Vil­lagers’ fears over wind farm pro­posal

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents of a Suther­land vil­lage claim they face be­ing sur­rounded by wind­farms.

If the scheme for Croick Es­tate near Ardgay is goes ahead there could be around 80 tur­bines near pic­turesque Rose­hall - the re­sult of five wind­farms ei­ther al­ready in op­er­a­tion or in the pipe­line.

The Croick scheme with 21 tur­bines on the Strathoykel ridge line is the big­gest so far for the area.

It fol­lows the re­cent de­ci­sion by Scot­tish min­is­ters to ap­prove plans for 18 tur­bines at Brae­more, around four miles south­west of Lairg.

The wind farm at­tracted 430 ob­jec­tions who raised con­cerns about the im­pact on the sur­round­ing scenery and tourism but a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed re­porter said it would not im­pact tourism, de­spite ad­mit­ting tur­bines would cause “sig­nif­i­cant vis­ual change” from nearby Car­bis­dale Cas­tle.

Rose­hall res­i­dent, Lt Col Colin Gil­mour, Vice Lord Lieu­tenant of Suther­land - whose fam­ily have lived in the vil­lage since 1890 - warned there would be a cam­paign against the lat­est scheme.

“We would be en­cir­cled if this goes ahead. Rose­hall seems to be a hon­ey­pot for wind­farms be­cause of its ac­cess to the grid con­nec­tions. Nowhere else in the High­lands has such a de­vel­op­ment of them.”

Tur­bine trouble

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