logo
Article

Storm Barbara blows blades from wind turbine

Manchester Evening News|Catherine Smyth|December 24, 2016
United Kingdom (UK)SafetyStructural Failure

A dog walker watched in horror as Storm Barbara blew the blades from a wind turbine - and they headed towards him. ...TGC Renewables applied for the wind farm at Scar End in 2012 and was initially rejected. That decision was overturned later that year on appeal by the planning inspector.


High winds and heavy rain caused disruption to roads and buildings on Friday afternoon as Storm Barbara hit the region 

A dog walker watched in horror as Storm Barbara blew the blades from a wind turbine - and they headed towards him. 

Grandfather Ray Gansler was walking on the hills near Bacup, Rossendale, with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier Lucy at around 2.30pm on Friday.

High winds and heavy rain caused disruption to roads and buildings around the region on Friday afternoon.

Ray, 50, said: “I heard a noise that sounded like the squeak of a van and then I saw the blades of the turbine had come off and were coming towards me very quickly.

“I just hit the ground and covered Lucy. To me it seemed like it was coming close to me and then …

... more [truncated due to possible copyright]

High winds and heavy rain caused disruption to roads and buildings on Friday afternoon as Storm Barbara hit the region 

A dog walker watched in horror as Storm Barbara blew the blades from a wind turbine - and they headed towards him. 

Grandfather Ray Gansler was walking on the hills near Bacup, Rossendale, with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier Lucy at around 2.30pm on Friday.

High winds and heavy rain caused disruption to roads and buildings around the region on Friday afternoon.

Ray, 50, said: “I heard a noise that sounded like the squeak of a van and then I saw the blades of the turbine had come off and were coming towards me very quickly.

“I just hit the ground and covered Lucy. To me it seemed like it was coming close to me and then the wind caught it and smashed it into a field.”

One of the four 34.2m high wind turbines on land at Scar End Farm is now missing its three blades and central hub; they landed in a nearby field full of saplings.

Mr Gansler, of Weir near Bacup, said: “As the blades dug into the ground it didn’t half make a loud noise. It frightened my dog and it frightened me. It made such a loud bang and I didn’t know if the blades were going to come off.”

He raised the alarm with the owner of the land where the turbines are based and also contacted the police.

Mr Gansler said: “The turbine nearest the farm had switched off, but the other two were still spinning around at a rapid speed.

“I was worried that if another one broke off and landed on the other side of the hill there are houses nearby.

“When you see something like that coming towards you, you really think it is going to hit you.”

TGC Renewables applied for the wind farm at Scar End in 2012 and was initially rejected permission by Rossendale Borough Council following public objection.

That decision was overturned later that year on appeal by the planning inspector.


Source:http://www.manchestereveningn…

Share this post
Follow Us
RSS:XMLAtomJSON
Donate
Stay Updated

We respect your privacy and never share your contact information. | LEGAL NOTICES

Contact Us

WindAction.org
Lisa Linowes, Executive Director
phone: 603.838.6588

Email contact

General Copyright Statement: Most of the sourced material posted to WindAction.org is posted according to the Fair Use doctrine of copyright law for non-commercial news reporting, education and discussion purposes. Some articles we only show excerpts, and provide links to the original published material. Any article will be removed by request from copyright owner, please send takedown requests to: info@windaction.org

© 2023 INDUSTRIAL WIND ACTION GROUP CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
WEBSITE GENEROUSLY DONATED BY PARKERHILL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION