A BENEFIT fund for people affected by Peel Energy’s wind farm has been described as a ‘ridiculously low figure’ by a community leader.
Frodsham and Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Andrew Dawson said: “Peel has offered between £1,500 and £2,000 per built megawatt of power generated by the proposed wind farm, amounting to around £120,000 per year over 25 years - hopelessly inadequate bearing in mind how close the development would be to so many residents.”
“It also tells us something when improved glazing for all homes within two miles of the proposed wind farm is among a list of 40 possible projects Peel has given out for how the money could be used,” added Frodsham Town Councillor Graham Bondi.
“There was a disappointingly small amount on the table and Peel had started at a ridiculously low figure.”
Frodsham Town Council, which has objected to the proposed wind farm, is one of several communities which would be affected by the development – including Helsby, Elton, Ince, Hapsford and Dunham Hill – that are represented at regular meetings with Peel, arranged by Cheshire West and Chester Council, to negotiate details of a community benefit fund.
Frodsham Town Council has agreed to join other communities to continue group negotiations with Peel about the details of a community benefit fund and how the money would be divided.