East Lancs windfarm opponents cheers as turbine lorry breaks down

It’s an uphill task as lorries wind their way over narrow roads to Coal Clough windfarm

It’s an uphill task as lorries wind their way over narrow roads to Coal Clough windfarm

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

VILLAGERS cheered as the first delivery of an 110-metre turbine to an East Lancashire windfarm was temporarily halted yesterday.

But an oversized tow-truck managed to save the day on a track off Red Lees Road, Cliviger resulting in the cylindrical structures being safely delivered to Coal Clough windfarm.

Residents in Cliviger have been anticipating the arrival of eight new urban windmills for the ‘repowering’ of the windfarm.

The development comes amid concerns huge delivery trucks would shake the foundations of a number of 19th century properties en-route.

Residents also had concerns about the suitability of the access road built just past Spring View, and over open countryside to the site at Long Causeway.

Yesterday’s hour-long wait, after the initial West of Scotland low-loader encountered mechanical difficulties, was however only a brief glimmer of hope for neighbours.

With a 16-litre tractor unit on hand, the first upright was soon on its way, to kickstart a six-week process which will see turbine convoys, with police motorcycle outriders and escort vans, running from junction 12 of the M65, through Brierfield and along Casterton Avenue and Red Lees Road, in Burnley to their ultimate destination.

Bosses at Scottish Power are happy with their first day of operations – despite the early hiccup – and are pleased they managed to negotiate the village’s tight bends.

Last September a dry run saw the ‘abnormal load’ face difficulties on Red Lees Road, raising fears a plan ‘B’ route may be adopted through nearby Mereclough.

Neighbours insisted that another heavy vehicle, delivering a transformer to the site, also had problems in the early hours of last Thursday.

Retired postman Kevin Robinson, an ex-parish councillor who watched the delivery lorries, said: “They never had these problems when the original windfarm was constructed.”

Neighbour, Mick Smith, added: “They came up here with a massive transformer and got stuck the other day because there was not enough traction.

“The road is only paved so far and then it’s just hardcore.”

Another neighbour, added: “We always thought there would be problems but they said they had a traffic management plan.”

A Scottish Power Renewables spokesman said: “Generally the deliveries today have gone well and according to plan.

“We were pleased with progress through the main route after leaving the motorway.

“At the access road we had a tractor unit on standby to support the main haulage units.

“This is not uncommon on deliveries for turbine components, and the slight delay at the access road will not have any major impact on the wider delivery schedule.”

The next convoys are scheduled for tomorrow and Friday, when the first of the blades are expected to arrive. The turbines have been brought to the site from Liverpool docks by Spanish-owned manufacturer Gamesa.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:06pm Wed 30 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

Kevin Robinson obviously has a very short memory - he will recall that the old turbines are around 3 times smaller than the new ones, and as such it was a simple matter to take them up the Long Causeway on relatively normal vehicles.

Which is the way that they'll be bringing them back again, and the way that they've already brought the old transformers down.

And it wasn't a transformer that they took up anyway - it was two sections of pylon, a nacelle and a turbine housing.
Kevin Robinson obviously has a very short memory - he will recall that the old turbines are around 3 times smaller than the new ones, and as such it was a simple matter to take them up the Long Causeway on relatively normal vehicles. Which is the way that they'll be bringing them back again, and the way that they've already brought the old transformers down. And it wasn't a transformer that they took up anyway - it was two sections of pylon, a nacelle and a turbine housing. rudis_dad
  • Score: -2

2:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Bellypork says...

An exciting day then!!!!!!!!
An exciting day then!!!!!!!! Bellypork
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pendlerose says...

Get your facts straight it did not get stuck or break down.
The other truck was planned to pull the units up the hill to aid tranction using both trucks together.
Get your facts straight it did not get stuck or break down. The other truck was planned to pull the units up the hill to aid tranction using both trucks together. pendlerose
  • Score: 5

6:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mark anthony says...

Are bless them. Had a fun filled day out.
Are bless them. Had a fun filled day out. mark anthony
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Then the cheering villagers returned to their homes to put the electric kettle on for a brew, settle down in front of the telly, before getting the Hoover out to do a spot of cleaning and not forgetting putting the dishwasher and washing machine on.
Where do these people think electricity comes from? It's not "electrickery" as Wurzal Gummidge once said.
Then the cheering villagers returned to their homes to put the electric kettle on for a brew, settle down in front of the telly, before getting the Hoover out to do a spot of cleaning and not forgetting putting the dishwasher and washing machine on. Where do these people think electricity comes from? It's not "electrickery" as Wurzal Gummidge once said. A Darener
  • Score: 13

7:31am Thu 31 Jul 14

hasslem hasslem says...

A Darener wrote:
Then the cheering villagers returned to their homes to put the electric kettle on for a brew, settle down in front of the telly, before getting the Hoover out to do a spot of cleaning and not forgetting putting the dishwasher and washing machine on.
Where do these people think electricity comes from? It's not "electrickery" as Wurzal Gummidge once said.
catweazle not gummidge
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Then the cheering villagers returned to their homes to put the electric kettle on for a brew, settle down in front of the telly, before getting the Hoover out to do a spot of cleaning and not forgetting putting the dishwasher and washing machine on. Where do these people think electricity comes from? It's not "electrickery" as Wurzal Gummidge once said.[/p][/quote]catweazle not gummidge hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 3

7:51am Thu 31 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Thank you HH I stand corrected, you are quite correct. Memory not what it was, old age creeps one. But loved both characters.
Thank you HH I stand corrected, you are quite correct. Memory not what it was, old age creeps one. But loved both characters. A Darener
  • Score: 1

10:51am Thu 31 Jul 14

Lancslad01 says...

wind,sun,wavepower is the future and it has to happen to release the stranglehold that gas and oil companies have had us in for years...
wind,sun,wavepower is the future and it has to happen to release the stranglehold that gas and oil companies have had us in for years... Lancslad01
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree