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Residents in Palgrave say work to decrease the noise from the village community centre's controversial wind turbine has not worked. The turbine was switched off for two months while the community centre worked to reduce the noise emitted by the 24-metre high turbine.
Countryside campaigners have warned that vast swathes of tranquil landscapes could be blighted by a "hurricane of wind farms" as it emerged new plans have been put forward for more turbines in Bronte Country.
In an interview with The Journal Mr Davey disagreed with those opposed to wind farms in place across Northumberland, saying that while it is not his place to say what people should like, critics had to realise "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
Councillor and MLA, David McClarty, said he was "disappointed" at the planning service's decision to approve given the sizable opposition to the scheme. "Fifty-five people are going to suffer from this," he said. "They already suffer from the existing turbine and if this goes ahead their problems will increase three-fold."
David Cameron risks a backlash from the countryside after defending the Government's plans to support onshore wind farms. ...Nick Williams, who lives in the shadow of one of the Fullabrook turbines made an emotional plea to "stop the onslaught of the countryside". He said: "I'm a prisoner of Fullabrook."
Six wind turbines earmarked for the South Staffordshire countryside would pose "serious consequences to the health, safety and wellbeing of residents" it has been claimed. Campaigners say increased traffic congestion and noise due to the turbines would also blight residents' lives.
Matt Baker, the presenter of BBC's Countryfile, is the latest high profile figure to question the effectiveness of wind farms and ask if they are a threat to the beauty of the British countryside.
Objectors say turbines are inefficient, blight the landscape and rely heavily on subsidies. But supporters argue Bradford must embrace all forms of renewable energy. Shipley MP Philip Davies said: "People who live close by one can see they are a tremendous blight on the landscape. For everybody else they are an extremely inefficient and uneconomic way of generating electricity.
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.
Nick Williams said he and other residents were suffering increased stress levels because of delays in officially commissioning the site. The delay meant that complaints about the noise could not be officially investigated. Until the wind farm is officially commissioned, the environmental health team at North Devon Council said it was not legally allowed to carry out noise checks.
A moratorium should be placed on new wind turbine developments until councils are given clearer guidance from government, environment minister Fergus Ewing has been told. MSPs warned that local communities feel they are "under attack" from energy firms whose desperation to snap up land across Scotland "resembles the prospecting days of the American gold rush".
Scientists have called for exclusion zones to be set up around new structures after finding that people who live nearby have developed conditions including high blood pressure, insomnia and migraines.
Details from the dossiers come as a series of new studies conclude that living near to wind turbines can increase levels of sleep disruption and stress-related conditions. One review of the scientific evidence written by environmental health consultants who work on behalf of the wind energy industry stated that noise from wind turbines was "associated with some reported health effects".
"I was asked to sign a form which said I wouldn't complain about noise, future disturbance and various other things. "It was put to me as a goodwill gesture but it seemed to be no more than a bribe."
The impact on the people and the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales and Shropshire will be devastating. 800 of these structures in the area proposed is completely and wholly out of proportion. If localism means anything at all, the ruination of the hills should be taken by bodies accountable locally. The macro-economic alleged advantages are, as KPMG point out, a total illusion.
"We are not opposed to renewable energy but this will destroy vast areas of precious countryside and kill off the tourism trade. "The authorities have completely failed to consider the devastating impact this huge project will have on people's lives and livelihoods. "The substation alone will cover an area of 28 acres.
Hundreds of readers had their say on the Liberal Democrat's comments, with the poll asking if turbines are as beautiful as he claims. Some 79 people agreed with Mr Huhne that they are indeed elegant. But those backing him were somewhat outweighed by the 767 who voted to say they considered turbines to be a blight on the landscape.
Several residents feel they are trapped living with the noise because if they tried to move house few people would be interested in buying a property next to a wind turbine. Nick Williams lives at Fullabrook itself with six of the turbines near his house. He claimed the wind farm had destroyed the area he lives in as well as his life.
The proposed development would have seen the construction of Scotland's tallest wind turbines, each measuring 149m with a blade-span of 100m. But Highland Council turned down the application following a visit to the site on Blairmore Estate, near Kiltarlity and Abriachan.
Plans to increase the size of ‘giant' turbines on Frodsham Marshes will ‘blot out the landscape' and ‘cast a shadow across hundreds of homes', say campaigners. ...Campaigners are outraged with changes to the original application, which could see the size of the individual turbines increase from a width of 90m to 100m.