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This scheme is not the answer  

A protest group is setting out its plans to stop what they believe is a ‘totally unacceptable’ scheme to create a wind farm which would ‘blight’ scores of communities.

The Stop Aston Windfarm group (SAW) is conducting a leaflet campaign to residents in Aston, Sutton Weaver, Frodsham, Acton Bridge, Dutton, Kingsley and Crowton.

SAW claim the wind turbines at Aston Village, whose tips would be the same height as Frodsham Hill, would dominate the local landscape and be visible for up to 20 kilometres.

The scheme by developer Tegni Cymru was thrown out by Vale Royal Borough Council last December on the grounds it would be an inappropriate development and a noisy eyesore.

The Stop Aston Windfarm group (SAW) claimed victory – but Tegni Cymru appealed against the decision, forcing campaigners to fight on.

The issue will be decided at a public inquiry in April and SAW says its main objective now is “to make sure the thousands of people likely to be affected are aware that the threat has not gone away.”

The group also aims to raise £12,000 to pay for professional representation at the public inquiry which could go on for weeks.

The campaign group has already received pledges of continued support from Frodsham Town Council, Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall, and the chair of Cheshire and Warrington Tourist Board, Mike Cooksley.

SAW spokesman, Ian Leather, who is clerk to Aston Parish Meeting, said: “All residents involved in our campaign are concerned about climate change but this appalling proposal – which is truly the wrong scheme in the wrong place – is not the answer.

The site is surrounded by rural villages and is enjoyed by residents and visitors for walking, cycling and horseriding and is a haven for wildlife.”

To support the campaign can contact Mr Leather on 01928 751684 or see www.stopastonwindfarm.net

Chester Chronicle

23 November 2007

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