Well we are used to the spin of Renewable UK but 3%. That is only 228 turbines in the whole of the UK which for the 228 communities is still 228 too many. The truth is though that the majority of wind farms have noise issues and they are increasing by the day. At the Farr windfarm, which was one of the earliest wind farms in Scotland, over 20 noise complaints have been made in the last year. As they get older, they get noisier. This article is a concern to all as the new larger turbine get built closer and closer to communities as the more remote sites are increasingly taken up. On farm turbines are increasingly figuring in noise complaints exasperated by their proximity to local residents. We are also aware of complaints from the Fairburn wind farm that have been ignored by both SSE, the operators, and the local council on the basis that the properties are too far away. The topography of the area is causal but to accept that would open up a can of worms and SSE have NEVER had a wind farm application refused! Ireland, like Scotland, has a Parliament blinded by ambition and the Midlands is becoming like a pin cushions with every void attracting it’s share of applications.
A mother of two teenage children who lives only 500 metres from a wind turbine at the Corkermore site where a rotor blade broke of in last week’s storm, has for the first time spoken publicly about wind farms.
On reading the comments in the Donegal News last Friday from Cllr John Boyle that their was ‘no danger’ from the sheared blade, Ms Carol Duddy contacted this paper.
She got planning permission for her home six years ago in the Corkermore area when there was no mention of erecting wind turbines.
“Cllr Boyle said the turbines were no problem for the neighbours – he wasn’t speaking for me and I live closest to one. I am not happy with the noise and the flicker effect and I am particularly concerned that a blade could brake off. What would have happened if it had hit someone or my house?
“We have seen a turbine collapse and if one of these did it would not be far from my back door,” Ms Duddy said.
She contacted Donegal County Council after the blade broke off last week and was told it had nothing to do with them.
“I am very annoyed and they are looking to erect another four of these turbines – my house actually vibrates.
“Up until now I have said nothing as I just wanted to keep the peace but now I want to know who is answerable if something happens. I rang the windfarm operators and the Health and Safety Authority and no one has come back to me,” Ms Duddy concluded.