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Turbine’s ‘whirring’ disturbed sleep

“It was like the noise of a plane passing above the house but the noise never tailed off like a passing plane. It was permanent.

A couple living in the shadow of the towering wind turbines at the Michelin tyre factory in Dundee have complained the “whirring” noise from the rotor blades kept them awake last night, writes Lynne Stewart.

George Lewek and his wife Gail, who live in Hawick Drive, said they had a restless night due to the constant drone of the 400-foot tall turbine.

“It was like the noise of a plane passing above the house but the noise never tailed off like a passing plane. It was permanent.

“These turbines are to be running 24 hours a day. We were kept awake part of the night.

“We were given a helpline number to phone for any problems with the turbines, so I phoned it and all I received was a security guard who took a note of my complaint.

“I left my phone number and was told someone would get back to me this morning, but I’ve not heard from anyone yet,” added Mr Lewek.

The couple were part of a committee in Hawick Drive that fervently opposed the construction of the turbines.

The turbine had its first day of full operation on Saturday and has been producing electricity since. The weekend weather hindered erection of the second.

Michelin expect to assemble the blades on the second turbine over the next few... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A couple living in the shadow of the towering wind turbines at the Michelin tyre factory in Dundee have complained the “whirring” noise from the rotor blades kept them awake last night, writes Lynne Stewart.
 
George Lewek and his wife Gail, who live in Hawick Drive, said they had a restless night due to the constant drone of the 400-foot tall turbine.
 
“It was like the noise of a plane passing above the house but the noise never tailed off like a passing plane. It was permanent.
 
“These turbines are to be running 24 hours a day. We were kept awake part of the night.
 
“We were given a helpline number to phone for any problems with the turbines, so I phoned it and all I received was a security guard who took a note of my complaint.
 
“I left my phone number and was told someone would get back to me this morning, but I’ve not heard from anyone yet,” added Mr Lewek.
 
The couple were part of a committee in Hawick Drive that fervently opposed the construction of the turbines.
 
The turbine had its first day of full operation on Saturday and has been producing electricity since. The weekend weather hindered erection of the second.
 
Michelin expect to assemble the blades on the second turbine over the next few days and plan to have it operational by the end of the week.
 
John Reid, Michelin personnel manager said, “We received one call over the weekend. Our project manager and I met this morning and stood underneath the turbine to check on any noise and heard nothing.
 
“The call from the gentleman will be followed up and we will investigate and get back to him.
 
“The first turbine was fully operational on Saturday and went through the commissioning phase without any problems. It has been producing electricity from Saturday onwards.
 
“The second one was delayed due to the weather at the weekend. We are hoping that we will get the blades up for the second one in the next five days and it will then go through the commission process and will hopefully be fully operational by the end of the week.
 
“They managed to get on with all the electrical work at the weekend. We are delighted with how things are going in terms of the project schedule.
 
“Although they were unable to finish the construction over the weekend they carried on with the electrical work.
 
“So, from our point of view it’s going very well and hopefully they will both be up and running by the end of the week.
 
“We are following up on any calls we received regarding the turbines in a rigorous way and the gentleman will definitely get a phone call today.”
 
Michelin is spending £4 million on the turbine project in a bid to generate a third of the site’s electricity needs — more than 8000 megawatts annually.
 
The turbines are 400 feet tall and dominate the city’s eastern skyline.
 
They are amongst the largest in the world in an urban setting and there are concerns among residents they will cause house prices to fall.
 
Other potential pitfalls include corrupted TV reception and sunlight streaming through the spinning blades causing ‘shadow flicker'.
 
Michelin are taking local concerns seriously and will operate a 24-hour phone line on 01382 734562.
 


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MAY 22 2006
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