Councillor criticises self-policing of noise from wind turbines

A Kerry councillor has criticised what he calls the self-policing of noise from wind turbines.

At the recent meeting of Kerry County Council, Fianna Fáil Cllr Jimmy Moloney asked if the local authority will be installing noise monitors near windfarms in Kerry.

He made the call in light of a High Court ruling last year in favour of residents affected by noise pollution from wind turbines in Banteer, Co Cork.

Kerry County Council says all grants of planning permission for wind farms contain a condition that requires the developer to carry out noise monitoring, and the council must have access to this data; the same stipulation applies to quarries.

Cllr Moloney criticised this, saying wind farm operators are policing themselves.