Police will halt traffic in Edenfield for up to 30 minutes a day while 26 turbines are delivered to Scout Moor Wind Farm.
Over the next six months, commencing from November 19, tower sections, blades, gearbox equipment, electrical generators and other control mechanics will be delivered to the site from the Nordex manufacturing plant in Germany.
The last part of the journey will see the vehicles travelling on Blackburn Road to the quarry entrance in Edenfield.
Deliveries will have a police escort and will be taken daily from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 10am and 2pm to minimise disruption and avoid school runs.
Councillors have hit out at the plans saying that residents have not been given enough warning about the disruption.
Coun Darryl Smith for Eden ward, who opposes the windfarm, said: “Coun Cheetham and I have been asking for information on the wind turbine movements for months and months and have been requesting that residents are notified of the situation giving as much notice as possible but to no avail.
“In desperation we contacted the haulage company responsible for the transportation of the turbines who have been very helpful.
“They advised that the police intended to escort the turbine deliveries themselves and it would be straightforward, but now we have waiting restrictions and temporary road closures all of which will inconvenience residents and businesses in the village.
“Coun Cheetham and I are extremely angry at the lack of advanced notification – we hope the turbines are delivered quickly within the new guidelines limiting the impact to the village. We assure residents we’ll be monitoring the situation closely.”
The vehicles will have a maximum length of 44m and will be travelling slowly in conveys of three.
Between November and March there will be a no waiting’ restriction enforced between the hours of 10am to 2pm on the eastern side of Market Street.
During the 20 to 30 minute period between 10am and 2pm when the turbine delivery is being made the police will enforce a traffic movement restriction, allowing the vehicles to pass.
Lancashire County Council has prepared the route in anticipation of the turbine deliveries and have completed works to street furniture to allow the movement of the turbine delivery vehicles through Edenfield, and other sections of the public highway.
No turbines deliveries will be taken over the two week Christmas and New Year period, between December 21 and January, 3.
By Helen Korn
9 November 2007
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