Hyndburn residents complain as ‘turbines disrupt TV signal’

First published in Hyndburn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

TV RECEPTION to homes in Baxenden is being disrupted by a nearby wind farm, according to Hyndburn’s MP.

Graham Jones said he has had 20 complaints within three days from people living in the rural part of the town, between Sandy Lane to the top of Baxenden.

He believes the switching on of 12 wind turbines on Oswaldtwistle Moor, by en-ergy firm EnergieKontor UK Ltd, has caused the problem.

The firm has now app-ointed a local aerial comp-any to investigate the comp- laints.

Mr Jones said: “The turb-ines have only recently been installed and were only switched on last week.

“The residents are telling me their screens pixelate and are unwatchable when the blades are rotating, and the severity of the problem depends on how fast the blades are going, and which direction the turbine is facing.

“The wind farm is in the direct line of Winter Hill and Baxenden, so that’s why this is happening. At first I thought it might be the roll-out of the 4G mobile phone broadband network, but the council assures me there have been no mast upgrades from 3G to 4G so far.

“So I have contacted Ener- gieKontor and the borough council and both tell me that they are investigating.

“If they are found to be reponsible for this, then I feel they should come forward with a solution for those people affected, who have paid a licence fee.”

A spokesman for Hynd-burn Council confirmed that, as part of planning perm-ission for the wind farm, EnergieKontor have a duty to investigate complaints within a five kilometre radius of the site.

He said: “The company has 28 days to investigate each complaint, and then a further 10 days to issue their findings to the proper- ties affected and to the local planning authority.

“The report shall set out whether the impairment of television reception is dir-ectly attributable to the development, and if remed- ial works are required to restore the quality of telev-ision reception.

“If remedial works are required, they shall be undertaken by EnergieK ontor, at its own cost, using all reasonable endeavours and completed as soon as reasonably practicable.”

A spokesman for Ener-gieKontor said: “We have an engineer looking into the issue but, at the moment, it’s still not clear whether it’s the blades causing the problem, or 4G affecting Winter Hill.”

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4:56pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

How dreadfull it must be like hell up there in Baxenden..ha ha ha ha made my day when I read it was bash.heehee
How dreadfull it must be like hell up there in Baxenden..ha ha ha ha made my day when I read it was bash.heehee Info-warrior
  • Score: -6

5:24pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Good call says...

Meh, it's all propaganda anyway.
Meh, it's all propaganda anyway. Good call
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Fri 16 Nov 12

AnthonyUK says...

a few viewers in accrington and surrounding areas who receive their freeview and freeview HD signals from Winter Hill transmitter are also being affected by the turbines:it may be ok to save the earth and the planet with green energy and/or global warming but if it comes with a cost to peoples enjoyment then heads must roll at ofcom/arquiva and those responsible for the turbines including hyndburn borough council and lancashire county council who granted planning permission for these unnecessary monstrosities on the landscape.
a few viewers in accrington and surrounding areas who receive their freeview and freeview HD signals from Winter Hill transmitter are also being affected by the turbines:it may be ok to save the earth and the planet with green energy and/or global warming but if it comes with a cost to peoples enjoyment then heads must roll at ofcom/arquiva and those responsible for the turbines including hyndburn borough council and lancashire county council who granted planning permission for these unnecessary monstrosities on the landscape. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

AnthonyUK says...

There is no 4G in Lancashire being radiated in area so it can't be that! thats just a excuse to defend what isnt happening. Freeview is going to re-engineered next year on tv transmitter sites around mainland UK in readiness for the nationwide rollout of 4G mobilephone reception in 2014.
There is no 4G in Lancashire being radiated in area so it can't be that! thats just a excuse to defend what isnt happening. Freeview is going to re-engineered next year on tv transmitter sites around mainland UK in readiness for the nationwide rollout of 4G mobilephone reception in 2014. AnthonyUK
  • Score: -2

5:40pm Fri 16 Nov 12

mavrick says...

I wonder if people are waking up to the great green con?
I wonder if people are waking up to the great green con? mavrick
  • Score: 10

5:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

vicn1956 says...

Research and find out why the last government forced us all onto digital tv signals!
Research and find out why the last government forced us all onto digital tv signals! vicn1956
  • Score: 8

6:06pm Fri 16 Nov 12

AnthonyUK says...

