Controversial wind turbines to be delivered next week

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Turbine components for a controversial new wind farm development in Cliviger are set to be delivered to the site next week.

Scottish Power Renewables has announced the parts for eight new 110m high wind turbines will start to arrive on Wednesday. They will be installed at Coal Clough wind farm, off Red Lees Road, to replace 24 turbines erected in 1992.

Energy bosses said the scheme will increase the total generating capacity of the windfarm from 9.6 megawatts to 16 megawatts.

But residents living near the development and the designated route have fought against it from the beginning, expressing concerns over road safety and damage to homes in the village. Last year people living along the route were furious when a lorry became stuck on a trial run.

Scottish Power said three to four abnormal loads would be delivered a day for around six weeks with a police and haulier escort.

Energy chiefs said the deliveries will arrive in convoy so as to avoid extended delays and there will be no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or bank holidays.

But they said there could be minor delays in Burnley and Brierfield between 9-30am and 3-30pm

The route has been agreed in advance with Lancashire County Council and the police, and will see the turbines transported from junction 12 of the M65 at Brierfield, along Colne Road, Casterton Avenue, Eastern Avenue, Queen’s Park Road, Ridge Avenue, Brunshaw Road and Red Lees Road.

Mr Gerry Gibson, project manager at Scottish Power Renewables, said: “We are pleased with the progress on the project so far, and have now completed the vast majority of the civil engineering works at site. A great deal of planning has been carried out in relation to the turbine deliveries, and we have worked closely with the local authorities and the police to carefully consider the route and the timings of the deliveries. We would like to thank the community for their co-operation so far, and we hope that our planning will keep any inconvenience to a minimum during the delivery of the wind turbines.”

The laying of tracks and civil engineering work is now nearly complete. The project is expected to be fully commissioned by late autumn.