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Farmer given anti-depressants 'to overcome wind farm noise'

He said the noise from the 66-megawatt farm, which is yet to operate at capacity after extensive testing since it was opened last October, has left him a mental wreck, unable to sleep because of the "thudding" noise and liable to burst into tears for no reason. Noise testing at the site is not due to start until next month.

A farmer living close to a wind farm in North Devon has said he had been put on Prozac anti-depressants to help him deal with the effect of noise coming from the massive turbines.

Nick Williams, aged 53, has been prescribed the drug by his GP after suffering insomnia and depression he blames on noise from towering Fullabrook Wind Farm, several hundred yards from his Christmas tree farm in North Devon.

He said the noise from the 66-megawatt farm, which is yet to operate at capacity after extensive testing since it was opened last October, has left him a mental wreck, unable to sleep because of the "thudding" noise and liable to burst into tears for no reason.

Noise testing at the site is not due to start until next month, but the divorcee, who lives alone at the farm with his two dogs, said: "I have been made to feel like a prisoner in my own home, which is wrong.

"I go up to Bath to see my daughter and I don't want to come back here. And this house was my dream. It is affecting my health. I am in pain.

"I bought the bungalow because it was in a beautiful location with beautiful views. I brought it for the tranquillity and that has been... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A farmer living close to a wind farm in North Devon has said he had been put on Prozac anti-depressants to help him deal with the effect of noise coming from the massive turbines.

Nick Williams, aged 53, has been prescribed the drug by his GP after suffering insomnia and depression he blames on noise from towering Fullabrook Wind Farm, several hundred yards from his Christmas tree farm in North Devon.

He said the noise from the 66-megawatt farm, which is yet to operate at capacity after extensive testing since it was opened last October, has left him a mental wreck, unable to sleep because of the "thudding" noise and liable to burst into tears for no reason.

Noise testing at the site is not due to start until next month, but the divorcee, who lives alone at the farm with his two dogs, said: "I have been made to feel like a prisoner in my own home, which is wrong.

"I go up to Bath to see my daughter and I don't want to come back here. And this house was my dream. It is affecting my health. I am in pain.

"I bought the bungalow because it was in a beautiful location with beautiful views. I brought it for the tranquillity and that has been destroyed."

Mr Williams' doctor has now prescribed him Prozac, under its medical name of fluoxetine, to help him cope with the noise.

Local authority North Devon Council announced on Tuesday that ESB, the wind farm's owner, had agreed to undertake noise monitoring at 12 sites, an increase from five test sites originally planned.

A company spokeswoman said: "We want the monitoring to be as full and robust as possible, and are therefore happy to increase the number of sites where monitoring will take place.

"However, due to the extra monitoring requested by NDC, additional equipment will be required. ESB anticipates that this equipment will be sourced by week beginning February 20 2012, at which point noise monitoring can commence."


Source: http://www.thisisdevon.co.u...

JAN 25 2012
https://www.windaction.org/posts/33070-farmer-given-anti-depressants-to-overcome-wind-farm-noise
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