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Government Wind Farm Guidelines don’t go far enough – Stanley

14 June, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Responding to the release of yesterday’s details of the Government’s proposed Wind Farm Guidelines, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Brian Stanley TD asserted that the Government’s long awaited guidelines don’t go far enough and give no protection to rural dwellers in terms of setback distances.

Speaking today, Deputy Stanley said;

“While the measures in relation to restrictions on noise levels and shadow flicker are a step in the right direction, the setback distances are totally inadequate.

“A guideline for giant turbines to be set back a distance of only four times their height is useless. In practice this means that a huge turbine over 150 metres in height need only be set back 600 metres from houses.

“This will not be acceptable to residents. Only the Wind Farm developers will be delighted with this.

“The proposed guidelines do not include a requirement that wind turbines can only be located in areas zoned for that purpose by County Councillors in County Development Plans.

“The Government needs to strengthen these and implement them as soon as possible. Rural communities across this island should not have to endure monster turbines being constructed on top of their homes.

“In the two separate Wind Turbine Bills that I introduced in the Dáil, I stipulated a minimum setback distance of 10 times the height of the tip of the blade and that turbines over 25 metres in height must be located only in areas designated by Councillors in their County Development Plans.

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for these restrictions.”

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