, sensitive animal habitats, and multiple other receptors.

I urgently encourage you to utilise all your influence as a decision-maker to ensure that DARC is scrapped as soon as possible. The issue is of utmost and growing importance to myself and a clearly extremely significant number of residents in my community, and it is an issue that will hold significant sway over my future voting behaviour concerning Town Council, County Council, Senedd and UK Parliamentary elections going forward.

I strongly support the suggestion by PARC for the Brawdy base (which is to be decommissioned in 2028) to be sold, as happened last time the US Navy evacuated the base, to expand the increasingly successful Brawdy Enterprise Park, creating more and better local jobs than any version of DARC would ever offer, as well as protecting the job losses and downturn that would be the inevitable consequence of such a damaging project as DARC. This seems to me, and in my view most others, an infinitely better outcome for our local community.

Many thanks for your attention.


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henry.tufnell.mp@parliament.uk, ben.lake.mp@parliament.uk, paul.davies@senedd.wales, samuel.kurtz@senedd.wales, cefin.campbell@senedd.wales, jane.dodds@senedd.wales, eluned.morgan@senedd.wales, joyce.watson@senedd.wales, cllr.mark.carter@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.bethan.price@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.jordan.ryan@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.pat.davies@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.nicola.gwynn@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.jamie.adams@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.steve.alderman@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.michelle.bateman@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.joshua.beynon@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.maureen.bowen@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.david.bryan@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.alistair.cameron@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.aaron.carey@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.di.clements@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.john.cole@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.alec.cormack@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.john.davies@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.terry.davies@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.alan.dennison@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.andrew.edwards@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.tim.evans@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.jonathan.grimes@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.brian.hall@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.simon.hancock@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.delme.harries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.jon.harvey@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.tessa.hodgson@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.david.howlett@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.michael.james@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.michael.john@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.rhys.jordan@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.phillip.kidney@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.paul.miller@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.peter.morgan@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.elwyn.morse@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.huw.murphy@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.claire.george@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.mel.phillips@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.neil.prior@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.shon.rees@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.david.simpson@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.rhys.sinnett@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.sam.skyrme-blackhall@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.michael.stoddart@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.vivien.stoddart@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.aled.thomas@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.vanessa.thomas@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.marc.tierney@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.anji.tinley@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.thomas.tudor@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.iwan.ward@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.michele.wiggins@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.tony.wilcox@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.chris.williams@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.jacob.williams@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.michael.williams@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.guy.woodham@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.simon.wright@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.steve.yelland@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, cllr.danny.young@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, clerk@stdavids.gov.uk, clerk@fishguardgoodwick-tc.gov.wales, townclerk@haverfordwesttown.co.uk, town.clerk@milfordhaventowncouncil.co.uk, caroline.coaker@btopenworld.com, npclerk@newport-pembs.co.uk, townclerk@neyland.org.uk, enquiries@pembroketowncouncil.co.uk, townclerk@pembrokedocktc.org.uk, tenbytowncouncil@btconnect.com, campaigntracker@parcagainstdarc.com


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