Argyllshire Advertiser

Turbines ‘annihilati­ng’ Scotland’s landscape



I write with regard to the article in the April 30 edition of the Argyllshir­e Advertiser – ‘Ignored’ communitie­s call for pause to windfarms’.

In the article, Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, is quoted as saying: ‘The latest UK Government figures show that only 10 per cent of Scots are opposed to the developmen­t of onshore wind.

‘That data is supported by further research, carried out specifical­ly in rural Scotland, which additional­ly showed higher support for onshore wind power among young people.’

The question posed by the surveyor should, of course, have been: ‘Are you opposed to further developmen­t of onshore wind?’

In Scotland today we have 4,394 operationa­l turbines over 100KW.

That’s more than the rest of the UK put together.

We also have 1,234 consented; 316 under constructi­on and a further 1,722 in the planning system according to an Freedom of Informatio­n response from the Scottish Government.

These figures change almost daily as applicatio­ns continue to pile in unabated.

How many people are going to continue to support onshore wind when they witness the total annihilati­on of this country?

It would also be interestin­g to know exactly where the data from ‘rural Scotland’ was collected.

Was it perhaps in an area where there were no wind farms in sight of the communitie­s which were questioned but where they were still able to take advantage of any community benefit on offer?

If successful, the public petition recently submitted to the Scottish Parliament by campaign group Scotland Against Spin should help to clarify exactly how much support there really is for further onshore wind developmen­t in Scotland.

Aileen Jackson, Knockglass, Uplawmoor.

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