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Portrait of a protest

North-east of the English city of Manchester, signs line local roads in protest against seven wind turbines proposed by UK firm United Utilities for the Denshaw Moor area. Since the development's announcement last year, the Saddleworth Moors Action Group has led a campaign to prevent the siting of the turbines in an area of strong conservation values.

Organised action: North-east of the English city of Manchester, signs line local roads in protest against seven, 115 metre wind turbines proposed by UK firm United Utilities for the Denshaw Moor area. Since the 14 MW development's announcement last year, the Saddleworth Moors Action Group has led a campaign to prevent the siting of the turbines in an area of strong conservation values.

A recent mass ramble saw around 150 people joined by local Councillor Ken Hulme, Member of the European Parliament Chris Davies, and two llamas (Romeo and Rosa) representing a local farm and tourist operation.

According to one local report, the wind plant proposal has been "postponed indefinitely" pending further consultation with English Nature and other concerned bodies. For its part, United Utilities has talked with around 50 organisations as part of its initial assessment and held an exhibition at a local school with further discussions involving 500 interviews.

Feelings clearly remain high, with the choice of Denshaw Moor proving controversial. Former television presenter and environmentalist, David Bellamy, earlier this year dismissed the wind farm as "totally and utterly useless." Sir Bernard Ingham from anti-wind farm group Country Guardian declared wind power "for the brain-washed and brain-dead."

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