NO to industrial wind turbines in rural west Morpeth
Up to 14 wind turbines are proposed for the Molesden/Edington/Tranwell/Whalton area of Morpeth at present. Turbines are not wind “farms”: the character of this unspoilt, rural area will be permanently changed to that of a large industrial wind power station. Each turbine may be up to six times the height of the Angel of the North. The turbines will be visible for up to 20 miles away. Turbines may be within 275m of some rural hamlets, within 1.25 miles of Whalton village centre, 1.5 miles of Mitford village centre, and within 1.4 miles of some Kirkhill/Loansdean homes on the edge of Morpeth. All these areas are within the range where noise nuisance can be expected, often felt as a low pulsing vibration that is more of a sensation than a noise. As one wind farm neighbour explained, “It defeats double glazing and ear plugs, coming up through the ground as a thump in the chest or a throbbing in the ears”. Such noise nuisance gives rise to the increasingly well recognized 'wind turbine syndrome', a form of sleep deprivation disorder. Other negative impacts may include those upon visual amenity, wildlife, property values, & local tourism. Northumberland is rapidly becoming a dumping ground for wind turbines; although we have only 17 turbines currently operating, we estimate that there are 108 being built, proposals for a further 211, and local planning frameworks are already in place for an equivalent of up to 6807 turbines over time. An individual turbine can secure up to £300,000 per annum in subsidies alone, not counting the profits from the actual electricity generated. These subsidies, largely derived from our electricity bills, therefore inflating prices, often go to foreign developers, so leaching millions of pounds from the UK economy. We, the undersigned, strongly object to the siting of industrial turbines in rural West Morpeth, and indeed to the proliferation of wind power proposals across Northumberland. We believe them to be not only completely unwanted by the local communities, but grossly intrusive, detrimental to tourism and economically non-viable.