The Fullabrook Down Wind Farm

Letters to newspapers about the wind farm, and testimonies of those who live near or among the turbines

Letter to North Devon Journal 
September 29 2011

Fuming on Fullabrook

Now that all the Fullabrook Wind Farm turbines are in use I feel sorry for the poor individuals living in the various hamlets nearby.

The noise is horrendous and must be torture for them. This area was previously know for the sound of skylarks. I know personally of one property that now shudders due to the moving blades of the turbines.

I feel nothing but contempt for the farmers (the so-called custodians of the countryside) who allowed this development to take place. I believe this was pure greed: how many subsidies do they need?

As there was never any mention of compulsory purchase, this alien development would never happened unless the landowners and developers allowed this scheme to go ahead.

Many residents of this area have had their lives ruined by those concerned. Shame on you all.

John Pearce, Pippacott.

Turbine noise destroying our lives
North Devon Journal September 22 2011
Article by Phillipa Jenkins.

In this article, Fullabrook resident Nick Williams is quoted as saying "It is like having tumble dryers in my bedroom and so I mostly have to sleep on the sofa in my front room - why should I be forced out of my bed?"
Another resident (anonymous) says "I can feel the sensation of the blades turning through my pillow when I am trying to sleep at night."

October  6th
North Devon Journal  (no online link to this article at present.)

"We need to rethink the wind farm idea",  by John Barum.

  This is article does not appear online, but this columnist who in the past has (perhaps) seemed to be either in favour, or unsure, about the wind farm, wrote (quote):

"A friend who farms near the Fullabrook complex was reduced to tears when she realised that she will no longer hear the sound of birds, or the murmur of a stream running though their land. Instead all she can hear is the constant whir and swish of the turbines, and when they are a standstill she says there is a permanent electrical hum."

He goes on to quote another example about a family who cannot sleep because of the sound of the turbine motors. He is in favour of the Atlantic Array, and  presumably believes in the effectiveness of wind power, but unlike many of those who support wind power, it is good to see that that he is prepared to listen to those who are suffering from turbine noise with an open mind, and speak up for them in public. 

June 15 2011
North Devon Gazette

"They're an affront"

Letter to North Devon Gazette 

13 July 2011
North Devon Gazette

"No benefit"

Letter from Caleb Jarvis

SIR – Further to Mr Ricky Knight’s letter in the North Devon Gazette on 30 November 2011, I would like to make the following comments:

Targets not realistic – From the North Devon Gazette.


From the North Devon Gazette 7th December 2011

SIR – Last week’s letters from the Green Party, shows how difficult it is to defend wind turbines. Is this why they are not being supported by the LibLabCon, whose policies are forcing the turbines on us, while hiding the cost in our heating bills?

Ricky Knight’s ‘explanation’ of low wind on two days, avoids the fact that the UK’s wind turbines produced just 24 per cent of their capacity in 2010. In case he says it was a freak year, the figure for 2009 was 31 per cent. It gets worse. Eon (the German power company) told a Parliamentary Select Committee, the UK will always need to provide 92 per cent back up power for wind turbines. This ‘killer’ statistic means they are a pointless luxury, because they can never replace a single power station....
Michael Pagram