July 8, 2011
www.spaldingtoday.co.uk 7 July 2011
A couple who have been thrust into the national media spotlight with their High Court wind farm battle say everyone has been “very supportive” so far.
Television cameras, photographers and reporters have been following Jane and Julian Davis’s plight since the trial started on Monday.
The case will decide whether the sound produced by eight wind turbines near to their farm in Deeping St Nicholas – which they claim left them unable to sleep – is causing a noise nuisance.
The couple were joined by their daughter Emily (21) at the High Court to hear opening submissions on Monday.
Mrs Davis said: “The High Court is a wonderful old building. It’s very atmospheric. It’s quite amazing to be there.”
She added: “Everyone has been very supportive. People have seen the story and made their own minds up about whether there is an issue or not.
“I think it’s less about wind farms than a family where things have gone wrong.”
The judge, Mr Justice Hickinbottom, visited Deeping St Nicholas for several hours with legal teams on Tuesday.
Yesterday Mrs Davis was due to give evidence to the court, while her husband will appear in the witness box today. Two of the defendants – Nicholas Watts and RC Tinsley Ltd – are due to give their evidence on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Davis family are seeking an injunction for the alleged noise to be stopped by removing two turbines and modifying the operation of a third, and for their losses and damages of about £150,000 and legal costs to be paid.
Alternatively, they want the defendants to pay for a new three-bedroom house with the same acreage of land they had at the farm which is estimated to cost about £260,000, as well as losses, damages and legal costs.
Their story so far has appeared on the BBC, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.
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