The govt thought that digital tv is better which is utter rubbish! It uses rubbish mpeg-2 which results in inferior picture quality and compressed digital stereo sound;and pix get even worse the more channels are added to a dtv multiplex. mpeg4 carries more channel sd and hd at better quality and is capable of dolby digital plus 5.1 surround on all channels too.
The govt thought that digital tv is better which is utter rubbish! It uses rubbish mpeg-2 which results in inferior picture quality and compressed digital stereo sound;and pix get even worse the more channels are added to a dtv multiplex. mpeg4 carries more channel sd and hd at better quality and is capable of dolby digital plus 5.1 surround on all channels too. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Research and find out why the last government forced us all onto digital tv signals!
spying the public..?
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Research and find out why the last government forced us all onto digital tv signals![/p][/quote]spying the public..? Info-warrior
  • Score: -2

6:14pm Fri 16 Nov 12

maxcollie says...

Our tv is affected in Accrington and I have contacted my MP and also my local councillor
Our tv is affected in Accrington and I have contacted my MP and also my local councillor maxcollie
  • Score: -2

6:22pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

mavrick wrote:
I wonder if people are waking up to the great green con?
Blackburn Islamic centre gets go-ahead..

It could be the lack of onions unlike in Blackburn were we get mpeg10 due to all the onions sucking in the signal...its a stronger signal than HAARP,,
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: I wonder if people are waking up to the great green con?[/p][/quote]Blackburn Islamic centre gets go-ahead.. It could be the lack of onions unlike in Blackburn were we get mpeg10 due to all the onions sucking in the signal...its a stronger signal than HAARP,, Info-warrior
  • Score: 3

10:59pm Fri 16 Nov 12

wrinkles says...

I've got reception problems too, which my aerial rigger said was caused by the wind farm, but I only wrote to my local councillor not the MP.
I've got reception problems too, which my aerial rigger said was caused by the wind farm, but I only wrote to my local councillor not the MP. wrinkles
  • Score: -2

11:05pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Major Tom says...

Didn't take long for the tinfoil beam blocking squad to turn up, riding high on wacky backy, possibly.
No tv signal? Get sky. It even has that russian propaganda news channel for the tinheads.
Didn't take long for the tinfoil beam blocking squad to turn up, riding high on wacky backy, possibly. No tv signal? Get sky. It even has that russian propaganda news channel for the tinheads. Major Tom
  • Score: -4

7:03am Sat 17 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

wrinkles wrote:
I've got reception problems too, which my aerial rigger said was caused by the wind farm, but I only wrote to my local councillor not the MP.
You will get five years in a re-education camp for writing to your councillor before your MP in the New World Order regime. Thats presuming you don't fall victim to the 24/7 furnace.....

Israel..we are all going to suffer for their actions.
[quote][p][bold]wrinkles[/bold] wrote: I've got reception problems too, which my aerial rigger said was caused by the wind farm, but I only wrote to my local councillor not the MP.[/p][/quote]You will get five years in a re-education camp for writing to your councillor before your MP in the New World Order regime. Thats presuming you don't fall victim to the 24/7 furnace..... Israel..we are all going to suffer for their actions. Info-warrior
  • Score: 0

4:31pm Sat 17 Nov 12

POW WOW says...

The "cut corners" solution windy miller from the turbine company will propose is to realign your aerial towards Cribden relay mast on top of Rossendale. I would advise against this till they fit the part that is preventing the other 22 freeview from being shown in the Rossendale valley !!!!!!
The "cut corners" solution windy miller from the turbine company will propose is to realign your aerial towards Cribden relay mast on top of Rossendale. I would advise against this till they fit the part that is preventing the other 22 freeview from being shown in the Rossendale valley !!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 1

10:14pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Graham Hartley says...

Don't watch TV and instead take more drugs. If the drug routine is carefully managed, ex-viewers will hardly notice the change.
Don't watch TV and instead take more drugs. If the drug routine is carefully managed, ex-viewers will hardly notice the change. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -3

12:03am Sun 18 Nov 12

AnthonyUK says...

haslingden tv transmitter is a relay for those in parts of rossendale and parts of accrington who cannot receive winterhill transmissions and cannot carry (nor indeed be engineered or modified to carry) the full range of Freeview tv radio and teletext services either.
haslingden tv transmitter is a relay for those in parts of rossendale and parts of accrington who cannot receive winterhill transmissions and cannot carry (nor indeed be engineered or modified to carry) the full range of Freeview tv radio and teletext services either. AnthonyUK
  • Score: -2

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