Wind farms a blow to local beauty
SIR, – Since childhood, I and thousands of others who feel deeply for our incomparably beautiful sea views have stared in awe and wonder at our glorious Moray Firth.
The shimmering sunsets from Sandend, the distant sight of Orkney from the top of the Bin of Cullen and the graceful, beckoning peak of Morven across the water are just some of the wonders to be treasured.
How tragic therefore to read that myopic Highland councillors have seen fit to grant planning permission for even more giant industrial turbines that will trash that sparkling horizon for generations to come, before Beatrice Offshore is even finished.
It seems that our spineless local councillors are completely under the thumb of ‘She who must be obeyed’ at Holyrood. How dare they assume we support this tragedy!
Completely clueless councillors have agreed to plonk these monstrosities slap bang in the middle of prime dolphin habitat. In 2016, in the Southern North Sea, a vast wind farm zone, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches.
That area has the world’s biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their acoustic pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation. Even the RSPB strongly objected.
Added to that, our visitor-laden cruise ships will now have to sail past this bristling mess on their way to Invergordon eager to attract more tourists.
What a welcome to ‘Bonnie’ Scotland.
Perhaps Councillor Smith can explain the ‘economic benefits’ of transferring an estimated £2,500 from every household in the country, to a giant Beatrice multinational who will be laughing all the way to the bank with an expected annual profit of £400,000,000 every year!