Farmer fights to keep equipment running
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.
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.