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Last Updated: Monday, 11 July, 2005, 19:21 GMT 20:21 UK
Residents oppose wind farm plans
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Protesters said the turbines will be seen from Merseyside
People living near the site of a proposed wind farm in Cheshire have said it will dominate the landscape and be a blight on local communities.

Welsh developer Tegni Cymru Cyf plans to put up four 410ft (135m) turbines near Aston in the Weaver Valley.

Protesters said the wind farm will be highly visible from parts of Merseyside and Cheshire including Warrington, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham and Liverpool.

Huw Smallwood, of Tegni Cymru Cyf, said wind power was "the way forward".

Renewable energy

The company director said: "I do sympathise with residents but what are the alternatives?

"Oil prices will keep on rising, we will be reliant on other countries for gas and there is no such thing as safe nuclear power.

"Cheshire has a renewable energy target of 48 megawatts and these four turbines will provide 25% of Cheshire's target.

"The reason they are large is to maximise the energy output."

Protesters said the turbines will be taller than the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope.

Mike Cooksley, chairman of the Cheshire and Warrington Tourism Board, said: "This development will be like a knife thrust into the heart of one of the counties most beautiful rural areas.

"It will be like a steel noose placed around the mouth of River Weaver Valley and could seriously jeopardise the planned Weaver Valley Regional Park that is being developed along the whole length of the river Weaver from Frodsham to Crewe."

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