Up to 300 families say they will abandon their Finuge homes en masse if a planning application for 10 giant wind turbines in the area is given the go ahead.
In the latest turn in a protest campaign against the planned turbines, 275 signs were erected outside homes in Finuge this week bearing the words: ‘Home for sale pending wind farm planning decision. Viewing by appointment only.’
It’s a clear indication of the fight Finuge people are now taking to Stacks Mountain Windfarm Ltd which is behind the plans for the turbines. If successful, the plans would see the 10 highest turbines in the State – at 156m – erected in the low-lying Finuge townlands of Ballyhorgan, Irremore and Dromclough. The turbines would be taller than the Spire in Dublin by 30m.
Locals fear the sheer size of the turbines will dominate the rural community, devalue homes and cause disruption to local life through noise and ‘shadow flicker’.
Hundreds attended recent public meetings on the issue prior to Christmas with a committee established to steer the campaign.
Enerco Energy – the parent of company of Stacks Mountain Windfarm Ltd – told The Kerryman the development would bolster State policy to produce 40 per cent of its energy needs from sustainable sources, chiefly wind power, by 2020. They added that the firm has carried out ‘extensive studies’ of wildlife, archaeology, ‘hydrology and every aspect’ of natural life in the area to put a comprehensive impact assessment together. However, locals say the human cost is most important, fearing the development could wreak health problems through sleep deprivation as a result of noise pollution and shadow flicker.
There are huge implications for the rest of north Kerry in the current flashpoint over wind energy. Huge swathes of the region have been identified as having the capacity to support windfarm development under a new variation to the County Development Plan.
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