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Wind farms are a threat to community

However, as soon as the Welsh Assembly published TAN 8, heralding the current rush of local wind farm planning applications, we were forced to look more closely into the claims made for on-shore wind power - both for and against. We were determined to find out if its contribution to the community as a whole (with respect to energy provision and reducing greenhouse gas emissions) would outweigh the problems such massive re-industrialisation would bring to local people if allowed to go ahead. Using only government sources and respected technical documents from the power industry itself, the results of our research have shocked and amazed us. It is clear allowing these large wind farms would jeopardise our health, wealth and quality of life along with biodiversity and the quality of our landscape/environment. All this to no real purpose since they cannot replace ordinary power stations and are four times more expensive than other means of reducing our carbon footprint.
5 Jul 2007

Wind farm plans prompt protests

Walkers opposed to a wind farm development in the Ochil Hills are set to take part in a protest hike. The campaigners are angry at plans to site a 13-turbine wind farm on Burnfoot Hill, near Tillicoultry. Clackmannanshire Council backed the project put forward by Edinburgh company Wind Prospect Developments in March. The council said the 102m high (334ft) turbines would not be visible from most surrounding towns.
3 Jun 2007

Proposal for wind farm faces probable rejection

In a report to councillors, David Rush, development control quality manager, said the decision came down to a balance between support for renewable energy and the harm a wind farm would do to the landscape. He said: "I do not consider the economic, climatic or ecological benefits accruing from the scheme outweigh the substantial harm caused by the scale of this proposal."
1 Jun 2007

Family abandon their home near wind turbines

A family whose lives have been blighted by wind turbine noise have abandoned their Deeping St Nicholas home. Jane and Julian Davis and daughter Emily had been moving between their home and a "safe house" in Spalding on a daily basis whenever they found noise from the Deeping St Nicholas wind farm unbearable at night. Now they say they cannot go through another summer of interrupted sleep and are leaving the family home to live long term at a rented house until the situation improves.
29 May 2007

Hard wind

Marshland St James is an isolated, functional, centre-less village, little more than a ribbon of houses along a country road surrounded by farms. In the far west of Norfolk, close to the borders with Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, it is a place that locals describe as "bandit country". It is not a place you expect an issue of national importance to find its focus. But on Monday, just a few days before the government released its white paper on energy, a local farmer was found dead in a drainage canal close to his home. A statement from his family linked his death to a battle over wind farms that has torn the village apart.
24 May 2007

Turbine noise risk

Does the BWEA think it unreasonable that SWATT request that the Welsh Assembly call a moratorium on wind farm development until independent surveys are executed on these vital issues. Concerning the election, our campaign resulted in us getting the issue onto the election agenda. And the two anti-TAN 8 main parties were the ones who gained seats in the elections.
14 May 2007

First hurdle stumble for windfarm plans

Plans to build a windfarm on the moors above Littleborough have suffered a setback. An application for the five turbines located just over the border in Yorkshire has been recommended for refusal by Todmorden Town Council. Coronation Power hopes to build a total of 12 125m turbines at Crook Hill, seven of which are located in Rochdale. Councillors recommended refusal because they felt the windfarm would damage the moorland, affect walkers, horse riders and cyclists and destroy peat bogs.
5 May 2007

‘The noise that drives us mad’

Throughout the lengthy debate, the couple remained on the fence and were largely untroubled about the prospect of having a wind farm practically on their doorstep. But for the past eight months, Julian and Jane say the repetitive thumping of air and humming of electric has blown away their peace. "It's very hard to describe how I'm feeling after nearly a year of living next to the turbines," says Mr Davis, 42. "The biggest problem is the low frequency noise these things produce. "It is not immediately noticeable, but once you hear it and feel the vibration, it begins to drive you mad. "It's just that little bit faster than the noise of a heartbeat, so your body is constantly racing to catch up. We've had friends who come to stay with us who don't notice the noise and vibration at first, and think we're exaggerating. "It's only after a couple of days that it becomes a constant irritation which you just can't shake off.
28 Apr 2007

Public opposes wind turbines

Massey University, Palmerston, New Zealand, has recently published a survey showing that 80 per cent of people who live within 3km of wind turbines in Manawatu, near Palmerston, find them intrusive and 73 percent think them unattractive.......... Our politicians need to take the temperature of public opinion rather than fallaciously trust that a few UK windmills might alter the warmth of the planet.
18 Apr 2007

