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Speak out on wind turbine noise worries  

Credit:  Carmarthen Journal, www.thisissouthwales.co.uk 1 February 2012 ~~

Welsh Assembly ministers are coming to Carmarthen at the end of this month to hear from the public about complaints of noise from wind turbines.

It follows a petition of more than 1,000 names being handed in to the Assembly over concerns at the Alltwalis wind farm last year.

Members of the petitions committee have now said they will come to take the views from people due to the large number of written complaints.

A statement from the committee reads: “As part of its work on this petition, the committee has decided to hold a formal meeting, including an open mic session, in Carmarthen on February 28.

“The purpose of the open mic session is to hear views from as many as people as possible about the subject of noise from wind turbines.”

Last October, Jim Shepherd Foster handed in the petition, which calls on the Welsh Government to legislate on nuisance noise from turbines – particularly when it affects people’s health by creating noise at night.

He said last week: “It is right that, given the response achieved, the petitions committee should examine the problem carefully.

“They are also aware that this is very early in the wind farm programme which the Welsh Assembly is insisting upon through its TAN 8 policy.”

He said half a million people live in areas the Assembly has earmarked for wind farms.

“We aren’t as densely populated in Carmarthen, but when you take Wales as a whole, up to 750,000 to a million could be either directly affected, or have close family suffering,” he said.

“That is a third of the population.

“None of this suffering is for Welsh households, we have plenty of other resources.”

The petitions committee is made up of four Assembly members – chairman William Powell (Liberal Democrat), Bethan Jenkins (Plaid), Russell George (Conservative) and Joyce Watson (Labour).

Their meeting will be held at the Halliwell Centre on Trinity Saint David University’s campus in Carmarthen.

To book a seat at the meeting, contact the Assembly booking line by email on assembly. bookings@wales.gov.uk or call 0845 010 5500.

Source:  Carmarthen Journal, www.thisissouthwales.co.uk 1 February 2012

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