November 28, 2007

Councillor's frustration over windfarm hold-ups

A councillor has hit out at reported delays on work on a controversial £50m wind farm.

The project to build 26 Blackpool Tower-sized wind turbines at Scout Moor, Edenfield, has been held-up after some of the bolts sent to the site were incorrect.

This came after the construction of the turbines was first delayed when the delivery of parts in a shipment from Germany was hit by North Sea gales.

Neither problems were reported to have caused long delays to the project.

Councillor Anne Cheetham, from the Eden Ward, said that it was still very frustrating for the residents, who were having to put up with the delivery of parts through the village.

She said: “I have heard there have been some problems with the turbines.

“This is very frustrating, it is something that will not even benfit the villagers but has already caused disruption.

“It has been on the drawing board for so long that I am staggered that nobody has managed to get the logistics right.

“They started the work and suddenly realised that vital pieces are not the right size or shape.”

The controversial project was given planning permission two years ago despite opposition from local councillors and residents.

In total, there will be 26 turbines, each one measuring 518ft tall. They will each have a capacity of 65 megawatts and will provide enough electricity to power 30,000 homes.

Peel Holdings are funding the windfarm and the building work is being carried out by McNicholas Construction.

Neither firm was available for comment on the delay.

By Samrana Hussain

Lancashire Telegraph

28 November 2007

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