Campaigners fighting plans which could result in a wind turbine power station in a South Cheshire beauty spot are urging residents to join the battle.
A newly formed action group is preparing to oppose Banks Developments Ltd which is proposing to erect a wind monitoring mast at the foot of Bickerton Hill.
Residents fear that, if successful, the proposal could pave the way for the installation of a number of industrial wind turbines possibly more than 120 metres in height – as tall as the hill itself.
The group argues that such a development would result in destruction of the landscape, noise disturbance and potential loss of earnings to local businesses.
Supporters are being urged to register at www.stopbickerton windturbines.co.uk, and to write or e-mail their objections immediately to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council planning officers. The planning proposal is due to come before the planners in early February.
Spokeswoman Lynne Lomax said: “If the turbines are built, they will be visible for miles and will be higher than the skyline.
“The proposed site lies between two Cheshire County Council designated Areas of Special County Value for Landscape and will be clearly visible from the nearby Sandstone Trail.
“They will ruin the enjoyment of thousands of walkers from many counties who treasure this area for its peace and tranquillity.
“We have already had hundreds of pledges of support and we will be out in force, talking to the visitors who tell us the Bickerton Hill is their ‘lung of the countryside’.”
Rob Williams, Banks Developments Ltd’s renewables projects director, said: “The mast would be a slender metal structure around 20cm in diameter and up to 60 metres tall and supported by guy wires. Such structures are not visually prominent when viewed from a distance.”
by James A. Oliver
16 January 2008
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