Turbines go ahead

Shape of things to come: The new turbine near Lancaster University
Shape of things to come: The new turbine near Lancaster University
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The company behind plans for ‘twin tower’ wind turbines on Pilling moss has revealed more details of its timetable.

REG Windpower, which obtained permission for the project on appeal about two years ago, has faced a series of post-appeal legal challenges from the Eagland Hill Action Group which tried to block the project.

The latest legal challenge failed earlier this year.

A spokesman said: “Laying of the access track has been done. It’s approximately 750m from Skitham Lane to the wind farm site.

“Piledriving has been completed. We are currently completing the foundations ready for the turbines to arrive.”

He said: “The turbines are scheduled to arrive this winter, with the wind farm expected to become operational in spring 2013. We don’t have more precise dates confirmed yet.”

Each tower will arrive in three sections, with the blades being delivered separately. In total there will be approximately 15 abnormal loads being taken to the site.

The spokesman denied claims by some rural residents that hedges and roads had been damaged during a trial run via the A6 and Longmoor Lane.

Commenting on the progress of the work, the spokesman said: “Erecting the turbines is very much dependent on the weather so it is impossible to forecast with any precision.

“Work on the wind farm site is progressing well and we anticipate turbines arriving this winter with the first generation of safe, clean renewable electricity expected in the spring.

“We contacted the nearest residents when construction work started and will do our utmost to minimise disruption and keep people informed throughout the process.

“We will also shortly be making contact with local people to discuss the community fund which will support good causes in the area throughout the life of the wind farm.”

A solo turbine, plans for which also sparked a backlash from residents, has been installed near Galgate.