A CHESHIRE MEP has backed determined campaigners in their fight against wind farm developers.
UKIP’s Paul Nuttall, who serves the North West of England, has pledged his support to protest group Stop Bickerton Wind Turbine (SBWT).
Durham-based firm Banks Developments is planning to build five 125m-high wind turbines on farmland south-east of Chester.
Mr Nuttall, who sits on the European Union’s environment committee, recently met with local protesters at the proposed site off Long Lane and vowed to try and stop any future wind-farm plans coming to fruition.
He said: “The public is being hoodwinked by this witchcraft of the modern age.
“These wind farms are being foisted on us to meet totally unrealistic renewable energy targets set by unelected EU bureaucrats. They are not the answer to our energy problem.
“I was horrified to learn that there are fears that the nearest homes could be well under one kilometre from the turbines.
“Bickerton is set in some of the finest countryside in Cheshire and the local authorities are spending time and money encouraging tourism.
“How can that possibly tie in with ugly wind turbines?Š”
Banks Developments’ renewables projects director Rob Williams said the firm was still undecided on whether or not Bickerton is a suitable wind-farm location.
“We have yet to confirm the proposed location of any turbines, nor indeed whether any wind farm proposal will be put forward at all,” he said.
“We are always very happy to meet all interested parties to discuss any queries and would be pleased to sit down with Mr Nuttall at his convenience once a decision has been taken on whether and how this proposed scheme might be progressed.”