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Haddenham and Stretham GP speaks up over potential health impact of wind turbines 

Credit:  Jordan Day | Ely Weekly News | August 27, 2014 | www.ely-news.co.uk ~~

A GP insists a wind farm cannot be built at Berry Fen because of the impact turbines can have on people’s health.

Dr. Pamela Kenny, a GP at Haddenham and Stretham surgeries from 1986 until 2006, and who is currently a trustee of the emergency medical charity, Magpas, has researched and written an article on the health impacts of wind turbines on behalf of the Stop Berry Wind Farm campaign group.

The group is ferociously protesting against REG Windpower’s plans to erect three turbines at Berry Fen – land in between the villages of Haddenham and Aldreth.

Dr. Kenny said: “Symptoms reported from around the world include many associated with sleep disturbance, chronic sleep deprivation and stress caused by the audible and inaudible noise of the turbines, including poor concentration and memory, depression, headaches and migraines, increased blood sugar, and increased blood pressure.

“Other symptoms include dizziness, unsteadiness, ear pain, sensations of pressure or fullness in the ears, vertigo, and vibration in the body, particularly the chest.

“People living near to wind farms also report feelings of annoyance, anger and aggression, even panic, and those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADD/ADHD can experience increased agitation.

“We need to stop building wind farms and instead fund other less harmful renewable technologies.”

Plans for the turbines – and all the facilities needed to erect them, including underground electric cabling and site access tracks – have been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

REG Windpower says the new turbines could provide enough renewable energy to power 4,500 homes and that if the proposals are approved a community fund of over £30,000 a year will be created to support local good causes.

But protestors say the turbines will “destroy the peace and tranquility” of the area and “wreak havoc” on local wildlife.

Residents have until Wednesday, September 3 to have their say on the plans by visiting www.eastcambs.gov.uk.

Source:  Jordan Day | Ely Weekly News | August 27, 2014 | www.ely-news.co.uk

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