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Gale of protest to beautyspot wind farm  

A wind farm would turn a popular beauty spot into an eyesore, say campaigners.

Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines (SBWF) is fighting plans to install a 60m wind monitoring mast off Long Lane, Bickerton. They fear it could pave the way for a five-turbine wind farm.

The action group is urging tourists, walkers, cyclists and horse riders who visit Bickerton Hill and the nearby Sandstone Trail to oppose an application submitted by Banks Development.

SBWF spokeswoman Lynne Lomax said: “If the turbines are built, they could be as high as 125m and visible for miles.

“The proposed site lies between two 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, horse riders and cyclists from many counties who treasure this area for its peace and tranquillity.”

The National Trust, which owns and manages Bickerton Hill and its Site of Special Scientific Interest, is objecting to the plan.

SBWT is urging residents to register support on www.stopbickertonwindturbines.co.uk and write objections to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.

Application P07/1432 is due to go before the development control committee on February 7 at 2.30pm

by Barry Ellams, Whitchurch Herald

iccheshireonline

18 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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