‘Wind farm wind­fall’ – tri­umph or tragedy?

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I am not sure if the head­line in the Lochaber Times last week (Septem­ber 6 – Wind farm wind­fall) re­gard­ing com­mu­nity ‘ben­e­fit’ from Stronelairg wind farm re­flects a tri­umph or tragedy.

The Stronelairg wind farm is one of the most con­tro­ver­sial in Scot­land’s his­tory forc­ing two ju­di­cial plan­ning re­views.

The area is wild land of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty and part of a unique Highland ecosys­tem. The en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age caused by the wind farm will be enor­mous, with tracks built up the hill­side and parts of the area bull­dozed and filled with thou­sands of tonnes of con­crete to re­place the carbon sink peat.

The John Muir Trust and other out­door groups fought a cam­paign on be­half of the pub­lic in­ter­est to save this unique land­scape for the Scot­tish and world com­mu­nity.

Elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives in look­ing at ben­e­fit should con­sider and re­flect on the de­struc­tion of a pris­tine wilder­ness of unimag­in­able beauty.

The com­mer­cial devel­oper will make hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds in the next 30 years from the scheme, so the amount of so-called ‘com­mu­nity ben­e­fit’ is a to­ken ef­fort. Jim Trea­surer Friends of the Great Glen En­vi­ron­men­tal Group

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