Operators of two controversial wind turbines have admitted the equipment needed to stop them disturbing villagers had not been installed.

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Tim Kirby, managing director of EcoGen, claimed he was unaware the module designed to shut down the turbines when they created flickering shadows on homes had not been fitted on ones in Kessingland, near Lowestoft.

But he moved to reassure residents that it was now installed on the turbine at Africa Alive wildlife park, while the work was under way to install a second module on the turbine near the A12.

Mr Kirby said: “The module was factored into the original design of the turbines and should have been installed.

“When we realised they had not been fitted we contacted the company in Germany who carry out the work to make sure they do so.”

The announcement came yesterday when more than 100 people descended on a public meeting at St Edmunds Church Hall, Kessingland, to air their grievances about the project.

Residents - including people from the neighbouring village of Gisleham- called for compensation from Waveney District Council who backed the original planning proposal, while others demanded a public enquiry.

But the majority of complaints were from people who claimed their lives had been affected by the noise and flickering shadows from the turning blades.

Terry Bullard, who also lives in Black Street, said he couldn’t bear to stay in his kitchen when the turbines were on because of the shadow flicker.

The retired coach driver said: “There are no trees or nothing to stop it - it is unbearable to be in the kitchen with the strobing.

“And from two in the morning all you can hear is ‘whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,’ so I hope you are going to sort it.”

He added: “There has been a 20pc loss in the value of our home and we want some compensation for the hassle.”

The windturbines have been constructed by Triodos Renewables with the support of renewable energy project developer EcoGen under a joint development agreement with Lowestoft company SLP. Together they should generate electricity equivalent to the needs of 3,000 homes.

Matthew Clayton, director of Triodos, apologised for not having the equipment installed sooner and said his company had carried out research that suggested the turbines would not have an impact on the value of properties.

But when asked if they could shut them down at night so people could sleep better, he said it was unlikely.

He said: “In all likelyhood we will not switch them off at night. As long as we are compliant with regulations we won’t.”

MP for Waveney Peter Aldous, who chaired the meeting, said: “I think it will be a good idea if people record their specific concerns with their name and address so we can give them to the operators and environmental health team so they can work to address these concerns.”

Mr Aldous proposed another public meeting be held in three months time to reveal what progress has been made.

The panel at the meeting included, Philip Ridley and Kevin Hilson of Waveney District Council, operators Matthew Clayton and Tim Kirby and enviromental protection manager for Waveney District Council and Suffolk Costal District Council Andrew Reynolds.

24 comments

  • we should stop building these pieces of junk and hurry up building nuclear power stations. i think people who don't want nuclear should only get there electric from these windmills so no wind no lights.

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    i love lowestoft

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • Well Trevor that's the simple bit-they produce Energy by there blades turning into the Wind-the site was looked over for Several Years before those Turbines went up and to make sure there was enough Wind to keep them Efficient-there was Several meetings about these Turbines prior to them being built and no-one had any complaints then including the Parish Council. Oh and another good thing about them is they keep the Air Circulated over the Village and I can Breathe better and get a good nights sleep.

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    Colin James Watling

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Norfolk Dumpling, agree your comments. What concerns me greatly is that companies can still make money by turning off the turbines more or less at will. Jusy goes to show the subsidies we, the consumer, pay them. Also, how, precisely, can the energy produced ever be consistently fed into the grid if, all of a sudden, they decide to turn them off? What good is that to us all? Scam is a good description promoted by the EU, of course. MP's though must take their share of the blame for this - Peter Aldous MP today, on Radio Norfolk, advised quite categorically, that the East Anglian Array will provide 5 times the electricity of Sizewell - and they expect us to both believe and respect their rantings. Yet still they plough on with onshore and offshore, whatever the cost to people, the landscape and most importantly, I guess, our electricity needs.

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    Trevor S

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • Callum. Sympathetic soul aren't you. Its nothing like you describe. Its a function of distance, frequency of rotation and window width. At its worst, its like having a strobe light in the living room. You may choose to do this at your choice, these people have no choice.

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    thomaspaine

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • I wonder if all those who derided the local residents in hte previous article on this subject will now apologise?

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    andy

    Friday, January 27, 2012

  • Mr. Watling, I've read some comments in my time on these threads, but your's takes the biscuit for....well, I had better not go there. What, precisely, have any of the attributes mentioned by you got to do with producing energy?

