Rethink road plan
DearEditor I read with interest your article regarding air pollution in Rutherglen.
It is a fact that air pollution in Rutherglen exceeds Government limits and that Rutherglen will soon be declared an Air Quality Management Area due to the high level of dangerous Particulates in the air.
In the meantime South Lanarkshire Council have granted planning permission for the Cathkin Relief Road and work on this is intended to commence in the spring of 2016.
The STAG Report prepared in 2007 identified air pollution as a major negative if this proposed road went ahead.
The anticipated increase in traffic as a result of this road, 164 per cent as stated in the report, will surely only exacerbate the air pollution problem, especially when all that additional traffic stacks up at the Mill Street/Main Street crossroads.
South Lanarkshire Council should seriously rethink their plans and abandon this unwanted, unnecessary and expensive road project. Alan McLennan Dip Arch ( Glasgow), RIBA, FRIAS, FASI, FCIOB, MCIArb, MAPS, MAPM. Beech Avenue,
Turbine plan opposition After reading on Facebook at the end of September under the title ‘Further action taken to prevent energy bills rising’ I was glad to hear that the government is tackling this serious matter and, following consultation, removing FiTs pre-accreditation for wind turbines.
A FiT (feed in tariff) is the last of the subsidies being reviewed by the government which up until October 1 could be guaranteed at the current high subsidy return on any wind turbine application submitted for preaccreditation.
The subsidies and tariffs our government pays out to wind developers comes from our electricity bills and of course hit the poorest the hardest. A total of £1.8 billion has been paid out to wind power operators since May 2007 in the form of a subsidy.
Introduced by the UK Labour Government to encourage investment in renewables, this subsidy is recouped via a supplement added directly to all domestic and commercial electricity bills. According to the Renewable Energy Foundation last year the levy adds almost £69 to the average household’s cost of living, with £33 of that in electricity charges alone. Recent figures from this year indicate that the figure added to our bills is a lot higher because of the huge amount of wind turbines in Scotland. Additionally, as our national grid system cannot cope with power efficiently and effectively, it’s the government that pays out again to switch the wind turbines off. The National Grid has paid out almost £80 million to wind farm operators in Scotland since 2010 to shut down their turbines and keep them idle. More locally £12m was paid out last year to switch the nearby Eaglesham turbines off. This is all paid for by the public through our power bills.
Recently, after looking closer at a government consultation site, I was initially surprised to see that our local charity Healthy ‘n’ Happy in Cambuslang and Rutherglen was up there with the list of private developers who had all individually written in with very detailed and unique responses urging the government to continue to keep the very high subsidies in place for their own plans to make money.
These developers don’t give a toss about those suffering from fuel poverty, they just want to earn as much money as possible from their wind turbines. It strikes me that Health ‘n’ Happy’s proposal to build a large 76m industrial wind turbine in Cambuslang is ludicrous.
They are well and truly caught up in the great spin and wind rip off by hitting those in fuel poverty and making their circumstances worse. Their proposal plain and simply is an abuse of public money never mind charitable money.
Last week I was amazed to read on Healthy ‘n’ Happy’s Community Development Trust Facebook page that they launched a new, free advice service for Cambuslang and Rutherglen residents to help with fuel poverty. How can they offer such a service and at the same time continue to make plans to put up a large 76m industrial wind turbine in Cambuslang that directly contributes to the fuel poverty many of the community are in?
From any charity the promotion of a service to support communities who are suffering from fuel poverty is a completely commendable and a worthwhile venture. From Healthy ‘n’ Happy development trusts position the promotion of this service to the community is complete hypocrisy. I notice now that after a few comments from members of the public in let elation to their hypocritical actions, Healthy n Happy have quickly deleted their whole promotion campaign page on Facebook as seen below.
I recognise that we need a mixed power policy and think it makes sense that this government is taking the sensible action in reducing these over inflated tariffs to help address the huge amount of fuel poverty suffered in our community and across the nation. Building wind turbines will not solve climate change and the sooner people wake up and accept this fact the better. It’s inefficient, intermittent and cannot be relied on as the main source of power generation. This government needs to look at other ways of tackling climate change and stop building so many useless wind power stations all over our beautiful rural countryside before it’s too late.
Healthy ‘n’ Happy? Well the sooner you withdraw your plans to put up a large unwanted 76m industrial windturbine and remove your hypocrisy the better.
From a charity who claim they operate with complete integrity and have the happiness and wellbeing of everyone in Cambuslang and Rutherglen at heart act now to help stop fuel poverty by ditching your plans for an industrial wind turbine.