A wind farm developer should consider compensation as a “gesture of goodwill” after residents in an East Coast town were repeatedly woken up by piling offshore, it has been suggested.
Dong Energy “needs to believe what people in Withernsea are telling them”, ward councillor Kevan Hough said yesterday.
Residents have been complaining since February about intermittent hammering late at night and the early hours of the morning from the wind farm being built five miles offshore.
One elderly woman was woken by a lump of Artex dropping off the ceiling onto her leg.
But yesterday the Marine Management Organisation, which gave approved the project, said evidence gathered from monitoring was “not robust enough” to change the conditions of Dong’s licence.
However more monitoring equipment is going to be put in residents’ homes, the British Geological Survey is working with Dong to map local seabed geology and a weather station is going to be deployed to see if the sound carries in certain weather conditions.
A statement from the MMO said Dong “have also assured us that they will do all they can to carry out piling activity during the day.”
Coun Hough said he was “not very reassured”, and that monitoring equipment placed in his house had missed some of the worst vibrations, which had made his water pipes rattle. He added: “It’s alright them saying they haven’t got the evidence but it all depends which piece of rock they are hitting at the time. If they want to curry favour with the local population as a gesture of goodwill they could perhaps support some community projects.”
A third of the 35 6MW turbines have been installed, and residents are now nervously waiting for the return of the Danish boat carrying the next five bases.
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