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Viewers hit out by TV blackout thanks to wind farm

Thousands of televisions have been blacked out – by a wind farm.

Householders are missing their favourite programmes because the farm’s giant turbines are blocking the signal to their TVs.

The blackout has hit viewers in East Kilbride. And ScottishPower yesterday admitted their £150million wind farm at Whitelee, on Eaglesham Moor, is causing the problems.

It is stopping signals from the transmitter in Darvel, Ayrshire.

People in Glasgow’s east end have already complained about dodgy TV receptions caused by the 110-metre Whitelee masts.

And aerial fitting companies have received scores of calls about the problems in East Kilbride.

David Johnston’s firm have been repositioning house aerials.

David, boss of Omniavision, said: “I’ve had lots of people having trouble getting a signal. They were pretty annoyed when they realised the problemwas the wind farm.

“Up to a quarter of East Kilbride must be affected. Thousands of signals will be weakened or blocked.” Many residents ditched Freeview boxes they thought had been causing the glitch.

But their woes are only likely to get worse as the wind farm is set to become the biggest in Europe, with 100 extra turbines being installed over the next year.

The Darvel transmitter is 10 miles from East Kilbride. It serves most of Ayrshire as well as parts of Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Glasgow.

The masts at Whitelee act as a physical barrier, preventing the 4kw signal getting through.

East Kilbride councillor Archie Buchanan has had signal problems.

He said: “This needs to be sorted as soon as possible.”

A Scottish Power spokesman said: “Our specialist contractors will investigate all inquiries and, where appropriate, will rectify them as soon as possible.

“In the cases where the wind farm has been the problem, they have fixed it by moving their aerials or other solutions.”

By Mike Larkin

The Daily Record

24 July 2008