Wind farms a blow to lo­cal beauty

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

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!

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