LAST WEEK (Chester Chronicle, November 19) you quoted a Frodsham estate agent as saying that the proposed wind farm on Frodsham and Helsby Marshes would not destroy the local housing market.
I am afraid that others’ experience of wind farms shows that property prices in the vicinity of wind farms can fall by 20-40%, with some properties being unsaleable, as a Lincolnshire couple found recently.
They had to leave their home because of noise from a nearby wind farm, and when they tried to put it on the market, their estate agent wrote to say that: “I am not able to place a current market value on the property as I do not believe any prospective purchaser would want to inhabit the property, or, indeed in the current climate, whether any mortgage lender would be prepared to lend on the property”.
The very low-frequency noise from wind turbines is highly disturbing, and the visual impact is also serious, with the flicker causing migraines and possible epileptic attacks.
The sheer size of the turbines (as tall as the viewing area on top of Frodsham Hill) can induce panic attacks in susceptible people.
The Government recognises that wind turbines cause problems, for it acknowledges (Hansard, May 13, 2008) that reductions in council tax can be given for properties affected by the proximity of a electricity generating wind turbine.
PROFESSOR JOHN DEARDEN
Listen to our flooding fears
MORE THAN 80 people attended the Village Open Day to tell Malpas Parish Council what they thought about various local issues on Saturday (November 21).
Unfortunately Eddisbury’s MP, Stephen O’Brien, was not present despite his claim in The Chronicle only last Thursday (November 19, page 29) that “I am always on hand, except when I need to be in Westminster, to attend events and functions and meet as many of my constituents as possible”.
Had he accepted a personal invitation to attend, Mr O’Brien would have been able to hear for himself the angry comments of several elderly Craddock Court residents, complaining that flooding often prevents them from using Leech Lane to walk to and from the shops.
But instead these constituents of his will have to hope that Malpas Parish Council itself can persuade Cheshire West and Chester Council, and its relevant partner organisations, that something needs to be done about their legitimate concerns .
THE Government’s injection of £2.5m to build 112 flats and 26 houses at Tower Wharf near Telford’s Warehouse will create homes and reduce homelessness.
It will also create jobs and apprenticeship training, putting money into Chester’s economy, which will in turn protect more jobs in local businesses.
If the Tories were in power, this would not happen because they want to cut public spending.
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