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Leaflet drop to announce when turbines on way  

Leaflets explaining arrangements for the transportation of wind turbines through Edenfield are set to be distributed by Lancashire County Council.

Members of the Lancashire Local Rossendale committee said residents had been left in the dark over plans to bring 26 turbines through the village to the Scout Moor site.

They urged the highways department to get in touch with villagers the week before the vehicles began the transportation process.

Vehicles will be banned from parking in Market Street while the turbines are transported slowly through the village on specially-adapted lorries.

The turbines will be delivered and installed at a rate of two per week, starting early next month.

The site is expected to be up and running by June next year.

But at the meeting at Bacup Leisure Hall on Monday, County Councillor Duncan Ruddick said Edenfield councillor Darryl Smith had been in touch with the company responsible for moving the turbines, but there had been no approach to residents by the county council’s highways officers.

He said: ‘Residents feel a little left out in terms of information as to what they are supposed to do to assist with the transportation of these turbines.

‘I don’t know whether alternative parking arrangements will be needed but it would be nice if somebody took responsibility for putting some information together.’

County Councillor Hazel Harding echoed his feelings, adding: ‘We need to advise people on the main roads that are going to be used of the dates and what will be expected of them; they may feel safer taking their cars off the main roads and if they know the dates they can make the decision.’

She suggested to Rossendale’s highways manager Daniel Herbert that the leaflet could be delivered the week before work was due to begin.

# Questionnaires on ‘Satisfaction in the Edenfield area’ were delivered to homes around the village this week.

Distributed by the Tanaka Business School at Imperial College, London, the 29-question survey asks whether residents feel a windfarm should have been allowed in their community, whether Scout Moor is visible from their homes and how often they visit the site.

Questions also ask how much villagers would be willing to pay in increased electricity bills for the windfarm not to be built and what they do to help the environment.

By Jenny Brookfield

Rossendale Free Press

26 October 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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