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Controversial Palgrave wind turbine shut down

10:09 09 February 2012

Palgrave residents who are unhappy at the noise the new community centre wind turbine makes. From left, Violet Wilmshurst, Keith Goodman, Maralyn Rintoul, David Thrower, Brian Bussey, Neil Weston and Adrian Wilmshurst.  Picture: Denise Bradley

Palgrave residents who are unhappy at the noise the new community centre wind turbine makes. From left, Violet Wilmshurst, Keith Goodman, Maralyn Rintoul, David Thrower, Brian Bussey, Neil Weston and Adrian Wilmshurst. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A controversial village wind turbine has been shut down while a long-term solution is found to problems with noise from the rotor blades – which neighbours say is keeping them awake at night and causing health problems.

The Palgrave Community Centre committee has switched off the 24m turbine on the edge of the village playing fields after villagers in Lows Lane, the Green and Upper Rose Lane complained they could not sleep due to the “whirring” sound which was causing persistent migraines.

Concerns were also raised about “flicker” from the turbine casting shadows over neighbouring gardens.

Upper Rose Lane resident Neil Weston, who is opposed to the turbine, said district council inspectors visited nearby homes at 1am to determine what effect the noise of the blades was having.

He added villagers wanted the community centre to consider alternative sources of renewable energy, such as a biomass boiler or solar panels, which the community centre had rejected.

“We are very happy now. The villagers and I can sleep peacefully again.

“The turbine is still there, but in many ways it being there is not the issue. The fact is, it was making too much noise and they have decided to turn it off.”

Community centre committee member John Kilgannon said: “We are working with the manufacturer Gaia, Mosscliff the contractor and the local council to get the turbine working as soon as possible.

“The savings on our electricity bills and the income from Feed-In-Tariffs will help fund essential work needed at the community centre for the next 25 years.”

dominic.bareham2@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection to the Government by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958" and following the link.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection to the Government by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958" and following the link.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • Here is some truth Mr. Kilgannon. We, the residents of the UK, many of us in fuel poverty, do not want to be forced, without the chance of a veto, to pay for the electricity bills of your community centre or to pay for any essential work. To pay for that work is the prerogative of your community members ONLY. The Feed-in Tariff is what is stealing from us. Teach yourself about it and the place to start is the Governments own publication "DECC: Feed-in Tariffs - Governments Response to the Summer 2009 Consultation". See especially P.33-34, then P.38 especially paragraphs 142-143 ".....so that all electricity consumers can make a contribution to the development of small-scale low carbon electricity." See how Ofgem, a quango, has the monitoring role so it all appears to be removed from big brother "Government". How do non electricity bill payers get similarly "stung"? Answer - they don't. Did you know that every 1 MW of wind power has to be accompanied 100%, 24-365, by a running fossil fuel plant? When are you personally going to come and subsidise my electricity bill for me to, at least, pull my wife and I out of fuel poverty? Dry behind the ears before you give the EDP a quote to make sure you know what you are playing with. Finally, noise reason has prevailed - there is much to read on the Internet about this subject especially that it is well known that the Government recently (2 years ago) covered up the unfavourable knowledge about turbine noise.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

  • 'Spose they could graft a mobile phone mast onto it in the meantime, or is that opening up another can of worms (brain cancer from the laser beams and all that)?

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    frank young

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

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