€150,000 gone with the wind - Cllr Byrne
THE €150,000 cost of a report on noise emanating from wind turbines in the county was a cause of some concern for Fianna Fáil Cllr Malcolm Byrne.
Councillors heard that the sum was spent on a comprehensive report in which 30 million items of data were collected.
Cllr Byrne said: 'I am a bit concerned. If we collect data and it's used to influence policy that's great. I am worried if we collect the data and it's not being used.'
Director of Services for Housing, Community, Libraries, Arts and Emergency Services, John Carley said some of the data collected is personal data and cannot be used.
Mr Carley said: 'It records down to conversations people have. We have spent a significant amount on this and it will impact on our policy making in future.'
Director of Services for Economic Development Tony Larkin said: 'We are interested in future policy. The primary motive behind the report was to inform our decisions. We have a significant number of applications and a significant volume of complaints about noise.'
He said noise pollution is a complex issue and is difficult to enforce and to prosecute.