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.
Mrs Davis, a former nurse, said they had initially been in favour of the Fenland wind farm, situated 900 yards from their home. But as soon as it began operating in June, the noise of the huge turbines has left her unable to sleep at home ever since.
“You wake with a jump, like your alarm clock’s gone off. It’s normally at 4am and you can’t get back to sleep.”
She says that when all the turbines work in tandem they can reach a deafening 66 decibels (db) – far louder than the acceptable threshold of 35db.
Mrs David added that the hum generated by the turbines is so bad that it has even driven the moles away.
After unsuccessfully trying earplugs, sleeping tablets and bottles of wine to help her sleep, she and her family began “sofa-surfing” at friends’ homes to gain some respite.
Since December they have been spending £650 a month on a house five miles away just for them to sleep in.
Mrs Davis had hoped to retrain as a reflexologist and to build an extension to her home, which is in the middle of their arable farmland and which has been in her husband’s family for decades.
But she said they have had to scrap their plans.
“We’re thinking we’re just going to have to walk away from our home, literally abandoning it.”
16 April 2007
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