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A green dream or bad for our health?

The Co-operative Group, which hopes to build the wind farm on land near Langford and Biggleswade, has announced its plans for a package of community benefits, including an environmental education programme and a community trust fund. But meanwhile campaigners against the development have been distributing leaflets at school gates - warning that it could be a potential health time bomb. A couple from Enfield ...are urging people to sign an online petition asking the Government to enforce a buffer zone of at least two kilometres between industrial wind turbines and homes.

Debate picks up over Langford wind farm ahead of public meeting tomorrow

Debate over a proposed wind farm in Chronicle Country is gathering pace - with both sides upping the ante ahead of a public meeting tomorrow.

The Co-operative Group, which hopes to build the wind farm on land near Langford and Biggleswade, has announced its plans for a package of community benefits, including an environmental education programme and a community trust fund.

But meanwhile campaigners against the development have been distributing leaflets at school gates - warning that it could be a potential health time bomb.

A couple from Enfield, whose daughter and son-in-law live in Langford, are urging people to sign an online petition asking the Government to enforce a buffer zone of at least two kilometres between industrial wind turbines and homes - some of the planned turbines are less than 800m from the nearest house.

They say the turbines could cause sleep problems, headaches, dizziness and nausea, exhaustion and depressions, problems with concentration and tinitus.

In a letter to the Prime Minister they say: "More detailed research must be carried out before granting any more approvals --... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Debate picks up over Langford wind farm ahead of public meeting tomorrow

Debate over a proposed wind farm in Chronicle Country is gathering pace - with both sides upping the ante ahead of a public meeting tomorrow.

The Co-operative Group, which hopes to build the wind farm on land near Langford and Biggleswade, has announced its plans for a package of community benefits, including an environmental education programme and a community trust fund.

But meanwhile campaigners against the development have been distributing leaflets at school gates - warning that it could be a potential health time bomb.

A couple from Enfield, whose daughter and son-in-law live in Langford, are urging people to sign an online petition asking the Government to enforce a buffer zone of at least two kilometres between industrial wind turbines and homes - some of the planned turbines are less than 800m from the nearest house.

They say the turbines could cause sleep problems, headaches, dizziness and nausea, exhaustion and depressions, problems with concentration and tinitus.

In a letter to the Prime Minister they say: "More detailed research must be carried out before granting any more approvals -- otherwise the UK could well have a ticking health time bomb on their hands. Once these farms are constructed it will be too late."

But the Co-operative Group says an independent study concluded that there is no evidence of health effects arising from infrasound or low frequency noise generated by wind turbines.

And residents are being encouraged to visit the Department for Business and Enterprise's website, which looks to allay fears and dispel myths about wind farms.

Rob Ellis, sustainable development manager, said: "We know that there are a number of myths about wind farms but the Government's website explains the facts in a clear and easy to understand way. I would urge all residents to log on and have a look."

He added: "The Co-operative Group believes that community involvement is an important aspect in the development of renewable energy projects and it is important to plough back benefits from the project in a targeted way.

"The proposed education programme is just one of the benefits that the wind farm will offer residents, the Co-operative is also committed to providing a package of proposed benefits to local communities for relevant environmental and educational projects worth at least £38,000 for each year of the wind farm's operation and this figure will go up in line with inflation."

He added the wind farm would create local employment during construction and throughout its 25-year operational life by providing jobs in the maintenance and service of the wind turbines and would contribute to business rates, likely to be in excess of £70,000 per year.

To handle some of the community benefits, the company aims to create a community trust, which would allocate moneys for suitable community, environmental and energy related projects in the area.

The public meeting will take place at Langford Village Hall at 3.30pm tomorrow.


Source: http://www.biggleswadetoday...

MAR 27 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/19581-a-green-dream-or-bad-for-our-health
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