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Campaigners call on residents to unite against plans for a giant wind farm in Frodsham  

Credit:  by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle, www.chesterchronicle.co.uk 29 June 2011 ~~

Campaigners are calling on residents to fight against a giant wind farm which will cast a shadow “as high as Frodsham hill” across thousands of homes.

The call comes after the dates for the long awaited public inquiry into Peel Energy’s proposal to build 20 turbines on Frodsham Marshes were announced for November this year.

Campaigners are now calling on residents to unite against the turbines which they say will release toxic gas into the atmosphere, slaughter thousands of bats and birds, and even induce migraines and epileptic fits.

Prof John Dearden, from campaign group Residents Against The Wind farm (RAW) said that residents must voice their opinions to stop the detrimental plans becoming reality during the inquiry.

“There is a very strong feeling against the Wind Farm in the community which is due to a number of reasons,” said Prof Dearden.

“There will be a massive visual impact as the turbines will be almost as high as Frodsham hill, meaning that the tens of thousands of people will be living in their shadow.

“The noise they create is also a massive concern, in other places where they have been build people have been driven out of their homes by the noise, which can cause severe migraines and can be very distracting.

“The speed that the turbines move can also cause migraines and in rare cases induce epileptic fits, while thousands of birds and bats can be killed by the tips of the blades which are moving at around 190 miles an hour.”

Prof Dearden has been joined in his campaign by MP for Weaver Vale Graham Evans who expressed his hope that residents would register to attend the inquiry and over throw the proposals.

The announcement comes just days after a series of meetings for residents to voice what they want the £1.25million Community Benefit Fund, which Peel will present to surrounding communities if the proposals get the go ahead, to be spent on.

Both Frodsham, Helsby and Cheshire West and Chester Council continue to object to the proposals, but to date Halton Haven have voiced no objections.

The public inquiry will be help from November 22 to December 23 2011, residents are asked to register their interests during a pre-inquiry meeting on September 14. All meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn, Runcorn.

Source:  by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle, www.chesterchronicle.co.uk 29 June 2011

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