Turbines cause noise and flicker problems

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Complaints have been made about the impact of shadow flicker and noise from wind turbines.

At East Chevington Parish Council’s meeting on Monday, March 6, Coun Fred Thurgood said that the windfarms along the A1068, close to Widdrington, have been causing issues.

He said: “There has been quite a lot of problems and the turbines have had to be shut down for an hour or so each day because of shadow flicker.

“There have also been lots of complaints about noise and noise monitoring is being carried out in Widdrington.”

Coun Scott Dickinson added: “When people have been driving along the A1068, at times of low sun, there has been flickering on the road.

Infinis Energy built the nine-turbine North Steads windfarm, at Maiden’s Hall and Steadsburn, as well as the neighbouring four-windmill Sisters scheme, near Widdrington Village.

After the meeting, an Infinis spokesman said there had been a problem with shadow flicker, but this had been resolved.

He said the issue related to the Sisters windfarm and told the Herald: “We have modified our software to ensure the turbines don’t cause any flicker.

“We took extra precaution by shutting down the site for an hour or so, but it’s now resolved and is operating as normal.”

He said the company is following industry procedure by carrying out noise assessments, related to both sites.

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “The council has received complaints about both shadow flicker and noise from the Sisters and North Steads windfarms.

“In line with their planning conditions, the operator has to take steps to resolve and mitigate these issues.

“They have carried out an assessment and are putting in place measures that will prevent the blades from causing flicker.

“They are also carrying out noise assessments.

“The council will be monitoring these issues to ensure that suitable measures are put in place to mitigate against unacceptable impacts from the site.”