A group of villagers in north Suffolk have launched a new campaign group in an effort to get two controversial wind turbines decommissioned.

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Called Turn Them Off, the pressure group has been set up by residents of Kessingland and Gisleham, near Lowestoft, in a drive to have the 125m turbines near their communities switched off for good.

The group, as part of its campaign, has created its own website so people can record claims on how the turbines are affecting their quality of life.

Some people have complained the two turbines, on land beside the A12, are causing them to lose sleep because they are so noisy while the blades create shadow flicker on people’s properties at certain times of day.

Concerns have also been raised that the turbines could affect wildlife and the local tourism industry.

As well as the website, Turn Them Off has submitted a request to examine planning paperwork related to the wind turbines which is stored by Waveney District Council.

The turbines, which became fully operational last summer, are operated by Triodos Renewables, which says they can generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 homes.

In January, more than 100 people attended a public meeting at Kessingland to discuss the turbines.

At the meeting, Triodos said it had fitted equipment to stop shadow flicker and that it had met all planning regulations.

In April 2009, after appeals and hearings before a planning inspector and deputy high court judge, the main objectors to the turbines, the Benacre Estate and Gisleham Parish Council, lost their fight.

Another public meeting about the turbines is due to be held on June 1 at 2pm in St Edmund’s Church Hall.

For information on the Turn Them Off turbine pressure group visit www.turnthemoff.co.uk, search for it on Facebook or phone 07530 947082.

anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

13 comments

  • No you have not "KeithS" if you think a comment like this appropriate.You are the 'denier', not the people complaining nor those like me who have been campaigning against the scam and con which is the 20-21st centuries "renewable" "green" "religion" for fantasists and technical illiterates.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • Please show a little compassion for these people - they are not making it up. It could be you, your family or a close friend next.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • They do not benefit the village at all. We still pay the same price for our electricity as those who do not have to listen to them when ever they are working. If someone could give us honest efficiency figures for Gulliver since it was built, then maybe everyone could see what a busted flush onshore wind power is

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    DaveG

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • Heard it all before......NIMBY yet again.

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    KeithS

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • I must admit also-they have now been put up almost a Year and I have seen big changes within the Community-I'm well for more going up if they will benefit the Village like this and what I have seen.

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    Colin James Watling

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • There's nothing wrong with the wind turbines-on the contrary-its called progress-50 by 2050 and 100 by 2100-I'm settled with them-they reward this Village well and by more going up will give back and contribute to the Villages wellbeing beyond reckoning and valuation-GET A GRIPP-WAKE UP AND FOCUS.

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    Colin James Watling

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • Yes Dave-wethey might get Disorientated and die of fright from Shadow Flicker.

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    Colin James Watling

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • why not call it the kessingland nimby association and then they can cover housing , supermarkets , wind turbines and new roads all in one go ?

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    Double Bill

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • People just want something to nag and complain about-if it wasn't for the Turbines it would be the Roar of the Lions at the Wild Life Park, the noise from the Bypass or Fetid Farm Smells-they can't sleep without having something to Wine about-and they've said it-people just like to have a go at something-and if they don't like it they should move back to London or wherever they come from-there is plenty to complain about there.

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    Colin James Watling

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • It really is a pity that those who simply don't either understand the facts or don't know what they are talking about can use these posts. Nimbyism is often quoted. The facts are that these turbines DO NOT WORK onshore, and, as can be seen from the words above and (if you took the trouble to view their website) that they create serious division within what were presumably fairly happy communities. It would be interesting indeed to see what the ACTUAL electricity generated by these two is, my money is on a hell of a lot less than that required for 3000 homes.

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    windup

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • Unfortunately, "Double Bill", you have no understanding of the situation and I give you the same response as the one I gave to "KeithS".

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • Maybe these villagers should come and live in my town house and I will go and live in the country with big wind turbines outside I would love it. These people need to get a life and grow up maybe we should post comments on their facebook page about keeping them then they will know most people like them.

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    vinny.p

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • Just look what Gulliver has done for Lowestoft and we have 2 bigger ones for a smaller Village-in 5 years time this Parish will be reaping Gold and Silver and with the attitude of more to be built the rewards are endless... So what's the problem with shutting them down-honestly-people don't know what's good for them?

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    Colin James Watling

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

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