EDDISBURY MP Stephen O’Brien has slammed developers for going ahead with plans to construct a wind monitoring mast at Bickerton.
Mr O’Brien chaired a meeting between angry residents and Banks Developments at the village hall on Monday, September 8, and he has been a parliamentary voice of opposition to the scheme since it began.
Last week, The Chronicle exclusively revealed that the 60m anometer would be built during the week commencing Monday, December 8.
It is feared among local protesters that the appearance of the wind monitoring mast is the first visible step towards Bickerton being the next location for a wind farm.
Mr O’Brien said: “I am deeply disappointed that, following the meeting with myself and local campaigners, Banks Developments has chosen not to take on board the genuine concerns of myself and local people about the damaging impact a turbine development at this location will have on one of the most beautiful areas in the Cheshire countryside.
“This is nothing short of environmental vandalism.”
The slim metal structure, which will measure wind speed and strength, will be in place for six months after which time the data stored will be analysed by developers.
If Bickerton is deemed a suitable site for wind renewable energy production then Banks have vowed to submit a planning application to the local authority.
Mr O’Brien promised to continue his support for protest group Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines.
He added: “I will be supporting and working closely with SWBT to have these proposals put where they belong – in the bin.”