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Ceres windfarm 'could hit TV reception'

The impact of wind turbines on television reception is the latest contentious point in the ongoing debate over the proposed Ceres windfarm.

Ceres and District Environment and Amenity Protection Group, which opposes the Gathercauld development, has written to Fife Council to express concerns on the issue.

Group chairman Graham Lang said the group accessed a web-based tool provided by the BBC for windfarm developers to use to ensure reception was not affected.

EnergieKontor, the company behind the plan for a five-turbine windfarm near Ceres, referred to the tool in its environmental statement.

Mr Lang said his group’s research showed the turbines were likely to affect seven transmitters – Black Hill CH5, Durris CH5, Cupar, Angus, Tay Bridge CH5, Durris and Craigkelly.

Results based on the proposed turbine locations showed each turbine could affect the reception of between 118 and 549 homes that had no alternative off-air service.

“The environmental statement states that the problem of interference could be overcome by returning to alternative transmitters.

“There are homes where there is no alternative off-air service and so this is at variance with our findings,” said Mr Lang.

EnergieKontor general manager Judith Cornfield said Fife Council had passed on the action group’s concerns and the company was examining them.

The company planned to respond to Fife Council in early October, but did not think television reception was a major issue in the windfarm proposal, she said.

By Janet Howie

Fife Today

27 September 2007