Rhosesmor school pledges to tackle noise from wind turbine

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Robert Doman

A HEADTEACHER has promised to remove a wind turbine neighbours say is too noisy if no solution can be found to the problem.

Gareth Roberts, headteacher of Ysgol Rhos Helyg in Rhosesmor, wrote a letter to nearby residents after they launched a petition to remove the 20-metre wind turbine they say has ruined their peace.

Mr Roberts told the Leader he wanted to maintain good relationships with the local community and conceded the turbine would have to go if the issue cannot be resolved.

“We get on very well with our neighbours and have a good relationship with the community,” he said.

“But the noise from the turbine is sometimes unacceptable and it is something we are sorry about.

“We are not happy about the noise ourselves and we are working to find a solution as soon as possible.”

The 10kw turbine was installed in the grounds of the primary school last summer, 20 metres away from the building, with the aim of making energy savings of £3,000 per year.

Following its installation Mr Roberts had claimed the turbine “doesn’t make any sound at all” but people living near to Flintshire’s highest school say that has not ben the case.

And Mr Roberts admitted: “The noise the turbine makes when the wind is strong wasn’t what the data suggested it would be.”

In his letter Mr Roberts said: “Firstly, I would like to apologise on behalf of the school for the inconvenience caused to you by the noise from our wind turbine.”

Locals have likened it to a helicopter hovering overhead and the headteacher said Flintshire Council’s energy department and the turbine’s manufacturers and installers were working to “alleviate the situation as soon as possible”.

He also revealed the turbine would be removed “in the unlikely case of a solution to the issue not being found”.

He thanked residents for their patience and former pupil Rob Jones, 36, who lives roughly 200 yards from the school said: “It is nice to have some feedback from the school after months of not hearing anything.

“I am all for what the school is trying to achieve but not at the expense of our quality of life.

“I am glad it has formally recognised the problem and if it is fixed I would be happy for the turbine to remain, but I think it will always make a noise no matter what.”

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