Safety concern after turbine goes on fire

Footpath access at Coldingham Moor
Footpath access at Coldingham Moor

Public safety near large turbines has once again been called into question after a turbine in West Yorkshire caught fire last week.

The turbine involved was a Nordex N90, made by the same company who made tne N80 turbine in Ireland that collapsed in January this year due to a fault with its blade control system.

There are 25 Nordex N80 turbines operating at Crystal Rig in the Lammermuirs and 22 Nordex N60 turbines at Drone Hill wind farm on Coldingham Moor.

Following last week’s turbine fire at Tomorden Moor wind farm, Mark Rowley, chair of Lammermuir Community Council said: “The operators have suggested a 300m exclusion zone from the turbine as a precaution.

“We’ll be writing to Ministers and Scottish Borders Council to ask that they (again) consider suitable set back distances from roads and paths.”

A spokesperson for wind farm operator Glennmont Partners confirmed a fire broke out in a turbine at Todmorden.

“No one was hurt in the incident and as a precaution an exclusion zone has been set up around the turbine,” he said. “Incidents like this are extremely rare and a full investigation into its cause has commenced.”

George Matthews, who lives close to Drone Hill wind farm on Coldingham Moor has been in protracted correspondence with the Ombudsman about health and safety issues connected with the wind farm: particularly public safety across the right of way.

“They aren’t interested in public safety, no one will take responsibilty for it,” he said back in 2013.