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Turbine fear for Lancaster pensioner

Residents are gearing up for a second battle over wind turbines near their homes.

Neighbours failed to stop Lancaster University’s huge 328ft turbine, which was erected in October last year, despite complaints from some residents.

Betty Parkinson, 84, who lives on Hazelrigg Lane in Lancaster, has taken this photograph to illustrate how the turbine looms over her property.

She claims she had struggled to sleep since it went up and fears that the turbine may be to blame.

Pensioner Mrs Parkinson has now raised fresh concerns over plans for another 180ft turbine planned by Thomas Meadow Mushrooms Ltd at Conder Side Farm on Littlefell Lane.

She said: “A lot of the houses on these lanes will be sandwiched between these two, with nowhere to look without seeing one of these ugly monsters.”

Nineteen people last week met at the home of fellow Littlefell Lane resident Pauline Fisher, to discuss how best to raise objections to the latest application.

Mrs Fisher said there were concerns over the visual impact, noise, flicker and possible interference to the television signal.

She added: “How many more turbines will blight the landscape if this is allowed?”

Lancaster Council will vote on the plans. Earlier this year, the council gave planning consent to another firm, Banks Renewables, for the Heysham South Wind Farm, a three turbine project for on agricultural land to the south of the A683

Nobody from Thomas Meadow Mushrooms was available for comment.