GIANT wind turbines could one day be built in Kelsall and Ashton Hayes after the green light was given for two weather stations to be put up in the villages.
Chester City Council granted planning permission for the 10m high anometers to be used as part of the pioneering Ashton Hayes Carbon Neutral project.
The wind monitoring masts will be in place on land near Ashton Hayes Primary School and at Longley Lane, Kelsall, for 12 months after which time it will be decided whether those sites are suitable for wind turbines.
Project manager Garry Charnock said: “The weather stations are not just about measuring wind as they measure solar radiation as well. We are just investigating as part of our study at the moment.
“If indeed we found that there was sufficient wind around here then we would say that it is an option to develop it but we would go to the community and see what they thought first.”
Ashton Hayes Parish Council chairman Hugo Deynem said that although wind turbines being built in both villages is in the distant future, it was a possibility.
He said: “That cannot be denied but it’s not a done deal.
“They are just looking at whether the two sites are suitable for wind renewable energy production.
Members of neighbouring Kelsall Parish Council support the environmental project in Ashton but are concerned as they say they were not consulted by Chester City Council as part of the planning process for the Longley Lane weather station.
Parish council chairman John Leather said: “We are not aware that there has not been any consultation and I am planning to speak to both Ashton Hayes Parish Council and the city council. People are concerned.”
Kelsall resident and member of Chester’s environment forum John Hammond added: “Our main concern is with the lack of communication. Kelsall Parish Council were not aware of it until the meeting last week and the application had been already sent to the planning board.”
But Chester City Council say they notified both parish councils of the planning applications in August and gave members the opportunity to voice their opinions.
A spokesman said: “The planning officers are satisfied that all of the procedures have been adhered to.
“A letter of notification was sent out, dated August 26, to Kelsall Parish Council informing them of what was being proposed and inviting them to make their views known.”
The Ashton Hayes Carbon Neutral Project, coordinated by the University of Chester and supported by Ashton Hayes Parish Council, is investigating how renewable sources can provide energy for the village and hopefully provide a prototype plan for the whole of the country.