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By-Law 900-2002, protecting us against unusual noise, vibration, lights

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I decided use a question during a Public Meeting on 20th August 2008 featuring presentations about wind energy, to draw attention to the County of Prince Edward  By-Law 900 – 2002. It protects residents and businesses on PEC from unusual noises, vibration and lighting;  I just don’t see any reason in wasting huge amounts of time and money and risking the reputation of PEC, social division if this by-law would make PEC a non starter for large scale on-land industrial wind mining projects.

 

No Need to comment....! (mayor right)

No need to comment....! (mayor Finnegan right)

 

So will the council change the by law? I pose this conundrum to you all…

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August 21, 2008 Posted by | by-law 900-2002, County Wind Projects, Info, Issues, Noise | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“By-Law protects rural tranquility”

Good Morning from “Bethel (The house of God!) Road.” 

If you live on or have visited the “artistic haven” of Prince Edward County I am sure that you value the kind of peace and tranquility that it offers, such as this misty rural scene and big sky, that I photographed near my Sophiasburgh home, Ontario, last week.

 

"Big Sky Power"

"A Big Sky on Bethel Road"

 

A page on the PEC municipality website 1 features a 2008 Queens University report. 2 This highlights the beautiful un-commercialized “County” scenery as an important part of the “Place Factor” the driving force behind the creative rural economy that has driven PEC to success over recent years, adding an estimated $65million (2006)in additional annual revenue to the local economy  (worth over $5000 per household!)

Alongside traditional agriculture, accolades such as Ontario’s Gastronomic Capital 2008 3 peace and tranquility certainly appear to be a key part of a very valuable rural economy, one worth protecting. Fortunately for PEC residents, a local by-law 900-2002 4  does just that. It protects homes from unusual annoying noises, flashing or twinkling lights and ground vibration.

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August 20, 2008 Posted by | by-law 900-2002, Issues, Noise, Photographs, Prince Edward County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Noise papers

Here are three interesting links to “late night reads” with reference to noise and windfarms. (the UK on land report cover all aspects) They are UK Government study / policy group papers. 

  • Onshore Wind Noise  UK BERR Interesting to see UK states 200 – 300 m for a 100-106db head to be 45-50db spot. No mention of 25db rural levels, Explanation of noise, low info describing type of type of noise from wind turbines.
  • UK Windfarm Noise Assessment Study 1996  UK BERR – a lengthy and in-depth study in 1996 that still appears to be a primary document on noise source.
  • UK On Land Report UK wind Energy Review Nov 2005 Government report covering all aspects of wind turbines, including noise. Interesting to once again see different figures for the 4db point. 20 – 40db mentioned for Rural. Interesting notes on Visual settings.

August 2, 2008 Posted by | Noise, Research, UK | , , , , | Leave a comment

Court rules Reduction to Property values due to Wind Farm

Two hot news items have occurred in the UK that add real interest to the effect of wind turbines on the enjoyment of your home life and the value of your home.

July 30, 2008 Posted by | News, Noise, Property Prices, UK | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment