Villagers say they have “grave” concerns over the transport of wind turbines through their neighbourhood.
Residents of Edenfield are worried that their streets will be unable to cope when the 26 wind turbines destined for Scout Moor on the Rochdale border are moved through the village.
The wind turbines will be taken through Market Street, the village’s main road which is lined with houses and is often double parked, and then along Rochdale Road to the site by wind farm owners, Peel Wind Power.
However residents are calling for the exact information on when the movements are to begin and who will foot the bill should a misshap occur.
Coun Anne Cheetham, who lives in Gincroft Lane, said some of Market Street had been resurfaced with chippings and a traffic island had been removed in preparation for the movement.
But she said that residents would have to move their vehicles from the narrow streets but had not received any information about when they would have to do this.
She said that they were also concerned about whether any damage caused to vehicles or other property as a result of the movement would be covered under the company’s insurance.
Coun Cheetham said: “What we are waiting for as residents of Edenfield is when the movement of turbines is going to take place.
“We keep getting different messages and it has to be planned by Lancashire County Council. Certain street furniture will have to be removed and none of the residents have had information about parking and insurance and these are things that are going to affect people and it is causing concern.”
Coun Cheetham also said in areas of Market Street there was very little pavement.
She added: “People have got grave concerns.”
Plans for the farm prompted fierce opposition from residents, environmentalists and borough and county councils, when they were announced in 2004, and the protest led to a public inquiry.
When the Secretary of State approved the plans, campaigners did not give up the fight, and celebrity botanist David Bellamy led a protest march last year, while Rossendale MP Janet Anderson continued to lobby the Government.
A final attempt was then made by Edward Smethurst, a solicitor from Norden, but he halted his judicial review when he realised it could not succeed and work began on the site at the beginning of this year.
Kieron Tames, assistant estates surveyor for Peel Wind Power, said a website had been set up to keep people up to date with the construction, including delivery of the turbines which they expect to begin in November and take until March next year.”
The site can be found at www.scoutmoorwindfarm.co.uk.
By Kelly Livesey
1st August 2007
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