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Dozens of people turned out at a public meeting last week to express their opposition to plans for a controversial wind farm south of Hawick.
It doesn't matter whether the wind blows, or not, or too much, our "green" – but only behind-the gills – politicians will be happy to chuck big chunks of our taxes at the wind companies, while, ignoring cheap, reliable, alternatives, such as our abundant shale gas and small, modern, nuclear plants (which harmlessly power France.)
And in upholding their challenge, the judge said it was a fundamental rule that planning permissions are never "for sale" and that it was unlawful to focus too much on community benefits which were dependent on winning planning approval.
"The constant, extremely loud thudding 'heartbeat' late into the night, night after night from pile driving the new crop of these monsters is hardly evidence of whoever is behind this scheme showing any consideration for the residents of Wirral. "These wind farms are rapidly becoming an ugly blot on what is otherwise a beautiful view along the Wirral coastline."
This short story has been written to counter the shameless wind propaganda that is allowed into our schools to influence young minds with no effort to show the other side.
Following the installation of a second 130ft (40m) turbine at a farm 310m away, Gareth and Pam Down, can now see masts through the front and back windows of their home at Lower Punchardon Farm, near Winkleigh. In fact, there is almost no escaping the spinning blades, which are even visible as a moving reflection in glass doors, kitchen appliances and the flat-screen television.
The Cotton Farm campaigners, along with the Independent Noise Group, are calling on the Government to protect existing wind farm neighbours and bring in tighter controls on where wind farms are located in the future, specially their proximity to homes. ...“They [people living near turbines] cannot sell their houses and they can’t open their windows. The data is available.
A spokesperson for E.ON said: "During a detailed review of the project a number of long standing environmental and technical issues have been re-assessed. "These include the long-standing objection from the Ministry of Defence, the high level of bird activity on the site, investor uncertainty and changes to Planning Law.
Aberdeenshire Council has blocked a wind turbine that attracted more than 170 objections.
Scottish Government denials of adverse impacts upon tourism and visitor numbers, evidence of people suffering harm and of plummeting property prices, show an inability to accept that in reality all those things are happening. ‘Wilful blindness’ is an apt description of the status quo. Unbiased politicians unafraid to depart from party lines are few. If any exist with a capacity for serious research, will they please step forward to assist colleagues who don’t.
“The INWG suggest these two decades of deception are now resulting in serious annoyance and far reaching risks to the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people living in the proximity of wind farms.” The report calls for an “overhaul of the planning conditions that have led to these wind farms being granted planning permission in the first place."
Clark’s decision letter said that the secretary of state "attaches considerable weight to the significant adverse effect that the proposal would have on the character and visual amenity of the landscape as well as to residential amenity of some neighbouring properties in respect of outlook".
Furious residents of a rural Calder Valley community are up in arms over what they call the “ruination of the landscape” by wind turbines. Parish councillors say irreparable damage has been caused not only to the stunning Pennine landscape, but also to Erringden’s heritage.
Hundreds of furious villagers stormed a renewable energy firm’s open day to protest against gigantic wind turbines proposed for the heart of the Canterbury countryside. RES Ltd unveiled plans to build 11 new turbines as tall as 150 metres on marshland near Chislet and Marshside.
Pressure has mounted on a national energy firm to abandon proposals to build a new windfarm. The proposal by Renewla Energy Systems, as it stands, would see between nine and 11 turbines, standing 125 metres high, built on the Chislet marshes, just south of the A299.
In the last five years no planning application was refused on noise-related grounds, but there have been 600 noise-related incidents arising from wind farm operations. The majority of complaints arise as a result of amplitude modulation, which is the loud, continuous thumping or swishing noise regularly described by those living near wind farms.
Brain scans show that even infrasound as low as 8hz – a whole octave below the traditional cut off point for human hearing – is still being picked up by the primary auditory cortex, the part of the brain which translates sounds into meaning.
‘The last thing Scottish ministers want to know is how many turbines have been imposed on the country. If they did, they would have to tell the Scottish people and they couldn’t blame Westminster as planning is fully devolved. ‘They would also have to stop dodging key policy questions like how many turbines do we need, how many can we afford and how many can our landscape and communities take.
A Workington woman says she has been forced to move out of her bedroom because of the noise of wind turbines near her home. Michele Twiss, 68, whose home overlooks the Winscales windfarm, told a Government inspector that windfarms were overpowering West Cumbria and the area was “under attack”.
The company will now drill through two sections of the sea defences, as Centrica did for the Lincs Wind Farm, but residents have demanded assurances they will be safe from the risk of flooding and the sea defences will be fully reinstated and properly monitored.