Wind turbine industry needs to be regulated – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín has stressed the need for greater regulation in the wind turbine industry and has voiced his opposition to the proposed 175 meter high wind turbines for North Westmeath.
If permitted, these thirteen industrial size wind turbines will be the highest turbines erected anywhere in Europe and will directly affect many areas of the county.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“This application submitted by Element Power to Westmeath County Council is very worrying. They are proposing that thirteen industrial size wind turbines, 175 meters in height, be built on cutaway bog between Coole and Finea.
“This means that the townlands of Coole, Monkstown, Carnagh (Fore by) Doon, Clonsura, Mullagh, Boherquill and Joanstown will be directly affected by work on the windfarm. The size of the turbines means that the landscape will be totally dominated by their presence, and the surrounding properties will be devalued.
“Other causes for worry are the constant noise that these huge turbines emit as well as the shadow flicker which emanates from their rotating blades. If permission is granted this will pave the way for yet further wind turbines throughout the greater area.
“My colleague, Brian Stanley TD has introduced a Bill to the Dáil to regulate the wind industry. This will ensure that large scale industrial wind farms are kept a safe distance from people’s homes. It also includes public consultation requirements on the effects on the local community and environment as well as optional co-ownership for local residents.
“Our landscape and heritage is unparalleled and we should not jeopardise our natural assets or the health and well-being of our residents most of all. We will be fighting for greater regulation of the wind turbine industry in the Dáil. I am also urging residents who are concerned to attend a demonstration in Castlepollard on July 1st at 3pm to show their opposition to the latest wind farm proposal.”