Res­i­dents’ warn­ings on tur­bines

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

A NUM­BER of res­i­dents af­fected by the con­tro­ver­sial Ra­heen­leagh Wind Farm near Bal­ly­coog and Croghan shared their ex­pe­ri­ences with those liv­ing along the route of the pro­posed Bal­ly­manus Wind Farm dur­ing last Thurs­day night’s meet­ing.

Paddy Con­dren from Bal­ly­coog said that he wouldn’t like to be any closer than he is to the tur­bines and said that he is aware of many fam­i­lies who say that it is like liv­ing with a con­stant air­plane sound over­head.

‘The noise never goes away,’ he said.

Mr Con­dren also raised con­cerns about road clo­sures in con­nec­tion with the al­ready ap­proved Ball­cum­ber Wind Farm, for which grid line works are cur­rently un­der way.

‘The Bal­ly­cum­ber ca­ble is go­ing through Bal­ly­coog at the minute and, on the Clone to An­nacurra road, I was caught in traf­fic for half an hour. The amount of traf­fic on those roads at pre­sent is highly dan­ger­ous,’ he said.

Eu­gene Clune who lives in Ballinval­ley shared his fam­ily’s trauma and said that if he had the chance now he would ap­proach things very dif­fer­ently.

‘My house is sit­u­ated 800 me­tres from an in­dus­trial tur­bine and my four-year-old has slept, maybe two nights since last win­ter.

‘She would ask us why her grand­dad is out­side on the dig­ger in the mid­dle of the night – be­cause that is what it sounds like,’ he said.

Mr Clune urged the peo­ple of Aughrim and other ar­eas in the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to fight against hav­ing tur­bines erected in their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘You are very lucky that you are not liv­ing with tur­bines, but the threat of tur­bines. It is up to you to stop these and if I had my time again I would treat it very dif­fer­ently,’ he said.

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