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We Can't Let This Go Ahead

A Drefach-felindre Action Group has called on planning chiefs to turn down an application for three new turbines at Blaen Bowi windfarm.

In the coming months Carmarthenshire Council's planning committee will consider an application by Windjen to erect a further three turbines alongside the existing three at Blaen Bowi.

But residents living in the shadow of the windfarm say the turbines have made their lives a misery. They claim the value of their properties have fallen and, as well as creating a noise nuisance, the turbines interfere with TV reception, create shadow flicker and have destroyed the landscape. Some residents also claim the turbines are responsible for health problems, including headaches, nausea and minor epileptic episodes.

The Blaen Bowi Action Group has lodged their objections to the new turbines in a letter to head of planning, Eifion Bowen.

Campaigner John Roworth said: "If this application is allowed to go ahead, it will be an absolute disgrace. We have to live with the awful whining noise they create - the thought of more going up is horrendous."

Mr Roworth claims a noise consultant, who carried out an environmental assessment on behalf of Windjen, said the turbines were creating... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
In the coming months Carmarthenshire Council's planning committee will consider an application by Windjen to erect a further three turbines alongside the existing three at Blaen Bowi.
 
But residents living in the shadow of the windfarm say the turbines have made their lives a misery. They claim the value of their properties have fallen and, as well as creating a noise nuisance, the turbines interfere with TV reception, create shadow flicker and have destroyed the landscape. Some residents also claim the turbines are responsible for health problems, including headaches, nausea and minor epileptic episodes.
 
The Blaen Bowi Action Group has lodged their objections to the new turbines in a letter to head of planning, Eifion Bowen.
 
Campaigner John Roworth said: "If this application is allowed to go ahead, it will be an absolute disgrace. We have to live with the awful whining noise they create - the thought of more going up is horrendous."
 
Mr Roworth claims a noise consultant, who carried out an environmental assessment on behalf of Windjen, said the turbines were creating 'tonality', a technical word for the whining noise - which they shouldn't do if they are functioning correctly.
 
Mr Roworth says he has written to Windjen and the turbine manufacturers, Nordex, but so far no progress has been made to correct the problem.
 
He said: "It's not just the level of the noise - it's the fact that it is constant and it grinds you down. It's all very well for people to talk about global warming, but they don't have to put up with the noise. If residents are suffering, something should be done about it."
 
However, Mr Roworth has praised Carmarthenshire Council's public protection department for their help in the matter.



Source: http://www.thisissouthwales...

MAR 15 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/1715-we-can-t-let-this-go-ahead
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