Articles filed under Noise from UK

Residents to finally get a break from the din from Dong

People living on the East Coast can look forward to a good night’s sleep after an offshore wind farm developer agreed not to lay foundations for new turbines overnight Residents in Withernsea and further afield have been complaining bitterly about the “din from Dong” which began when the energy firm started laying piles for in February.
2 May 2014

The ‘din from Dong’ which is stopping sleep

Residents say they are fed up with loud hammering in the middle of the night from an offshore wind farm being constructed off the east coast. An MP has called for a meeting with Dong Energy after people in Withernsea and villages along the coast have been woken by the dull thud of piling for the huge turbines being constructed just offshore. ...Villagers a mile inland were also disturbed in the middle of the night.
1 Mar 2014

Residents get turbine muted at night

Residents in nearby streets have complained about the “very loud whining and whirring” noise from the spinning blades disturbing their sleep. And now engineers have been drafted in to fit a switch which allows it to be switched off during anti-social hours following enforcement action from the council over alleged breach of planning consent.
3 Feb 2014

Industry reveals plan to tackle wind turbine noise

Wind turbines are known to result in two types of noise: the common "swishing" sounds caused by the blades and known technically as Normal Amplitude Modulation (NAM), and rarer "whumph" noises known as Other Amplitude Modulation (OAM), the cause of which has to date been uncertain. However, new research to be published today ...identifies the cause of OAM noise as sharp changes in wind speed and direction. The report concludes that sudden changes in wind speed and direction can on occasion lead to a partial stall of a turbine, resulting in the "whumph" noise.
16 Dec 2013

Lobby group 'influenced wind farm noise report’

Internal energy department emails released following a freedom of information request show the lobby group met ministry officials, after which it was assured that “the majority of R-UK’s input” was “reflected in the guidance”. Both the Government and the report’s author said last night that RenewableUK had not influenced the advice, but the emails raise new questions about the Coalition’s openness over its wind farm policy.
3 Dec 2013

Shipdham wind turbine saga rumbles on at latest inquiry

Giving evidence on behalf of the residents of nearby Daffy Green, Lee Hoare explained to the inquiry how, according to her research, the closer the turbines are together, the greater the noise they will generate. Dr Hoare said: “Noise impacts have been understated in this application.
19 Nov 2013

RES withdraws plan to amend AM noise condition

West Devon Borough Council sought the advice of independent experts to assess the merits of a noise condition imposed upon the Den Brook Wind Farm, but the findings did not fall in favour of the applicants, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) who propose to build the wind farm in the Den Brook valley between Bow, Spreyton and North Tawton.
23 Aug 2013

Wind farm health risks (Andrew Halcrow)

Dr Taylor uses "annoyance" in its medical term. She states, "Annoyance is recognised as a critical health effect, and is associated in some people with stress, sleep disturbance and interference with daily living." She says symptoms such as, "...headache, irritability, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, and sleep disturbance, are often described in relation to annoyance".
3 Aug 2013

NHS report explores health impact of windfarms

"It is generally accepted that the primary effect of low frequency noise on people is annoyance. Annoyance is recognised as a critical health effect, and is associated in some people with stress, sleep disturbance, and interference with daily living." ...Low level noise from wind turbines, in particular the "audible modulation of the aerodynamic noise", was more likely to cause "annoyance" than similar levels from other sources.
1 Aug 2013

Couple who can't escape the shadow of the wind turbines

Mrs Siddell, 69, who has had serious health problems in recent years, describes the Hadyard Hill wind farm they face as a "nightmare", and sometimes retreats to the lavatory to escape its effects. ...According to Struan Stevenson, the Conservative MEP, the Siddells are not alone, and the Scottish Government's drive for more wind farms is "blighting" lives across the country.
6 Jun 2013

Wind farm noise does harm sleep and health, say scientists

Unlike other forms of variable noise, however, such as railways and aircraft, it [turbine noise] can continue for very long periods at a time. The nature of the noise - a rhythmic beating or swooshing of the blades - is also disturbing. UK noise limits permit turbines to be built so close to houses that sleep impacts and associated health effects are almost inevitable.
3 Mar 2013

Will we be wind turbine ‘guinea pigs' in Leven?

"This is a giant experiment and without an enforceable noise condition Methil residents are being sacrificed as guinea pigs." Korean giant Samsung Heavy Industries will build the three-bladed 7MW test turbine 48 metres into the Firth of Forth, at 196 metres high.
24 Jan 2013

Resident complains of windmill headache

Guy Glencross hates the sight and sound of his new ‘neighbour' - a 20-metre wind turbine, 90 metres from the front door of his rural Co Tyrone home. Night and day, he claims, the two-blade "monstrosity" assails his ears and eyes - and those of his partner Julie - so much so that they moved from their former front bedroom to the smaller one at the back when the turbine was erected in September.
24 Nov 2012
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