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Welch wind farm neighbors ask for night-time shut downs of turbines within 2km/1.25mi of homes

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Neighbors of the Alltwalis Wind Farm farm near Carmarthen, Wales, met with the Welsh Government Petitions Committee as the next step in their quest to regain a measure of night-time quiet.  Several residents spoke of their difficulty in sleeping, and having to obtain prescriptions for sleeping pills. As one resident stressed, “We should not be expected to take drugs to get a decent night’s sleep.”  The residents who were quoted in this local press article live 800-900m (a bit over a half mile) from turbines.

About a thousand people have signed a petition asking for turbines within 2km (1.25 mi) of communities to be shut down from 10pm to 6am, and those 1.5km (4900 ft) from individual homes to be shut down after 6pm.  The current wind farm consists of ten turbines, two of which the company has reportedly shut down in response to the noise complaints; several more developments in the planning process could add as many as 80 more turbines to the region in the coming years.

Statkraft, which runs the wind farm, issued a statement affirming that sound reading taken in the community affirm that “the wind farm continues to legally operate within the conditions laid down by the local authority when planning consent was granted,” and that it has worked closely with neighbors, the local council, and the wind turbine supplier to address noise issues, including replacing a gearbox.  Statkraft said it would be providing information to the Petitions Committee in response to complaints made at the recent meeting.

This appears to be another example of a common occurrence: a wind farm operating within the noise limits set by local authorities, yet still disturbing a significant proportion of the nearby population; in this case, enough people to spur a thousand to sign a petition asking for night time shut downs (we can probably presume that not all of them are personally being bothered, with many signing in empathy for those who are).

 

 

 

One Response to “Welch wind farm neighbors ask for night-time shut downs of turbines within 2km/1.25mi of homes”

  1. Mike Hulme Says:

    It should be noted:
    Statkraft, the company which runs the Alltwalis Wind Farm, has said …”The wind farm continues to legally operate within the conditions laid down by the local authority when planning consent was granted…Statkraft has nothing to hide from how it is operating Alltwalis Wind Farm within its lawful rights.”

    http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Statkraft-Farm-working-noise-limit/story-15419903-detail/story.html

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