wind turbine shadows 'would create danger on M5'
proposed wind farm that could be built next to the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea would "create long, moving shadows across
the carriageways", causing confusion to motorists and raising
the risk of accidents, a leading wind farm protester told a packed
meeting on Tuesday evening (July 20th).
than 130 worried villagers filled West Huntspill Village Hall
to air their concerns at the plans to build nine wind turbines
in West Huntspill and five others in East Huntspill, as shown
here in a photomontage.
Wakefield from the West Huntspill Action Group, pictured above,
said the problem of 'shadow flicker', caused by moving wind turbines,
would affect M5 motorists.
shadow flicker problem will be particularly dangerous along the
M5 motorway at certain times of the day. Motorists not expecting
to find moving shadows around them may well swerve to avoid them,"
he claimed. "It would be very dangerous."
a map, he showed the audience where the proposed wind turbines
would be situated in relation to the motorway and existing homes
in the area.
described how the huge turbines "would tower over the countryside,
as high as Brent Knoll."
Wakefield added: "The plans from EDF and Ecotricity show
some of the wind turbines would be just a few hundred metres from
our homes even though some countries, such as France, do not allow
turbines to be built within three kilometres of homes due to the
adverse affects they can have."
went on to say that if each home in the two villages invested
in solar panels, far more power would be created than all 14 wind
Wakefield also discussed concerns about the "incessant thumping"
sound that would be generated by the wind farm.
low frequency noise that the wind turnbines would create would
go through windows and doors and constantly be there, causing
sleeplessness and stress, as proven by sleep experts."
Tuesday's meeting, Brian Cosby, the Chairman of East Huntspill's
Action Group, (pictured below) also explained why there is so
much concern about the proposals.
huge turbines would destroy our area, creating health problems
through their incessant noise, putting off tourists, hitting house
prices and affecting wildlife," he said.
should be sited somewhere where they don't damage our wonderful
meeting came as EDF this week announced that it is to hold a series
of public exhibitions in the Burnham area as part of its consultation
over its plans to develop its wind farm at Withy Farm.
open meetings will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall from
2-8pm on Thursday August 12th, Puriton Village Hall from 11am-7pm
on Monday August 2nd, and East Huntspill's New Village Hall from
10am-8pm on Tuesday August 3rd.
claims its nine 2MW turbines would be capable of producing enough
electricity to supply the annual requirements of over 10,000 homes
and could lead to savings of at least 17,500 tonnes of carbon
dioxide every year.
Garry, EDF Energy Renewables Development Manager for the
project, said: "Local opinion is very important to us and
we would encourage anyone who has a question or is interested
in the project to come along to discuss the plans with us."
showing location of EDF's wind turbines
showing location of Ecotricity's wind turbines