Scout Moor Wind Farm expansion plan update

Date published: 31 January 2017

The Scout Moor Wind Farm Public Inquiry was held in October 2016. The Planning Inspector has a deadline to submit his report to the Secretary of State by the 28 February. The Secretary of State will then make the final decision.

Rochdale Ramblers met with various agencies including the Open Spaces Society to discuss the decommissioning bond, this is money that has to be put on one side to fund the decommissioning of the turbines at the end of their life. If no money is set aside the cost could fall on the public purse.

Roy Thorniley, Footpath and Countryside Secretary of Rochdale Ramblers, said: “We have lobbied MPs and government departments.

“The research group Wood Mackenzie recently warned that taxpayers are facing a £24 billion pound bill for decommissioning the North Sea oil and gas fields so it’s important that the cost of decommissioning any future wind turbines is resolved.”

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