Turbine brings wind of change to skyline

The new wind turbine in Fleetwood
The new wind turbine in Fleetwood

Fleetwood residents have been startled by a tall new landmark which appeared in the town virtually overnight.

The towering wind turbine, which can be seen from several vantage points across the town, has been erected at Unitied Utilities wastewater treatment works off Jameson Road.

The view of the wind turbine from Grange Road

The view of the wind turbine from Grange Road

Reaching 255ft at its tallest point, the turbine will provide much of the renewable energy needed to run the wastewater treatment works. Planning permission was granted for the turbine last year, following a public consultation at Fleetwood Library in January 2014, where members of the public viewed the plans. Last Wednesday the structure was finally erected, causing a stir among residents because of its size and the speed with which it went up.

Coun Ruth Duffy, Mount ward representative said: “ I have seen the wind turbine and personally I do not have an issue with it.

“We did highlight the planning application at the time. I would rather see these dotted around the country than fracking wells.

“They are clean energy and there are no environmental concerns as with fracking or underground gas storage. We will however monitor for any noise nuisance but hopefully it will be a landmark into the town.”

We did highlight the planning application at the time. I would rather see these dotted around the country than fracking wells.

Coun Ruth Duffy

The single wind turbine stands up to 164ft with a blade length of 91ft. At its highest point, with one turbine blade upright, it is almost half the size of Blackpool Tower which is 518ft tall.United Utilities energy manager Gregor Hogarth said that by investing in wind turbine power, the company would become less reliant on the National Grid to manage operations and it’s also very beneficial for the environment.

He said: “As a responsible company, we’re committed to running our business in a way which protects and enhances the environment.”