Carrick pensioner forced to give up dog and move to caravan after wind farm hell

Retired farmer Clifton Lockhart, 83, has lived in the house for 35 years but says the noise of the turbines has kept him wide awake.

A pensioner claims he has been forced to give up his dog and relocate to a caravan just to get a decent night’s sleep because he is tormented by the noise from a wind farm opposite his home.

Clifton Lockhart, 83, has lived in Tralodden Cottage near Old Dailly for the past 35 years, but says his golden years have been robbed from him since the turbines arrived 14 years ago and he has since been kept wide awake most nights.

The retired farmer, who is unable to read or write, told the Post he feels “pushed out of his own home” when the noise persists and now rents a caravan in Port William just to get a decent night’s sleep following a decade-long dispute with South Ayrshire Council and SSE wind farm bosses.

At his home, he said: “I have complained to South Ayrshire Council and SSE made a deal about switching the turbines off from 7pm to 10am every day, but that didn’t last long.

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Continued support from Michael Russell MSP

Michael Russell has written to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy raising his concerns about the renewed application for the Bachan Burn Wind Farm.

In his letter Michael Russell also expressed concern about the lack of transparency with the developer meeting only small community groups rather than consulting the wider community.

You can view the letter here:  MichaelRussellLetter.pdf