[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Health body in bid to ban wind farms 

Credit:  By Rachel Watson | Scottish Daily Mail | 11 Aug 2014 | ~~

The spread of wind farms could be halted by legal action from people who claim their health has been affected by turbines while ministers have ignored their plight.

A pressure group, supported by ex-Tory MEP Struan Stevenson, has been set up to back legal opposition against wind farms, including those in the planning stages, which are thought to threaten public health.

Mr Stevenson believes dozens of schemes have been passed in breach of the Aarhus Convention, a European law that states the public has a right to live in a healthy environment.

Some scientific studies have suggested that low-level noise – infrasound – emitted by the giant turbines can lead to sleep deprivation for people living nearby. However, the Scottish Government insists there is no evidence of a ‘causal direct link’.

Andrew Vivers, a former Army captain, who lives near the Ark Hill wind farm in Angus, believes his health has deteriorated due to the turbines. But he fears that many, like him, will be unable to afford to take legal action.

He said: ‘I was getting headaches and dizziness, and I had sleep deprivation too. I was able to prove sleep deprivation by having an infrasound machine in my house.

‘Many will not be able to afford the fees to take legal action.

‘Those who can afford to move away can, but most people can’t afford to take the drop in their property price and their health will deteriorate.’

Planning guidance suggests turbines should not be built closer than 1.2 miles to homes, but it is not a legal requirement.

The Scottish Government has passed a scottishpower plan to build 23 turbines, each 410ft high, only two miles from Straiton, South Ayrshire.

Mr Stevenson claims the approval of the Dersalloch farm was ‘sneaked out’ by the Government on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games.

He said: ‘The SNP Government’s obsession with industrial wind turbines has ridden roughshod over local democracy, where unanimous rejection of egregious planning applications are routinely called in and overturned by central government.’

Ayrshire-based campaign group Winds of Justice argues the Scottish Government’s failure to recognise the impact of wind farms on peoples’ health breaches the Aarhus Convention. A website has been set up to encourage people fighting wind farms to consider seeking legal action.

Group spokesman Susan Crosthwaite said: ‘There will be a number of challenges in the UK soon.’

A spokesman for Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: ‘If Mr Stevenson wants to continue with his opposition to wind farms he may wish to focus his attention on his Tory colleagues at Holyrood who profit from wind farms on their properties. Or on his UK Tory Government, whose policy supports the same level of onshore wind farms as in Scotland.’

A Scottish Government spokesman said a review of international research found ‘no clear evidence’ of a causal link between turbines and ill health.

Source:  By Rachel Watson | Scottish Daily Mail | 11 Aug 2014 |

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

Tag: Complaints

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky