Wind turbines High Court hearing: Homeowner ‘resorted to red wine and sleeping tablets’ to blot out the hum

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JANE Davis has told a top judge how the “nightmare” noise nuisance from the Deeping St Nicholas wind farm made her resort to red wine and sleeping tablets to blot out its invasive hum.

Mrs Davis, who is suing the owners, operators and landlords of eight turbines, said she resorted to a variety of “coping mechanisms” to stem the noise before she moved out of her family home.

She told London’s High Court that, when the turbines first began operating, she assumed that she and her husband would get used to the outlandish noise.

“We found that didn’t happen,” she told Mr Justice Hickinbottom.

Asked by her QC, Peter Harrison, how the couple coped with the noise, she replied: “I think our first coping mechanism was probably red wine, and putting a fan on to try and blot out the noise and allow us to sleep”.

She added: “We had sleeping tablets but we were very reluctant to take these because they can lead to a long-standing problem. We tried.

“It is my normal practice to sleep with the window open – it doesn’t matter how cold it is.

“So we tried to sleep with the window shut, but that didn’t seem to make any difference. We could still feel and sometimes hear the pulsing beat through the windows.”

The couple moved into rented accommodation in Spalding in 2007 when the noise became unbearable.

Asked what she and her husband wished to achieve through their case, she told the court she would like the noise to stop and to go home.

All the defendants – RC Tinsley Ltd, Nicholas Watts, Fenland Windfarms Ltd and Fenland Green Power Cooperative Ltd – deny that the turbines created any noise nuisance and suggest the couple have become “unduly sensitive” to the noise of the windfarm.

n The hearing continues