Turbines would make boy prisoner at home

AN AUTISTIC boy would be “a prisoner in his own home” if planners approve an application for wind turbines metres from where he lives.

Derek Robinson’s 11-year-old son has autism and is highly sensitive to noise – so having three wind turbines less than 1km from his home would mean he could not play outside without it “freaking him out”.

Derek is one of the campaigners on the Normanby and Owmby Against Wind Turbines action group, set up to fight a planning application by pig farmer Ermine Farms Ltd for three 35m turbines on its land in Normanby by Spital.

Derek, who has sent a letter of objection to West Lindsey District Council, said: “People who have autism have more sensitive hearing, the vibration from the propellers would cause him to freak out.

“He would be a prisoner in his own home - he wouldn’t be able to go outside.

“If they put them up we’re going to have to move. I haven’t spoken to him (his son) about it yet, it would upset him too much.

“It really winds me up. The council should put someone’s health before something like this.”

An application was rejected in North Lincolnshire because of the impact it would have on eight-year-old autistic twin boys living in the area.

This application has been put on hold while developers consider a revised location – but residents say this is not the end of their battle and are still putting pressure on the council.

Other concerns include the detrimental impact the turbines would have on the area’s horses and wildlife – it is feared one riding business, used by many children, might fold as a result.

And campaigners are worried the village pub and shop will lose trade as a result of fewer people, such as walkers, visiting the area.

Campaigner Richard Armstrong said: “If we don’t stop these turbines, the flood gates will open.”

A petition has been signed by about 160 people and several local councillors and MP Edward Leigh also object to the proposal.

A supporting statement in Ermine Farms Ltd’s planning application said: “Pig farming in the UK has come under increased pressure from rising feed costs and retailers are seeking to ensure high environmental performance of their suppliers and are keen to see onsite energy generation.

“The applicant is looking to improve the sustainability and long term financial viability of the business by generating electricity onsite broadly equal to the power consumed by the farm.”

It went on to say: “The proposal would not represent a prominent or visually intrusive feature in the surrounding rural landscape.”

The application will be determined by West Lindsey District Council planners in the coming months.