Villagers battling plans for a wind farm in rural Worcestershire have claimed it could led to serious health consequences for thousands of people living in the area.
Residents in The Lenches, Harvington, Norton and Lenchwick in the Vale of Evesham are boycotting plans to build ten turbines measuring 125 metres (410ft) on land owned by farmers and are now arranging a host of meetings to rally public support and to share their health concerns about the plans by ScottishPower Renewables.
Erica Page, spokeswoman for Vale Villagers Against ScottishPower, said: “We are in the initial stages of doing research but we have found claims that the low frequency noise emitted by the turbines can affect people’s health.
“We’ve been told it can lead to sleep deprivation and even depression, which is a big worry, especially when around 2,000 people live around the area that this wind farm could go.”
She said the turbines, which would create enough power to supply 9,300 UK homes, would be a blight on the local countryside.
“I want to make it clear that we are not against renewable energy resources and we completely understand why they are needed,” added the 41-year-old mother-of-two.
“What we are saying is that this site is completely inappropriate for such huge turbines that will stand out like a sore thumb.
“This is a small piece of countryside that is currently very much enjoyed by local people and we’re worried these turbines will ruin that.”
Harvington Parish Council chairman Clive Allen said not all villagers were against the proposals.
“I think it is the way we have got to go,” he added. “We have got to have energy sources from renewables.
“We can’t go along with the idea of ‘not in our back yard’.
“If it looks like a reasonable plan I would be prepared to support it in essence.”
A spokesman for ScottishPower said the company was not aware of evidence that wind farms did pose threats to people’s health.