MP steps up pressure over wind energy company plan in Keadby

A delivery vehicle taking the first turbine components to the Keadby wind farm site following months of enabling works in the area.

A delivery vehicle taking the first turbine components to the Keadby wind farm site following months of enabling works in the area.

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Campaigning MP Andrew Percy has again raised residents’ concerns over traffic congestion they fear will clog up roads as a 34-turbine wind farm is built in Keadby.

The Isle MP has already been in contact with North Lincolnshire Council and hopes to speak soon at length to officers to allay residents’ concerns.

He said: “I have been in contact with both the planning enforcement section at North Lincolnshire Council and also Scottish and Southern Energy to ask them to investigate residents’ concerns.

“We fought hard to ensure that a tough traffic management plan is in place and I know SSE are working hard to stick to these conditions.

“However, it is right that we ask them to investigate residents’ fears further.”

Motorists have already been warned they will face traffic disruption for six months while a new access bridge is built for the wind farm.

However, SSE Renewables has completed work on a new bridge which it says will enable easier and safer access for construction vehicles from the A18 without the need to travel through villages.

From the start of the project SSE have said they would put some of the profits generated from the project into nearby communities.

A community group was formed in January to keep residents informed during the construction phase of Keadby Wind Farm. The Community Liaison Group’s intention was to meet regularly in the Isle throughout the building of the 34 turbine development.

Representatives from the local parish councils, ward councillors, as well as staff from project leaders SSE and builders Balfour Beatty are part of the group.

But questions over traffic congestion still remain and residents are demanding answers.

North Lincolnshire Council Cabinet member for Assets, Coun John Briggs, said he was aware of residents traffic fears and was backing Andrew Percy calling for a resolution to the problem.

He added: “I too have received calls from concerned residents, and I am pleased that Andrew is able to take these up.

“Myself and Andrew have worked hard on the issue for a number of years and it is important Scottish and Southern Energy take all residents concerns about traffic problems very seriously.”

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