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.
He said: “People living near Middlemoor must make their voice heard now.
“Once a wind farm is up and running, there is very little recourse in the law.
“We’ve been left with a home that’s practically worthless and the constant irritation of the noise.”
Eighteen 125-metre turbines are currently being considered by the Department for Trade and Industry at Middlemoor and will likely result in a public inquiry being held.
Another 10 are also being considered by Berwick Borough Council for a neighbouring site at Wandylaw.
Mr Davis, 42, added: “The biggest fear I have for the people living near Middlemoor 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.”
South Charlton farmer Robert Thorp said: “This is exactly the kind of evidence we will present at a public inquiry.
“The people living near Middlemoor need to act fast.”
A spokeswoman for npower renewables, which is behind the Middlemoor application, said: “If anyone is concerned about any issue regarding wind farm development, they are welcome to get in touch with us directly and we will answer their questions.”
By Dave Black
13 March 2007
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