The on-going controversy over two turbines which loom over the north Suffolk countryside took two separate twists yesterday with noise control measures being installed and a possible legal challenge being threatened.

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Since they started operating by Kessingland and Gisleham last summer people in both villages, near Lowestoft, have complained about the noise caused by them.

But yesterday the operators of the 125m turbines, Triodos Renewables, said it had voluntarily installed sound management modules on both of the structures.

The modules’s software can change the parameters of how the turbines will operate in winds and certain weather conditions by changing the angle of their blades to reduce sound they create,

And as well as the modules being installed yesterday Triodos said after discussions with Waveney District Council it would also be setting up noise recording devices at three homes to see if the modules are needed or work.

But as Triodos acted on residents’s concerns over the noise from the turbines, the Kessingland Wind Turbine Pressure Group (KWTPG) said it was looking into launching a legal challenge into getting the turbines switched off permanently.

KWTPG spokesman Sue Kershaw said: “We looking at seeking taking legal action to stop them. There are several issues we are looking at – the whole planning process and the noise.

“Recently the turbines have been at their worse noise wise. It is outrageous it is being allowed to carry on.”

A total of 236 complaints have been made to Waveney District Council about the turbines, which stand either side of the A12 and are claimed by its operators to provide power for up to the equivalent of 3,000 homes.

In August it was revealed that Waveney District Council had said one of them caused a statutory nuisance to one property by environmental health officers.

Adrian Warman, Triodos Renewables operations manager, said once the noise monitor equipment was installed at the three homes they would monitor the turbines for between three to six weeks periods.

Data from the devices will then be regularly shared with a representative of the KWTPG as Triodos Renewables is keen to share its research with people from Kessingland and Gisleham.

Mr Warman said: “I would like to think that as like all companies involving turbines, we take into consideration of the local community and people’s concerns.”

As well as noise problems the turbines, which are also operated by Ecogen, are said to have created shadow flicker on people’s properties at certain times of day – a problem the two firms say they have tackled by installing equipment to solve it.

Anyone who wants to report noise at caused by the turbines outside office hours should call Waveney’s environmental health team on 01502 515435 To make a report in office hours, ring 01502 562111.

11 comments

  • CJW "There fine-since those Turbines have been up they have vastly improved the Welfare of Kessingland Village" Would you care to explain exactly how the welfare has been improved? This will be interesting!

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    windup

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • Those Wind Turbines are making our Village Rich and the more that go up within its Boundaries the more Excellence this Village will improve with all things-I'm just glad I'm a Voluntary worker for my local Kessingland Parish Council to prove my point and tell them its gains and riches it portrays for the future.

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    Colin James Watling

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • There fine-since those Turbines have been up they have vastly improved the Welfare of Kessingland Village-its just basically some sour faced people wanting to get their hands on some of the cash there making in the way of Compensationke them even more sour faced.

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    Colin James Watling

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • There fine-since those Turbines have been up and running they have vastly improved the Welfare of Kessingland Village and Environment-its just basically some sour faced people wanting to get their hands on some of the cash there making in the way of Compensation to make them even more sour faced.

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    Colin James Watling

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • BG you are correct, they are in the wrong place, as are virtually all onshore turbines. I have to feel for the people affected, especially with the response I see from Triodos who even stated that there is no evidence of wind turbines affecting property prices! Glad I'm not trying to sell a house in Kessingland!

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    windup

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • Some Hope-without these Turbines Kessingland Village is dead in the Water-it was like this until they were built and put up-I personally like progress but I don't want to see this Village return to the Stalemate years that were long and drawn out and boring for me with nothing to do.

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    Colin James Watling

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • This Village has not gone from good to worse-more like from Strength to Strength-I have even seen an improvement in the Youth of this Village since these Turbines have been put there-that's something in itself that it is benefitting the whole spectrum of people and not just individuals-young and old alike-I want to see more built for kessingland to improve even more the benefits to our humble Village.

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    Colin James Watling

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • CJW Thank you for your reply. I suspect you may, however, be in a majority of one with your views, and I also suspect that not many in KWTPG would agree with you. I think that if someone proposed two HUGE turbines making noise any time they are turning into my area we'd welcome them roughly the same as we'd welcome a return of the plague! My sincere hope is that KWTPG succeed in stopping them, and, ultimately having them removed altogether. Then your village welfare will undoubtedly improve, as will your property prices!

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    windup

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • These turbines, being so close to the A12, are a distraction to motorists. During the summer I noticed there was quite a shadow, which I think is called flickering, on the hedgerow on the A12 caused by the sun shining through the moving blade of one of the turbines. They are really in the wrong place.

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    BG

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • Because they are based within the Borders of Kessingland Village so they belong to Kessingland-it has vastly improved the Environment and vastly improved the Welfare of this Village as a whole-without these things we are like any other Village-a Ghost Village or a Ghost Town-these separate us from that and puts the Village back on the map.

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    Colin James Watling

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • I have to say I agree with Colin on this one. There is no problems with then these people need to get a life and stop moaning. Or if not I will move into there house as I used to live near one and there was no problems. Tridos have tried different things to help but its still not good enough. Get over it people and I'm.with tridos on this one and I see no problem with them.

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    vinny.p

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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