DETERMINED campaigners have hired a top legal team to the tune of £130,000 to defeat plans for a wind farm in Bickerton.
Funding efforts were revealed to a packed audience of concerned residents at a meeting hosted by protest group Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines.
They are opposed to Banks Developments’ 60m wind monitoring mast currently positioned on farmland off Long Lane which, if positive results are returned, could pave the way for a five 125m steel turbine wind farm.
Already £80,000 has been pledged to the campaign but a further £50,000 is required to meet the fees of the lawyers and specialists assigned to the initiative.
At the meeting, residents were given a presentation and had the opportunity to view a scale model of a wind turbine.
SBWT chairman Mike Voisey said: “Feedback from the meeting has been entirely positive and it is evident we have the backing of the vast majority of the local community.
“The team is committed to fighting this at local planning level, at appeal level before the Planning Inspectorate and to judicial review if necessary.
“We cannot let the natural heritage of Cheshire be destroyed in this way.”
Last week, plans for a wind turbine development in the neighbouring parish of Rushton, near Tarporley, were announced by Cornwall Light and Power. A public exhibition will be held on May 1.