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    Trevor S

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • 1."Sinders"-Google Waubra, Laurie, Pierpont, Hanning, Nissenbaum, Pereira, Alex Salt, Amanda Harry, Frey, Hadden Bowdler, Pedersen, Van Den Berg, UKNA 'Location, Location, Location' as references about WT noise and infra-sound. Read Davis Lincs, Mike Hulme in Devon, then google to Ontario Moratorium and you will find why people are complaining. Different home builds and scenery BUT same problems. 2. Good-on-ya Norfolkboy14! I'm signed up. 3. Think about this. If the turbines shut down periodically for problems of noise andor shadow flicker [planning conditions!], where will the generated power come from to prevent power loss? Why, from the 100% Wind Installed Capacity, 24-365, conventional fossil fuelled backup generation. Proof enough that the wind turbines are a DIRTY source of power generation and 24-365 backup is enforced. Surely the backup is the responsibility of the WT company, not our government. Colin james Watling I think you should reflect on your "green" eco-facist troll comments. 4. Plant Margin, totally corrupted by stochastic, intermittent wind and renewables of erratic performance is destroying the secure, instantly demandable, infinitely dispatchable electricity balanced Supply-Demand source which is our historically designed National Grid system. Take note Mr. Watling-you'll need a houseful or more of candles and matches t'boot. 5. By the way, these are NOT wind turbines but AERO-GENERATORS.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • As someone who has had to endure this problem I attended the meeting and was shocked by this revelation. It does not matter if you agree or disagree about the impact, although those who have not experienced it would be advised to keep quiet, or else show their ignorance. What matters is that the turbines were operated for months while this was known, generating profit and disregarding residents. It was a flagrant breach of planning permission. To condone it shows a contempt for the law!

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    Anthony Gower

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • Callum. Sympathetic soul aren't you. Its nothing like you describe. Its a function of distance, frequency of rotation and window width. At its worst, its like having a strobe light in the living room. You may choose to do this at your choice, these people have no choice.

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    thomaspaine

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • Mr. Watling, I despair after reading comments like this. I can only assume your village was hoodwinked into believing the hype that turbines can provide significant amounts of electricity for the UK demand, so that is a matter for your villagers to come to terms with. That, though, is no reason to continue to accept the mistruths and general garbage put forward by the wind energy company that has been found to be at the very least economic with the facts about turbines, which are now blighting the lives of your fellow residents. It is regrettable that there are still people around that take the same view as you, and seem proud that turbines are being erected (whether onshore or offshore), but let me assure you, after much research, it is easy to show that turbines will prove to be the white elephant of all white elephants. Why? Well, have a look at www.ref.org.uk as a first step in your education on the inadequacy of wind energy. To actually ask for all the land around Kessingland to be filled with turbines is utterly ridiculous - and you call it progress! As 'i love lowestoft' so succinctly put it, they are 'pieces of junk'.

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    Trevor S

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • Oh Dear. Shadow Flicker. It must be like living near some trees on a windy day . . . We just can't be having that in a rural area.

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    Callum Ringer

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • Why is it that the companies (normally foreign) responsible for these hideous and inefficient contaptions are allowed to breach planning laws and get favourable treatment at every turn. Answers in a plain brown envelope please.

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    kevin bacon

    Monday, January 30, 2012

  • Don't be silly, they do not apologise because we are just cranks and nimbys and they are all so sanctimonious, sad to hear about Triodos saying tough about the noise though.

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    Neil Buchanan

    Friday, January 27, 2012

  • And, of course, you need to ask yourself WHY did the installing company "forgot " to install the shut-down equipment? Simple, each time the aero-generators have to be shut-down because of nuisance, the owner loses out on the substantial ROC subsidy income from Ofgem and cannot claim Constraint Payments from the National Grid, all of which we pay for. Doesn't say much for Tridos Renewables or EcoGen Quality Standards, does it? "It's raining Money, Money, Money" is the rallying call of these companies, all screwed out of the innocent and invariably poor electricity bill payer, even those in fuel poverty. What a scam. These companies should be forced by law, at the time of installation, to compensate local people for the notional loss in value and saleability of their homes.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • We need to get the Government onside, as well as local councils and others, if we are going to stop these wind turbines being built. The way they blight ordinary peoples lives is a national disgrace. Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection to the Government by googling "petition 22958" and following the link. Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to the Editors of your local newspapers.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • I feel so sorry for the local residents that their lives can be ruined in this way. Ordinary people count for nothing in this country. It is shameful.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Friday, January 27, 2012

  • Well Norfolk Dumpling its like this: 1) You cannot possibly tell someone to grow up. 2) Fossil fuels such as Coal and Gas are limited are at Present Consumption are only with for us for no more than another 50 years or so. 3) I hate to repeat myself after how much I have strived to say how much I am for these Turbines being there but as for these hard working guys that put these things up on the Horizon I would say to them use every single bit of land there is in Kessingland Villge to raise these things off the ground-I am 110% for them and always have been-am now and shall be for the future-I like to see them and I like to see progress for our Village at whatever expense-even if it means a few people having a dig at them without reason the price of them being erected is well worth it in the long run-if I lived underneath one of them and looking after it I would be happy and content with that responsability-I just don't understand people and their snipes. I have not made any profit or income from these Turbines whatsoever so why should I be so for them rather than opposed to them? Maybe they should pay you off some of the rewards of them to keep your mouths shut.

