Wind farm developers claim any problems from noise flicker and/or shadow (such as those experienced by the residents of Far Old Park, Askam for the last nine years) have been removed through advances in technology.
And yet Viv Paterson’s excellent article highlights that this problem has not gone away.
My heart went out to Ron Williams, 833 metres from Wharrel’s Hill wind farm), who is modern proof that this is still a problem and, despite their platitudes, developers cannot guarantee people won’t suffer.
When will the likes of Jill Perry get it through to their heads that campaigners are not just opposing the harmful effect wind turbines can have in scenic areas, on small businesses and tourism, but the damage caused by the in-appropriate siting of these industrial monsters?
There is evidence of property prices falling and, if that isn’t bad enough, there is the detrimental effect to the quality of life and health.
Until the distance from inhabited dwellings to wind turbines is set at more than one mile (as in the USA) and noise levels (particularly low frequency) are judged in accordance with British Standard 4142, rather than the totally ineffective and unsuitable ETSU-R-97 (which does not even recognise a 21-gun salute fired every 15 minutes as a noise hazard), how can developers get away with breaching the most basic of human rights?
Perhaps Jill Perry or the head of the energy company responsible for Wharrel’s Hill would consider a house-swap with Ron Williams so at least he can start getting a good night’s sleep again?
MRS J FAIRWEATHER
9 March 2008
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