A bit of frigid weather didn’t stop dozens of area residents from taking a stand against proposed wind turbines in the local area.
On May 11, the Oppose Belwood Wind Farms group gathered for a video to be created about their work. The video was being produced as a result of the group being nominated for a Centre Wellington Environmental Excellence Award.
The video will be played at the Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony on May 16.
The group used the opportunity to create awareness and educate the urban community about the alleged risks of wind industrialization.
One of the reasons they gathered at the property of Peter and Sandy Fellows, on Wellington County Road 16, is that the turbines will be in the direct line of sight from the Fellows’ yard.
Sandy Fellows said, “I’m concerned for our property values and for my health. I already have health issues and with all of the documentation out there now, there’s a lot of health problems for people living near turbines.”
She said there also appears to be loss of property values.
“I’m concerned this will interrupt the quiet enjoyment of my life,” said Fellows.
Her neighbour Robert Service, who lives across the road, said he has a neurological disability – myalgic encephalomyelitis.
He explained the condition results in problems with vision, and vision distortion and he feels noise problems will ruin his health.
“Basically I am very upset that the whole system doesn’t care about that,” said Service.
He added one of the reasons he’d been able to live on this property in Centre Wellington is that it is relatively quiet, and that he can control his environment. He said there is no shadow flicker or visual sounds.
“This is a perfect place for me to live … but if the turbines come in … they will destroy my health.”
Because of his vulnerability to the effects, “I am the worst person these turbines should be near,” Service said.
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