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MP backs wind farm opponents  

Campaigners aiming to fight plans to build a wind farm at Aston Grange have enlisted the help of MP Mike Hall.

The Stop Aston Windfarm group has been busy campaigning to make sure people in Vale Royal are kept up to date with the proposals at the site.

Last August, wind farm developer Tegni Cymru lodged an eleventh hour appeal against Vale Royal Borough Council’s decision to reject their plans to erect four 125m high wind turbines.

Mike Hall, MP for Weaver Vale, has backed the campaigners saying the farm should not be built.

He said: “It’s very much in the balance.

“The action group has set its sights on being absolutely prepared.

“It’s an astonishingly beautiful part of Cheshire and to have four massive turbines built would really spoil the environment and the view.”

The company took down a device to measure wind speeds in November but as yet Tegni have not published the results.

Mike added: “My suspicion is that the anemometer readings are so low that the turbines won’t make much energy.

“The company should be obliged to publish the readings and if they are keeping it a secret there must be a reason for it. We would then know how much energy the turbines would produce.”

SAW member Jonathan Newsham said the group wanted to highlight the campaign.

He said: “We are working with our advocate Geoff Sinclair, from the Environmental Information Services, who is advising us what we can do as local residents.

“He has made site visits so he can survey the site.”

The planning inquiry is scheduled for April but no firm date has been set.

Jonathan added: “We still feel there is a lack of public awareness about the inquiry.

“Even with the leaflet drops you still talk to people and it is suprising the number who think that is has gone away.

“Our fundraising is going well, and we have been using the money to retain Geoff’s services, so he can help us out.”

For more information visit stopastonwindfarm.net or call 01928 515214 .

By James Wilson

Northwich Guardian

14 January 2008

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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