‘Wind farm will cause road deaths’

Coun Jeb Nightingale is worried there will be deaths on the B6060 as drivers take bends and are distracted by the Penny Hill wind farm G130510-3a
Coun Jeb Nightingale is worried there will be deaths on the B6060 as drivers take bends and are distracted by the Penny Hill wind farm G130510-3a
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A notorious accident black spot could turn into a death trap if drivers are distracted by the new wind farm at Penny Hill, a councillor warns.

Coun Jeb Nightingale, who voted against the towering turbines when he was on Rotherham Council’s planning board, is worried about the impact on road users.

Coun Jeb Nightingale is worried there will be deaths on the B6060 as drivers take bends and are distracted by the Penny Hill wind farm G130510-3c

Coun Jeb Nightingale is worried there will be deaths on the B6060 as drivers take bends and are distracted by the Penny Hill wind farm G130510-3c

Coun Nightingale, who is chairman of Thurcroft Parish Council, stood at the roadside to demonstrate how some motorists are already putting their lives at risk on nearby Green Arbour Road.

The bad bend, between Laughton Common and Thurcroft has seen numerous accidents over the years, and some fatalities.

“You can see where cars have gone through the hedge in the past,” said Coun Nightingale.

“Just watch as they come around the bend towards Thurcroft - they are crossing the middle white line as they go around the corner.”

“It’s already a blind bend and I’m worried people will see the turbines and lose concentration on the road.”

“There will be another death before long.”

Coun Nightingale, 74, said he and his wife had experienced first hand the terror caused by drivers who stray over the white line.

“A car hurtled round the bend and must have been about a yard across the line,” he said.

“He was so far onto our side of the road I thought we’d had it. It was scary.”

Coun Nightingale said he thought the impact on road users had not been properly considered at the planning stage.

“I don’t think anyone took this road into consideration when the application was put in,” he said.

“I was on the borough council for ten years until I finished last year. And I objected to the application when I sat on the planning board, and so did Thurcroft Parish Council.”

“Now it’s too late and people are realising what a distraction the turbines are.”

“Several people have spoken to me about the turbines, in particular how they loom over the M1 and M18.”

“It’s a natural thing for your eyes to be drawn to them. Why wasn’t it realised earlier?”

Six turbines were erected on land at Penny Hill, near Ulley, earlier this year, and they began turning in April.

The £21.9 million green energy project is run by Barlborough-based company Banks Renewables.

The site has created 30 jobs and will help Rotherham Council meet its renewable energy targets. But it has proved controversial, having been built in what is now a conservation area.