A GROUP has reformed in protest against wind farm developers targeting the Cheshire countryside.
Members of Cheshire Against Rural Turbines are mounting a challenge to Cornwall Light and Power’s adopted plans at Oxheys Farm, Rushton, near Tarporley.
ChART has already witnessed NPower’s previous proposals withdrawn in 2005 and they are now hoping to blow away the Cornish firm’s proposals for up to five huge wind turbines.
Part of the protest group’s campaign includes a large blow-up airship which will be flown on land close to Oxheys farm.
The blimp will be flown this Sunday during the Tarporley Races, formerly the Cheshire Hunt Point-to-Point, meeting in nearby Alpraham.
A ChART spokeswoman said: “The threat of a massive industrial scale wind power station has been hanging over the parish of Rushton and the villages of Eaton and Tarporley for the past six years.
“In order to raise the local public’s awareness of the drastic effect the power station will have on the landscape, our first move will be to fly a blimp at the same height as the tips of the turbine blades this Sunday.”
Local fears that Cornwall Light and Power was preparing to submit a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council this summer have been somewhat allayed after it was announced it was establishing a community liaison group before finalising plans.
Project developer Simon Pipkin said: “Over the coming months we will analyse all the information collected through our research and we will present our final proposed scheme to the community later this year before any application is submitted.”