MASSIVE turbines were seen by councillors who visited a wind farm in Lancashire to get an idea of the likely effects of controversial proposals to build one on Frodsham and Helsby marshes.
A group of Frodsham town councillors went on a tour of Peel Energy’s wind farm at Scout Moor, but Cllr Dennis Taylor said it was a cold, foggy, windless day and the 26 turbines were motionless and silent.
“They were not fully operating so it was difficult to judge, but the wind farm obviously hasn’t deterred people from using the area for leisure,” said Cllr Taylor.
“I saw walkers and cyclists and, not too far away, there was a gymkhana going on.”
Cllr Graham Bondi said Peel Energy’s plans for 20 wind turbines – 13 at the Helsby end and seven at the Frodsham end of the marshes – would be too close to public footpaths and ‘a lot of people will find them off-putting’.
He said: “The Scout Moor turbines are in a more random pattern, but when you get close up they are alarmingly large.”
Cllr Tony Hinkins said: “The Scout Moor wind farm is on top of a hill and you can only see a few turbines at a time, and they are a long way from any large number of houses.”
A public meeting on the proposal has been called by Frodsham Town Council and will take place at 8pm tomorrow (Friday) at Frodsham Community Centre.