A WIND farm would turn a popular beauty spot into an eyesore, say campaigners.
Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines (SBWF) is fighting plans to install a 60-metre wind monitoring mast off Long Lane, Bickerton. They fear it could pave the way for a five-turbine wind farm.
The action group is urging tourists, walkers, cyclists and horse riders who visit Bickerton Hill and the nearby Sandstone Trail to oppose an application submitted by Banks Development.
SBWF spokeswoman Lynne Lomax said: “If the turbines are built, they could be as high as 125 metres and would be visible for miles.
“The proposed site lies between two Areas of Special County Value for Landscape and will be clearly visible from the nearby Sandstone Trail.
“They will ruin the enjoyment of thousands who treasure this area for its peace.”
The National Trust, which owns and manages Bickerton Hill and its Site of Special Scientific Interest, is objecting to the plan.
Visit Chester and Cheshire chairman Mike Cooksley said: “We are not against renewable energy but wind farms have to be sympathetic. We are trying to promote the beauty and tranquility of rural Cheshire which has become very important for the secondary holiday market.”
Rob Williams, director of renewables at Banks Development, wrote to The Chronicle to clarify proposals.
He said: “The mast would be a slender metal structure around 20cm in diameter and up to 60 metres tall. Such structures are not visually prominent from a distance. At least six months’ worth of data would be gathered from this mast before a decision was made about whether or not the location had potential.”
SBWT is urging residents to register support on www.stopbickertonwindturbines.co.uk and write objections to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
Application P07/1432 is due to go before the development control committee on February 7 at 2.30pm