TV signal issues still reported close to turbine

Wind turbine in Heath and Reach from the sky. Photo Graham Mountford
Wind turbine in Heath and Reach from the sky. Photo Graham Mountford

TV signalling problems allegedly caused by the turbine at Heath and Reach continue to be an issue for the village.

The problems have been reportedly widespread since the turbine started turning on December 18, with complaints from as far afield as Leighton Buzzard.

A Heath and Reach Parish Council meeting was held on Monday, January 5 after which the parish council issued a statement to the LBO.

It read: “It was clear that the majority of people at the meeting were there to discuss the problems with TV reception in the village since the commissioning of the turbine.”

Asked what action is being taken, the council stated: “The parish council is promoting the telephone number of Arnold White Estate on the notice boards, social media and indeed the LBO Village news column.”

Arnold White Estates Ltd (AWE) – the agents of the project – are understood to be compiling a report on the issue to see if they are at fault. But they have declined on two occasions to make any comment to the LBO.

In the meantime, they are known to have sent aerial engineers out to people with problems.

Cllr Richard Thyer, chairman of the parish council, added: “I understand the irritation of some residents over their TV signals, and this is an issue that we have reported to AWE and they are acting on.”

Numerous residents of Heath and Reach this week called the LBO to express their anger over the problem.

One man said: “It is a hell of a problem and it had to happen right before Christmas. It’s been a nuisance.”

A spokesman from Central Beds Council – who granted planning permission – said no objections were received during technical consultations.

Cllr Thyer also stated: “The turbine is now up and you can’t uninvent it. You are not going to invent a posthumous planning objection on the grounds your regional TV signal is dodgy.”