Exeter Express and Echo — March 29, 2014

A couple living in an idyllic part of Devon say their enjoyment of the countryside has been “ruined” after they became sandwiched between two wind turbines.

Following the installation of a second 130ft (40m) turbine at a farm 310m away, Gareth and Pam Down, can now see masts through the front and back windows of their home at Lower Punchardon Farm, near Winkleigh.

In fact, there is almost no escaping the spinning blades, which are even visible as a moving reflection in glass doors, kitchen appliances and the flat-screen television.

Pam, a school administrator who underwent a series of operations in 2010 after being diagnosed cancer in 2007 , said the pair were still “in shock” at the size of the latest tower, which went up a week ago after a two-year battle.

“You open the curtains in the morning and it is the first thing you see, I don’t think there’s a window you can’t see a turbine through, she added.

“It’s huge, a monstrosity – even when you are not looking at it your eye is drawn to the reflection in the cabinets, the cooker, even the TV – there’s just no getting away from it.

“The impact is intrusive, overbearing and it ruins our outlook, there’s no doubt about that, but my real concern is the noise because it is such a quiet area and it could really affect us at nigh time, especially as we are sandwiched between the two.

“It has caused a lot of stress and anxiety.” Continue reading here…..

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