Published: August 1, 2012
Wind farm company plays down concerns regarding TV interference

A wind farm developer has this week played down claims that large numbers of TV viewers could face interference if four proposed turbines are built near Burnham-On-Sea.

As first reported here earlier this week, the No Pilrow campaign group claims thousands of TV viewers could face interference from the 130-metre tall wind turbines - each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south of Rooksbridge.

However, Lisa Ross from wind farm developer Broadview told "The findings of our numerous environmental and technical studies have demonstrated that the Pilrow site is an excellent location for a small wind farm. The assessment of effects on television reception has identified that some properties that are currently using one of the local transmitters - Mendip, Wenvoe or Stockland Hill - could be affected once the turbines are operational."

"However, in most cases, a simple retuning of the television should pick up an alternative service from the three local transmitters. The assessment also confirms that no homes where there is no alternative off-air service will be affected."

She added: "As outlined in our planning application, a baseline television reception study conducted by a qualified television engineer will be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council before construction takes place so that, for any interference that is attributable to the wind farm, we can implement mitigation, such as, reposition of aerials to obtain a stronger signal from the alternative transmitter."

Broadview claims that in addition to providing a local community fund worth up to £750,000, the four turbines will generate a "significant amount" of sustainable electricity, create local jobs and stimulate investment in local businesses.

Meanwhile, the No Pilrow group will be holding a public exhibition when visitors will be able to find out more about the proposals. The event will be held at the Wellington Arms in Rooksbridge on Tuesday 7th August at 7.30pm when all will be welcome.


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