CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to erect two wind turbines within the Roaches estate are stepping up their protest after 70 posters they had printed and erected around the area were removed.
The news comes after a parish council and a MP added weight to their fight.
Last week the Post & Times revealed that two planning applications have been submitted to erect wind turbines around the Roaches, which sits on the Leek to Buxton Road and attracts thousands of tourists each year.
The estate has recently been leased to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust from the Peak District National Park Authority.
Now two applications have been received for a 50kw turbine at Old Hay Top Farm, Swythamley, near Rushton Spencer, and another at Higher Wetwood Farm, Meerbrook.
Both turbines would have an overall height to blade tip of 34.2 metres (112 feet).
A spokesman for the campaigners said it was not known who took the posters down.
He added: “We have printed posters and erected them.
However they have all be taken down.
“We are now printing flyers and distributing them to people around the area.
“We are also focusing on submitting an objection to the Peak Park.
“A petition is also being set up and we urge people to contact the Peak Park with their thoughts.”
An advertising trailer opposing the turbines has also been sited on land at a busy junction near to Gunn Hill Kennels.
Last week members of Leekfrith Parish Council debated the applications. Chairman Bob Foster told the Post & Times: “The parish council voted against both applications.
“Their view will now be sent to the Peak District National Park Authority, which will decide on the two planning applications.
“The council is objecting on the detrimental affect the turbines would have on what is great landscape in the Peak Park and also to the close proximity on neighbouring properties.
“There is legislation in place to protect the natural beauty of the landscapes. The council feels it is in the national interest to look at keeping the park has pristine as possible.”
Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley has also stepped into the row.
She said in an email to campaigners: “I have long been opposed to wind turbines being erected in inappropriate places. I believe the best place for them is usually out at sea rather than in the beautiful parts of Staffordshire Moorlands.
“However, individual planning applications are a matter for local councillors and, unfortunately, I am prevented from getting involved in their decisions.
"I know that many people are really upset about the prospect of wind turbines close to their homes and I have contacted the Secretary of State and local authorities, as well as councillors, on my constituents’ behalf to make the strength of their concerns known.”
A decision is expected on both applications within the next six to eight weeks by the Peak District National Park Authority.