Wind turbines High Court hearing: Jane Davis denies being in “anti-windfarm circus”

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JANE Davis told London’s High Court on Friday that she was never part of any “anti-windfarm circus”.

She is suing over the owners, operators and landlords of the eight turbines based near her home at Grays Farm, Deeping St Nicholas for alleged “nightmare” noise nuisance.

Mrs Davis told the court that said she had attended public meetings and inquiries concerning the issue of noise pollution from windfarms.

But she told the court she always tried to take a “neutral” stance.

Defence barrister, William Norris QC, has suggested Mrs Davis was involved in a “determined and protracted campaign” against various wind farm projects, attending serial public meetings and enquiries, which may have coloured her evidence.

In court today (Fri) he argued she had attended the public meetings with the “consistent message that what happened to you was wrong, that you have been tortured in your own home, and that you must not let it happen to others”.

“I disagree,” she replied.

Under questioning from the judge, Mr Justice Hickinbottom, Mrs Davis agreed she had attended a number of enquiries at which she was “generally against the developments”.

But she had never been part of any “anti windfarm circus”, she insisted.

Mrs Davis and her husband, Julian Davis, are suing local landowners, RC Tinsley Ltd and Nicholas Watts - on whose land some of the turbines are sited - as well as Fenland Windfarms Ltd and Fenland Green Power Cooperative Ltd, who own and operate the turbines.

The case is being viewed as a test on the law relating to noise nuisance from wind turbines.

The couple, who say they were driven out of their home in 2007 by the intermittent “whirr and hum” of the turbine blades, are seeking a permanent court injunction to halt the noise, or damages of up to £2.5million to compensate them for the disruption of their lives.

Having quit Grays Farm in 2007, they are now living in nearby Spalding.

The defendants deny creating any noise nuisance and suggest that the couple may have become “unduly sensitive” to the sound of the turbines.

The High Court hearing continues.