I SEE from my good friend Peter Walker’s (who writes as a Pinwherry resident and not as chair of Pinwherry and Pinmore Community Council) letter in last week’s Gazette that he suggests a windfarm for the sea off Girvan in response to what he sees as Girvan and District Community Council’s supposed embracing of wind farm developments in the Carrick area.
Peter fails to say that Girvan and District CC had no say whatsoever in the Hadyard Hill, Arecleoch or Markhill developments and whilst we are very grateful to be part of Carrick Futures and can apply for community benefits generated by Arecleoch and Marhill wind farms, Girvan in the main does not receive any major benefits from the Hadyard Hill development.
All community councillors in Girvan and District are individuals quite capable of forming their own opinion and coming to a majority decision for the benefit of our community without the addition of hot air from turbines or any other source.
This community has been short changed in recent years and anything that changes this for the better through employment or finance for the town will inevitably enjoy the backing of the community council.
In the end whether it be the proposed Tralog development, the Assel Valley development or the hypothetical Girvan Bay development, it is not the community council who make the final decision although we will pursue the best interests of our community. Any such developments will go to public consultation and due planning process.
Happy New Year Peter, from Girvan and District CC
I AM writing to voice my families concern on the subject of your article “Wind Cash Bonus” published on December 29, 2010, the article regarding the possible construction of yet another wind farm in the area.
The reasons for our concern are; our family home is already very negatively affected by noise and shadow flicker from the Hadyard Hill wind farm and would also be directly affected by the Tralorg wind farm, should it go ahead with the same poor planning considerations as Hadyard Hill. With the likely addition of the Assel Valley wind farm, ours like many homes in the Assel Valley will be encircled by turbines the cumulative impact of which will destroy many residents quality of life and their enjoyment of their homes and gardens.
Almost all wind farm operators public information, state that “wind farms do not make noise or any noise they do make is masked by the wind and other background noise“. While this may be true for some it is simply not true for “all,” some quick research on the internet will tell you that this institutionalised misinformation is repeated worldwide.
We were told much the same at the public consultation before construction of the Hadyard site ‘the noise from the turbines would be masked by the sound of the wind’. Sadly they obviously didn’t consider the fact that if they put the turbines on top of a hill and a house is on the leeward side of that hill, then the house is mostly sheltered from the wind but is easily reached by the aerodynamic noise made by the wind turbines. Had we been made aware of the real noise risk before hand, we would have raised objections to the proximity of the turbines to our home. It pays to do some research.
Once the turbines are in place, it’s very difficult to get anyone to do anything about the noise, and the burden of proof falls seems to fall on the owners of the affected property.
Who often, are made out to be exaggerating, even by their friends, and evidence they collect to support their claim classed as biased, anecdotal and therefore worthless. You really have to live with the noise to understand, knowing you can go home and get away from it makes it hard to truly understand how it affects those stuck living with it.
Currently when the Hadyard turbines are running, the noise experienced in and around our home ranges from a persistent distant mechanical hum heard only outside to a constant loud rumble and thumping whoosh heard both indoors and out.
The noise, when at its worst makes relaxation impossible, it’s always there, there’s no escaping from it, try reading a book and its all you can hear, thump thump, it can be heard over the television and stereo, thump thump thump, try going to sleep and it’s still there, thump thump, keeping us awake.
The noise is worst when the wind is blowing from the south or east, through the turbines towards the house, however with a prevailing south-westerly wind, thankfully we don’t get the noise at its worst for the greatest percentage of the time.
This is where our worry comes in; the planned Assel Valley and Tralorg sites are to the south west and west respectively and roughly the same distance away as the Hadyard turbines, around 1 - 2 km, and directly in the prevailing wind. This will mean if the noise output is roughly the same, there will be no respite from the noise, no matter what direction the wind blows.
As wind farm sites I believe both the Assel Valley and Tralorg hill sites to be too small areas to provide decent set back distances to adequately protect those living on all sides from any noise produced.
If the planners, manufacturers and operators were honest about the noise produced by wind farms and sited them a reasonable distance from all residential properties, wind energy would have far less opposition.
Why have 2 km buffer recommendations from towns and villages, yet only 700m or 10 x the blade diameter distance from isolated or secluded properties? Do we not all have the same rights?
The only answer I can think of is, they think they can get away with upsetting a few individual families but the number of complaints they would get from a village or town would make the rest of Britain stand up and think “actually those country folk might have had a point”.
With South Ayrshire becoming more and more saturated with wind turbines, sadly a growing number of people are suffering their negative effects, but the voice of the people is getting louder and it has got to the time to and stand together and say no more!!