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A group of families in a north Cork village who sued a wind farm operator claiming the huge turbines adversely affected their health have settled their High Court actions.
At the public meeting, Cllr Brendan Cronin (Ind) said he strongly backed the local campaign, ‘Sliabh Luachra Windfarm’ and residents who objected, and said he has seen the consequences of what wind turbines do a to region. “This has a devastating effect on families and it splits communities without question. It’s a huge problem,” he said.
The message from a packed room in Gneeveguilla on Monday night rang out clearly: “No one wants these monsters of wind turbines near our homes, our families, our children, our schools or on our land. They are not wanted in any shape or form”.
When she arrived 30 years ago, the area was untouched and as close to wilderness as you get in Ayrshire. A 19th century hill farm which once boasted 3000 acres of grazing for hardy sheep was paradise to flautist Pat Spence and her husband John.
A windfarm boss said homes in a Norfolk village are not under threat, despite plans appearing to show that a substation could be built on top of them.
The planning and environmental committee for Esbjerg Municipality has brought a halt to anymore onshore wind farms being built inside its borders.
Councillors were quick to voice their support for the families living close to the Raheenleagh Wind Farm and asked that the matter be put back on the agenda for April’s meeting so that it doesn’t get forgotten about. Speaking after the presentation at last Monday’s county council meeting, Cllr Shay Cullen said that the families were living a ‘ horrendous nightmare’.
South Wicklow residents living in the shadow of the Raheenleagh Wind Farm had a simple message for the elected members of Wicklow County Council this week: help us.
Controversial plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick face being given the thumbs-down by Scottish Borders Council over fears it could blight an area of natural beauty.
The Scottish Government seems not to care about the impact of wind turbines on the landscape
South Wicklow Wind Action Group (SWWAG) said that the decision by Minister Coveney not to impose any limitations on wind farms has caused outrage in local rural communities. It had been proposed to restrict wind farms in Wicklow to ‘ least 1,000m or 10 times the tip height of the proposed turbines from any residential properties or other centres of human habitation.
The case is next listed for hearing on April 25, and will be closely observed by many of the families living in close proximity to wind farms and who claim that there should be a greater distance between homes and turbines.
The Farmers Journal understands that the cases taken by the families claim that the wind farm caused them nuisance as a result of excessive noise. The wind company is Enercon Wind Farm Services Ireland Ltd and it formally admitted liability to the Court.
The majority of councillors voted in favour of Cllr Shay Cullen's call for an exclusion zone which would restrict wind farms from at least 1,000m, or ten times the tip of the height of the proposed turbines, from any residential properties or other centres of human habitation.
He was on the ground and not operating any machinery when an area of bog shifted and trapped him. A second worker was also caught up in the incident. He was in a digger when the bogland started to move but was able to climb down and walk to safety.
A number of families in Co Cork who were forced to leave their homes because of noise from a nearby wind farm have won a significant case in the High Court this week. ...A spokesperson for Wind Aware Ireland said: “There now is a possibility for multiple legal actions against wind farms right around the country."
Complaints about noise disturbance can range from the steady swishing noise from the blade to a louder thump which can sometimes occur, the review said. But, it added, the annoyance is not just limited to the thunderous sound a wind farm can create. Flickering shadows can similarly irk those who live near one.
A giant wind turbine in Mullavilly, County Armagh - which operated 24/7 – is now in use during working hours only, following a Court Order served after an appeal against a Noise Abatement Notice was dismissed. An out of Court settlement was agreed between village based company Rapid International and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council.
A planning expert has said he disagrees with almost all criticisms made by a Minister for the Environment of Donegal Councillors who voted to impose restrictions on wind farm development.
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.