AFTER years of campaigning, the fight to stop giant wind turbines ‘overshadowing’ Frodsham is officially over – as it would be too great a risk to council tax payers’ money.
Three weeks after the Secretary of State granted permission for Peel Energy to build a 19-turbine wind farm on Frodsham Marshes, Cheshire West and Chester Council has abandoned its battle against the decision.
The authority had initially announced it hoped to challenge the outcome of the public inquiry, believing the concerns and overwhelming sentiments of the local communities were ‘ignored’ in favour of hitting a ‘quota for renewable energy’.
But yesterday, a spokesman for CWaC revealed the authority would not be seeking a judicial review into the wind farm after its lawyers advised them it didn’t have any legal grounds to challenge the decision.
Speaking to The Chronicle, CWaC spokesman Ian Callister said the council had hoped to challenge the Government’s ‘disappointing’ decision, but it would be a massive risk at the taxpayers’ expense to fight the ‘doomed’ case.
“This council strongly objected to the wind farm proposal and, of course, represented those objections at the enquiry,” said Mr Callister.
“When that decision went against us, we instructed counsel to advise on the possibilities of seeking judicial review. Sadly, we have now been advised we have no grounds for such action.
“In the light of that legal opinion it would be plainly irresponsible to risk large amounts of council tax payers’ money – probably in the region of £100,000 – to pursue a case doomed to failure.”