By Frances Barrett Chester Chronicle Nov. 7, 2013
Helsby mother of autistic girl disgusted by 77m wind turbine plan
The mother of an autistic girl has told of her outrage at plans to erect a 77m wind turbine on land at Helsby railway sidings.
Clean Power Properties’ application for the 500kW turbine was called before the Cheshire West and Chester Planning Committee by Helsby ward borough councillor Les Ford last week.
Experts claim that the noise and flickering of wind turbines’ rotating blades can cause distress to people with autism.
Michelle Atkinson, whose eight-year-old daughter Josie has autism, is ‘disgusted at the lack of thought and consideration for the local community’.
She said: “My daughter is particularly aware of sounds. She can hear things that I don’t. The level of noise that wind turbines create would be something that she would pick up on.
“They have not considered the local community and it seems to be very ill thought out. The impact would be vast.”