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Wind turbines arrive at Swinford wind farm

The first components for 11 turbines to be constructed on a wind farm near Swinford have arrived on site.

A special road from the M1 motorway had to be laid to get the 45 metre-long blades across a farm in south Leicestershire on Monday.

Vattenfall said it expected the turbines to be erected by August and to be producing electricity for 12,300 homes later this year.

Villagers from Swinford protested in 2008 over the proposals.

Members of the Swinford and Walcote Windfarm Action Group claimed the plan would damage the environment.

The energy firm's plans for an 11-turbine wind farm were approved in December 2009.

Vattenfall said 83 further loads containing turbine components were expected in the coming weeks.

It said: "We anticipate that one convoy will travel daily, meaning that there will now be approximately 10 minutes of traffic management in place per day on Swinford Road for the remainder of the deliveries."

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