Removing Wind Turbines From The South Pennines


Chelker Wind Farm was the first in Britain to be dismantled, and offers a glimpse of the future, a time when the Pennines revert back to their pre-turbine state. Locals delighted when the environmental blight they had endured for two decades was finally removed. The turbines at Chelker were relics of a bygone era (only twenty years ago!), barely half the size of modern units, but rather than replace them, decommissioning was deemed the preferable option. Of course, Chelker was built on grassland rather than peat bog, so the environmental damage was a fraction of that created by modern installations on the moor tops. But still, the removal of the Chelker turbines should give hope to everyone that these contraptions don't last forever!