Sound of wind turbines drove me from home, woman will tell group

A woman forced to rent a second home to sleep in after being kept awake by noise from wind turbines will speak at an event in Angus organised by a windfarm protest group. Jane Davis claims she has been unable to get a good night's rest since eight turbines were erected half a mile from her farm in rural Lincolnshire. Mrs Davis, who has spoken on Radio 4 and GMTV about the problem, will talk about her experiences tomorrow at a meeting organised by Friends of the Forest, a group opposed to plans for windfarms at Montreathmont Forest, near Brechin, and Rossie Moor, near Montrose.
16 Apr 2007

The Davis’s story

A family who live in the shadow of a wind farm in Lincolnshire say they have "lost everything" just because of the noise it makes. Farmer Julian Davis, his wife Jane and their teenage daughter have already had to rent a separate house to sleep in because they are kept awake by the sound of the eight turbines. They claim their home, formerly worth £170,000, cannot be sold because it is so blighted by noise pollution but they may abandon it anyway.
16 Apr 2007

Wind turbines ‘are ruining our quality of life’

The majority of people living near wind turbines believe that the noise they make is ruining their health and quality of life, a report has revealed. Neighbours also claim that the constant hum and the loud "whooshing" sound made by the blades in high winds is destroying the value of their homes. A survey of people whose homes are situated within 1.2 miles of turbines has shown that three-quarters of them feel that the noise has damaged their quality of life while four out of five say it has affected their health.
16 Apr 2007

Noise Has Destroyed Our Lives

Noise from our local wind farm 1,000 yards away has destroyed our lives.The constant swish would just about be bearable, but the thumps and whacks are not. And then there's the hum. We would do anything to be able to live and sleep in our own home again, but sadly, as our home is no longer worth anything, we are trapped. To sleep at night, we drive five miles to a quiet house we have rented. The Government says noise pollution is an issue, albeit of low priority, but by allowing wind farms to be built close to homes (no less than two kilometres is the French recommendation) they are creating and propagating more noise pollution. Those of us unfortunate enough to live or work near these so-called friendly giants lose everything.
13 Apr 2007

Wind farm plan set for election issue

Candidates lining up for a crack at the Clwyd West Assembly seat are being urged to blow political hot air in the direction of a controversial renewable energy issue. Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch county councillor Paul Marfleet is urging current Clwyd West AM Alun Pugh and prospective candidates to consider the concerns of Nantglyn residents over proposals for more wind turbines to be situated near the village. Residents are concerned over plans for 29 new wind turbines around the village by two companies, Windpower Wales and Tegni Cymru Cyf.
10 Apr 2007

Thumping home the real facts

Professor John Ffowcs Williams, a world acoustic expert at Cambridge University says modern very tall turbines do cause problems and guidelines fail adequately to protect the public. Nicol Stephen the Deputy First Minister for Scotland, when standing beneath a newly commissioned turbine recently, said: "It was as noisy as being below the path of a very low flying aircraft." Such a statement is highly significant when made by the Deputy First Minister who is a vigorous supporter of wind turbine energy. Of course low flying aircraft move on, unfortunately wind turbines do not.
6 Apr 2007

Olympic wind turbine may get athletes in a spin

A wind turbine that was planned to help power the London Olympics may have to be switched off during games to stop disturbing the athletes, the organisers admitted today. Plans for the turbine were designed to underline the organiser's ambition to stage the greenest-ever games. But they face embarrassment following a report in New Civil Engineer magazine which discovered that the engineers for Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) are looking at a number of options for minimising distractions from the turbine, including locking them in a fixed position. It reported that ODA's infrastructure director Simon Wright is concerned that the turbine will cause the light to flicker and distract competitors.
28 Mar 2007

Wind farm ruined my life, says farmer

A farmer who says wind turbines have ruined his family's life, has lent his support to Northumberland protesters fighting 28 on their own doorstep. Julian Davis, whose Lincolnshire farm stands less than a kilometre from a wind farm says the constant thump and hum the turbines emit has driven him and wife Jane to distraction. At 100 metres high even they would be dwarfed by the structures proposed for Middlemoor, near South Charlton, north of Alnwick. His advice is simple - fight the plan now because it is too late once they are built.
13 Mar 2007
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