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.
Local wildlife photographer and author Niall Benvie will also give his views on the impact of windfarms on wildlife, open spaces and recreation at the meeting, which starts at 7.30pm in Farnell Village Hall.
Concerns have been raised about the impact of turbines on geese and other birds which fly across Rossie Moor to Montrose Basin and Scottish Natural Heritage has funded a study into red squirrels at Montreathmont.
Friends of the Forest said the meeting will give locals the opportunity to hear about what it is to live near turbines.
There have been a number of windfarm applications lodged with Angus Council but only one – at Ark Hill, near Glamis – has been given planning permission so far.
A spokeswoman for Friends of the Forest said: “There are many properties in Angus within a mile of proposed turbine sites.
“For example at Montreathmont, the largest proposed development in Angus, there are about 70 properties within a mile of the site.
“The neighbouring Rossie Moor development would lie within a mile of 40 further homes.
“A large and increasing number of residents will find themselves affected by more than one wind turbine development.
“Local people want to understand how a wind turbine development will affect them.
“Tomorrow, they will be able to hear from knowledgeable people who understand the problems associated with wind turbine noise and the threats that may be posed to the environment, our wildlife and ecology if the turbines are built.”
By Jenny Simpson
16 April 2007
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