A TOP councillor has hit out at proposals for a mini wind-farm near Birdsedge.
Just three years after a heated campaign to block two wind turbines at nearby Pool Hill, Kitchenroyd, Denby Dale, was won, residents are on high alert following the installation of a wind speed measuring mast last week between Windmill Lane and Quarry Farm.
A formal planning application is yet to be submitted, but leader of the Kirklees Council Conservatives, Clr Jim Dodds, said he had been tipped off that a local farmer was planning to install up to five 125m tall turbines on land between Birdsedge and High Flatts.
And a Kirklees Council planning spokesman confirmed that they had been approached for advice on a pre-application environmental impact survey.
But the spokesman said it was very early days and the application might not be submitted for several months.
Clr Dodds said: “I already have residents calling me voicing their displeasure about this.
“Much like the ones at Pool Hill, they are too tall and they are too close to the settlements and I will be opposed to the application.
“They are just too big for the area.
“There were over 1,000 objections to the Pool Hill turbines which was definitely the largest that Kirklees had ever had.
“I’m sure it will be similar for this one.”
The two year battle to block a pair of 125m turbines at Pool Hill, Kitchenroyd saw local people form their own action group, Residents Against Wind turbines (RAW).
RAW was backed by Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, Clr Dodds and former Labour councillor Maggie Blanshard.
At the time Clr Dodds, who represents the Denby Dale ward, claimed the turbines would have been the “biggest ever built in Britain”.
Opposition to the plan was so fierce that fellow ward councillor Elaine Ward took the radical decision to withdraw from the planning-sub committee so she could join the fight.
And RAW members were even featured on Yorkshire Television as they arranged a protest meeting at Scissett Working Men’s Club.
Protesters were eventually victorious when the application was withdrawn in 2006.