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Farmer fights to keep equipment running

28 June 2011 No Comment

External cladding has proven vital in one farmers fight to keep his equipment running at an estate near Malton, North Yorkshire.

A local planning committee told farmer and racehorse trainer Mick Easterby that he could not continue to run a grain dryer, bulk grain bin and external conveyor system at Whiteholme Farm due to noise-pollution concerns.

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According to a planning consultant, residents complained about Mr Easterby’s grain dryer for a period of more than two years at the 2,500 acre farm.

In a desperate attempt to convince Ryedale District Council planners otherwise, the witty farmer began building a barricade around the working sites to gain the support of local residents.

According to the Gazette Herald, Easterby built a wall made from straw bales supported by other anti-noise measures.

At the grain dryer, ventilation fans had been placed so that noise was emitted away from neighbours, cladding panels had been fitted to conveyor boxes and a permanent noise barrier had been placed in front of the main combustion dryer-generator.

Significantly reduced noise

The cladding Easterby used reflected sound away from his machinery, and according to homeinprovementpages.com.au, the acoustic cladding would have also significantly reduced noise too.

As a result of his actions, Alan Hunter, a council planning officer, told councillors that decibel ratings at the dryer had reduced from 64 to 51 and confirmed that a screen had been put up to reduce the noise level.

Mr Easterby, who is reported to have invested a “considerable amount of money and engaged specialist consultants” to combat the noise problem, is said to be pleased with the outcome.

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