Irony of the £6m wind-fall

The Galloway News - - GALLOW WAY VIEW - John White Cas­tle Dou­glas

Sir – Al­low me to com­ment on the ar­ti­cle about £6 mil­lion com­ing to com­mu­nity coun­cils from lo­cal wind­farms.

I couldn’t help but have a wee chuckle at the irony be­cause it comes across as if they are all fall­ing out try­ing to get their noses into the trough.

Dalry and the Glenkens was of course the heart­land of the anti-wind­farm group Glare.

They tried to stop Black­craig wind­farm hap­pen­ing and, lo and be­hold, all this money has sud­denly come their way.

I could never un­der­stand their ob­jec­tions be­cause Black­craig is noth­ing more than a big sitka plan­ta­tion – not a thing of beauty un­less you are a forester.

Now I would add that Scot­land is prob­a­bly very glad of the elec­tic­ity that these tur­bines are sup­ply­ing.

It is cer­tainly a lot safer and cheaper than nu­clear.

We would do well to re­mem­ber that a con­tam­i­nated area at Sel­lafield has been de­scribed as the most dan­ger­ous in­dus­trial in­stal­la­tion in western Europe.

What would Glare’s thoughts be on that, I won­der?

Mean­while, £5,000 per week are go­ing to flow into the cof­fers but up and down the coun­try they can’t even de­cide what to do with it.

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