Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - 'Poor Advice Has Led to Noisy Wind Farms Sited Too Close to Houses'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - 'Poor Advice Has Led to Noisy Wind Farms Sited Too Close to Houses'

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Byline: KEITH TARN

THE reason why the United Kingdom has an inadequate health and safety standard for wind farms, which has resulted in people being made ill and even forced to abandon their homes because of noise, is now clear.

Staff from power firms have been working in Government departments, advising them on matters such as appropriate noise levels and the departments have accepted their advice (The Journal, August 28).

The result is ETSU-R-97, a document planners and the industry are obligated to follow. It allows residents of houses to be constantly subjected to in excess of 40db of noise (my door bell emits 80db) and has resulted in wind turbines being sited too close to houses.

Two questions come to mind. What gives politicians the right to inflict noise pollution on citizens of this country? And why are politicians and engineers deemed to be the correct persons to determine safe noise levels?

The French National Academy of Medicine has called for a halt to large scale wind developments within 1500m of houses, because the sounds emitted by the blades constitute a permanent risk for persons exposed to them. …

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