Credit is due to East Ayrshire Council for taking legal action against Community Windpower for failing to meet the planning conditions imposed on its Sneddon Law wind farm (“Judges halt work on wind farm over water pollution complaints”, The Herald, December 17). The same council has also recently issued an abatement notice on an unauthorised noisy wind turbine.
Investigating complaints is resource intensive for a council and if obliged to take action against the wrongdoer it is exposed to the risk of proceedings by an appellant who in many cases is far better placed and resourced to argue the case. This leads to dithering by the Council and prolonged suffering for the complainant. Such is the case in the neighbouring local authority of East Renfrewshire where it has taken the Council three years to investigate complaints of excessive noise from wind turbines in the Uplawmoor area. Monitoring has now established that that noise limits are being exceeded by a whopping nine decibels.
East Ayrshire Council has put its citizens’ health and wellbeing first and deserves praise for its efforts. May more local authorities follow their lead.