reception will be affected by proposed wind farm', claim protesters
of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will face TV reception
problems if a controversial wind farm is built, campaigners have
claimed this week.
firm Broadview wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines
- each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south
the No Pilrow campaign group, which is fiighting the scheme, has
this week claimed that its research shows one of the four wind
turbines could wipe out TV to 3,500 homes due to interference
with signals from the Mendip transmitter, pictured above.
residents are blissfully unaware that the proposed wind farm at
Rooksbridge may interfere with their television reception,"
No Pilrow spokesman David Maund told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
have stated that Pilrow Wind Farm may interfere with television
reception. Turbine 4 will potentially affect 3,500 homes - equivalent
to a town about half the size of Burnham."
will only know whether their TV reception is adversely affected
when the wind farm becomes operational; then and only then will
mitigation be considered."
Maund added: "Hopefully residents will not suffer the same
fate as residents in County Durham where several households were
left without television when a wind farm became operational. Only
after many months did the developer accept that the wind farm
has stated residents will be able to retune their TV equipment
to receive signals from an alternative transmitter.
the No Pilrow group claims that it "is not a matter of flicking
a switch and even then you may not get the local news from the
TV region you want."
Maund went on to state: "The only way residents can ensure
the continued enjoyment of their television viewing is for the
wind farm not to be constructed and I urge all residents to oppose
whole family watched with enthusiasm the opening ceremony of the
Olympics on Friday night, relying totally on our TV signal. Ironically,
it also reinforced the fact that the beautiful landscape viewed
from our spiritual Glastonbury Tor, the captivating Olympic centrepiece,
will be destroyed by this wind farm."
No Pilrow group will be holding a public exhibition shortly when
visitors will be able to find out more about the plans. The event
will be held at the Wellington Arms in Rooksbridge on Tuesday
7th August at 7.30pm when all will be welcome.
Top, the Mendip TV transmitter viewed from Pill Road and, above,
a photomontage of the wind farm and a map showing its location