Reader letter: ‘Don’t judge wind turbines until you actually have to live around them’

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Felicity Garey, who lives in Risby, Bury St Edmunds comments on her passing encounter with the Eye wind turbines, en route to Brome, saying “They look so graceful when rotating in the wind and are not an eyesore, or very noisy, as some claim” (Letters, January 24).

I was always taught that to hold a strong personal opinion is intelligence but to forcefully impose that opinion on others is an arrogance.

It’s very easy to say that something is pleasant or unpleasant based on a fleeting experience, but it is another thing entirely to be so personally affected by a proposal that, for seven years, you research every aspect of that thing to assess the specific impacts if the proposal becomes a reality. That’s the difference between subjectivity and objectivity. That’s the difference between those directly affected and those who simply have a blind philosophical opinion.

My personal view is that the industrial wind turbines are anything but graceful. I find them disturbing and their scale, geometry and movement is totally out of keeping in the flat landscapes of East Anglia.

In terms of noise, I have no idea which Norfolk wind turbines Ms Garey experienced in the early 1990s, she obviously does not understand how noise works, it emanates from a turbine in a mushroom shaped pattern. Stand near or under and hey presto, no noise, move away and it’s a different story. Living close to them 24/7 is different to spending a short time near them. Location and site specifics are the most critical factors.

Can I please urge Ms Garey, and others, to fully research issues before trying to convert others to a personal, subjective and philosophical view.

Nigel Webber

Harleston Road