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    Colin James Watling

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • I attended the wind turbine meeting on Friday, as an observer who wanted to see how constructive this meeting was going to be and was interested to the outcome. One gentleman stood up and criticised the developer for placing a sound measuring box under a bush claiming that the measurement taken would not have been fair. Surely if the noise of the turbines have the capacity to travel through brick walls, then this same noise will be able to penetrate through a bush! People were complaining that the noise is worse in their house than their next door neighbour. May I suggest that everyone’s house is built differently with different materials, layout, curtains, blinds etc. and some people’s hearing is worse than others. Another chap stood up and said that his blood pressure was up since the turbines were erected. Could it be it’s not the actual turbines themselves that are causing the increase in his blood pressure but the fact that he himself is getting worked up in his anger that they are there at all. The developer advised that the yield from these turbines is far greater than that of other turbine sites around the country. This is good news, but still the locals won't want them. How many of these people would oppose Sizewell C? We need something if we don’t want to start turning the lights out. Peter Aldous advised everyone about the Government’s future policy for planning – giving local people more power to veto the developments in their area. This I find very alarming and means in the future nothing will ever be built and this country will fall further behind in its need for updated infrastructure as we will be ruled by people who do not want to move forward and are opposed to change.

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    Sinders

    Monday, January 30, 2012

  • Hello "CJW" yet again, broadcasting to the world of your utter stupidity. You really have no idea that we are paying for the electricity generated by renewables, have you, all at double the cost of fossil fuel electricity. But in parallel we are also paying for the 100%, 24-365 fossil fuel backup enforced. I hope you hit fuel poverty soon if you do not already suffer from it. And one day in the future you will be old and ill having spent a lifetime hopefully paying your dues. Then you will wake up one morning and find there are no more benefit payments. What will you do then when you realise all the money has been tipped down the renewables drain and exported to our European neighbours? There are none so blind as those that refuse to see. We have some 700 years of coal beneath our feet, thorium a-plenty and have found shale gas yet environMENTAL eco-fascist idiots like you think backed up renewables are the answer to the electricity generation problem. Grow up. If you like them so much tell National Grid to not supply you because you want to be reliant on the wind turbines at Kessingland. But before you venture on that path, I would read the technically literate knowledge in the comments on this thread.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • "CJW". The 6 month 'pay-back' time we hear so much about is because the electricity generation of the turbines gets a subsidy of 1 ROC per MW-h [1,000 Units]. So, not only do we electricity bill payers pay the real price of 1 MW-h of about £38, but we also pay out, on TOP of that, for each subsidy ROC that Ofgem pays out and 1 ROC is worth between £39-£45. We also finance, on TOP of those two, the Climate Change Levy [CCL] paid by every NON-renewables generation plant [unbelievably also by nuclear generators which have the cleanest carbon footprint of all with NO CO2 emissions when generating] on 1 MW-h and that is between £4.50- £5.50 per 1 MW-h. So, if you have any sense at all, and I am beginning to wonder, try following up the references on this thread to increase your personal knowledge and to prevent being taken in "hook, line and sinker" by the "green" eco-fascist and government scam ruining our children's futures whether on council estates or not. I started life on a rather notorious council estate but decided to increase my lot by education - it worked.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • 50 by 2050 and 100 by 2100-then they'll really have something to snipe and complain about. Hey what about the swooshing of the Sea late at night when the waters get up or Motobikes hitting 190+ along the Bypass-does that keep you lot awake? How about the Lions Roaring at the Wild Life Park-now there's bound to be no end of complaints about these things.

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    Colin James Watling

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • 1) I like the look of them 2) I like seeing them there 3) I hope in the future there is more of them erected 4) We all need to Man up and accept these things as well as progress. If you ever want to exchange your houses with mine I'll gladly accept this-come live on a Council Estate-you wouldn't last an Hour. By day they tell me the Direction of the Wind. At night they sound like one of those Roman Slave Galleys Rowing down the River Hundred. Flights taking off from Stansted Airport now use these for Navigation out to the East over Anglia. Amateur flyers use them for diving practice. And I have also been told they are visible from the top of Ely Cathederal on a clear day.

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    Colin James Watling

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • Colin James Watling and Callum Ringer, your comments are vacuous and puerile. If this is progress, then heaven help us. Wind energy is wrong on so many levels, from it's intermittency through to it's unreliability, so how that is progress beats me and many others, I might add. Sinders, your comments are fatuous and take no account of the research into the noise issue with turbines, or the issues these poor people have- I guess you don't live in the vicinity, otherwise you might think differently. You seem to have the wrong end of the stick and seem to believe the hype and rubbish spouted by these wind energy businesses out to make a fortune out of the consumer. The fact that the energy can never form a significant part of our energy base seems to have passed you by, and regrettably, it is the pseudo-green faction that wear the rose tinted spectacles, and will not listen to reason. Do a little research and start to understand the issues with this form of (non) energy before it is too late.

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    Trevor S

    Monday, January 30, 2012

  • Its called PROGRESS-man up and stop complaining about it-we all need some clean energy and you lot would be the first ones to start complaining if the lights went out-anyway I've got a draw full of Candles if I need them in times of Crises

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    Colin James Watling

    Monday, January 30, 2012

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