Group hits out at wind farm report
MOUNTAINEERING Scotland has refuted a ‘meaningless’ report that concluded wind farms had no effect on tourism jobs.
The study by consultants BiGGAR Economics said wind farms do not discourage holidaymakers and ‘puts to bed the myth’ that the sight of turbines damages tourism.
But the council for mountaineers, climbing and hill walking enthusiasts has hit back claiming major weaknesses in the report make it irrelevant to the debate over constructing wind farms in mountain areas and wild land.
Dave Gordon, Mountaineering Scotland’s director for landscape and planning, argued the BiGGAR report ignores the importance of location when measuring the effect of wind farms and uses sample areas that could fail to show very real effects.
Dr Gordon said: ‘This report assumes all wind farms are equal and will have the same effect on tourism, but that’s obviously not the case. In areas where the landscape is a major factor in attracting tourism our own surveys have shown that people are deterred by the presence of wind farms. These areas are not included in the BiGGAR report.’