Just as Brian and myself were finishing up our activation of Common Hill a LandRover drew up. I had a chat with driver who was intrigued to know what was happening with a fishing rod in the wind and rain. Having explained about SOTA he went to tell me about all that’s happening on this site.
Major construction works start from Monday 22nd October 2007 with the erection of 20x 1.3MW wind turbines. That means that from then until work finishes the area comes under Health and Safety at Work construction site rules. He stressed that the next 6 months will see 30ton dump trucks, 150ton cranes and many other very heavy vehicles driving up and down the road all day as the new access roads and foundations are built. Major construction is scheduled for 6 months with a further 6 months whilst the turbines are installed.
Now the area will not be off-limits but he welcomed the chance for me to post a notice to warn potential activators of the possible dangers that they may expose themselves to during this period. It may be well worth postponing visiting here until the work has finished.
He told me the site owner is happy for people to walk the land and to use the access road to gain the summit but only on foot or bicycle. Definitely no cars or motor bikes!