Countryside is being “destroyed”, says a protester, as the first 120-metre wind turbines went up at Wadlow Wind Farm.
The site is in picturesque West Wratting, seven miles south-east of Cambridge.
The application for the site, which will generate 26 megawatts of energy a year, enough to supply 15,000 homes, was turned down twice by South Cambridgeshire District Council and was opposed by seven nearby parish councils.
Renewable energy firm RES was finally given the green light in November 2009 by a Government planning inspector and work on laying the foundations began last year.
West Wratting resident Robert Barlow was part of the campaign group Stop Wadlow Wind Farm, which raised £60,000 for its case against the wind farm.
Mr Barlow said it was an “unfolding tragedy”.
He added: “The idea that Wadlow Wind Farm is good for the environment is ludicrous. If you look at the devastation on the hill top, it’s not going to even recover its own carbon footprint. It’s just a disaster.
“They’ve destroyed one of the few remaining chalk pit areas in Cambridgeshire. This is a terrible day for Cambridgeshire countryside.”
Sisse McCall, vice-chairman of West Wratting Parish Council, said: “It’s very much a work in progress at the moment and I haven’t heard many comments about it yet.
“You can see them from quite a wide area and there are some parts of the village, like near Green End Cottages, where you can see them from top to tail. The full impact will not be known until all 13 turbines are up and running.”
Noel Breslin, RES construction site manager, told the News the erection of the first turbine was “a major milestone”.
“It means that we are now just months away from being able to generate clean, green electricity that will help to secure a reliable, home-grown energy supply for the UK for years to come.”
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