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Wind farm concerns for Huntspills  

Credit:  www.thisissomerset.co.uk 9 December 2010 ~~

I wish to pass on my objections to the proposed wind farms in the inappropriate locations at West and East Huntspill.

My objections are not just personal but are based on my knowledge of the use of wind turbines researched over a considerable period.

My home is about 650m from the proposed West Huntspill wind farm.

I have lived in the area for over 25 years and I am concerned that my family and I will suffer from the effects of noise, shadow flicker and loss of residential amenity.

Payments in the form of ROC’s are given to companies to build wind farms they would not otherwise construct as they are not economically viable.

Funds for this come from ordinary electricity bill payers, often without their knowledge.

For every unit of electricity each turbine produces a conventional power station has to produce the same in case the wind drops – or indeed gets too windy – so the turbines stop.

They have to do this as they cannot vary the power output in anything like the timescales needed as the wind ebbs and flows.

It is certainly not cheap energy as the life of the structures is limited to around 25 years and they produce little electricity.

By the power companies’ own figures they are only about 30 per cent efficient.

Experts outside the industry have shown this to be as low as six per cent.

There is the widely known situation of Jane Davies and her family that is the subject of legal proceedings against the power company and landowners.

This demonstrates the potential harm to human health for people who live in close proximity to existing wind farms.

In this case they were forced from their home because of the effect that the noise from the wind farm had on them by way of sleep deprivation.

As they lived over 900m away this shows the potential impact the proposed wind farms could have on West Huntspill and the six villages in the area.

The turbines will completely dominate not only the local area but the region as whole to the detriment of those who live in the locality and visitors to the area.

The location of the proposed turbines will make them the tallest and some of the most visible manmade structures in Somerset.

Large turbines such as the ones proposed are known to have a negative impact on wildlife and as the site is adjacent to the Huntspill River National Nature Reserve and is crossed by the two migratory routes of The Somerset Levels and Bristol Channel, it will be harmful to the abundant wildlife and waterfowl.

The shadow effect that would be cast across the A38 and the M5 would be extremely distracting to drivers and could easily cause an accident.

In view of the above I appeal to people to write to Sedgemoor and object to these huge machines which will impact on the lives of so many who live in close proximity to them.

Julie Trott Withy Road West Huntspill

Source:  www.thisissomerset.co.uk 9 December 2010

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