Posters backing the Observer’s fight against plans to build a windfarm at Crook Hill have mysteriously disappeared.
Members of campaign group, the Friends of the South Pennines, had displayed about 20 posters along the road to Watergrove Reservoir. But last weekend they all vanished.
Campaigner Bernice Clifton said the disappearance has left campaigners scratching their heads. “Every single poster has been taken down,” she said.
“They were all on private property and we had put them up with permission of the landowners so we presume it is not the council.
“And there is nothing left lying around so it doesn’t look like the work of teenagers. They have just vanished from the face of the earth.”
But she says the loss won’t detract from their campaign. For the last three weekends the Friends have set up a stall at Watergrove reservoir and have collected more than 250 letters of objection.
She added: “It just goes to show the strength of feeling against these plans. We have been speaking to people from all over the North West and we have had a really positive response.
“Everyone from walkers, horse riders and cyclists have been coming up to the stall asking us about the plans and I would say about three in four are against them. It has been really encouraging.”
Coronation Power hopes to build 12 125m high wind turbines in the moors between Watergrove Reservoir and Summit.
To object to the plans write to the Chief Planning Officer, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, PO Box 32, Telegraph House, Baillie Street, Rochdale, OL16 1JH.
Vanishing act … members of the Friends of the South Pennines with some the anti-windfarm posters that have mysteriously vanished from Watergrove Reservoir
By Damon Wilkinson
25 April 2007
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