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Chaos on the way as turbines start to arrive  

Work to erect the turbines at the Scout Moor windfarm above Norden started this week.

Parts for the 26 turbines will be shipped in from Germany over the next six months and will be transported up to the moor by lorries under police escort.

One three-lorry convoy is set to arrive each day from this week.

They will follow a route along the M62, M60 and M66 before going through Edenfield to the Scout Moor quarry entrance.

The deliveries will cause traffic chaos in the Edenfield area, with several roads being closed for up to 30 minutes between 10am and 2pm every Monday to Saturday.

No deliveries will be taken between 21 December and 3 January.

Councillor Ann Metcalfe, who led the protests against the windfarm, said the impact on the surrounding area would now become apparent.

She added: “Within the next couple of weeks, when people start to see these turbines going up, they will realise it is finally happening and the problems will start to hit home.

“It is a sad day because all this money and work could have been spent much better educating people about conserving energy in the home or investing in double glazing and other energy-saving methods.

“The windfarm at Scout Moor is just a token gesture that will do more harm than good.”

A statement from Peel Holdings, the firm behind the plan, said: “The route was considered during the public inquiry and deemed appropriate by the Secretary of State.

“In addition Nordex, the manufacturer of the turbine, who will be responsible for delivery of the turbines to site, have been granted the necessary permits by the Highways Agency for large vehicles.

“Lancashire County Council has prepared the route in anticipation of the turbine deliveries.

“Every effort has been made to reduce any disruption to local residents and road users to a minimum.”

Permission for the windfarm was granted in 2005 by then energy minister Malcolm Wicks following a long public protest led by campaign group the Friends of Scout Moor, which also involved Professor David Bellamy.

Each turbine will be two-thirds the height of Blackpool Tower.

By Damon Wilkinson

Rochdale Observer

21 November 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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