LetterS: Turbines blight our environment
This may be a bit of Nimby-ism (not in my backyard), but I am gravely concerned at the prospect of being surrounded by wind farms.
Why is it developers see the need to put in for planning permission in quite well populated areas? Not to mention destroying forestry, wildlife and our beautiful Wigtownshire scenery.
Since moving to the area last year, we have discovered that four wind farms are hoping to be in place, to the north-east, north-west, and two south-west of us. Is it really necessary to build these in the places designated? Why can’t they be put north of the A75 where there is unpopulated moorland stretching for miles and miles with no trees?
If the government is keen for us to vote for independence, and be completely green, then it must consider our opinion too. But, sadly, it seems not to, when it comes to its desire to reach green targets.
One huge question I would like answered is this: I have heard that wind turbine-generated power cannot be stored, hence the need for more and more wind farms, so should not the government make it a planning condition at the application stage that companies develop ways of storing that power?
It is my opinion also that there is only one sure source of natural energy that Great Britain has in abundance (especially this year!). Water! Why aren’t governments insisting this form of power – with the tides too – is developed, leaving our beautiful countryside, views and wildlife alone?
I do have, however, one consolation: each turbine is constructed using 2000 tons of concrete to hold it in place, so if there should be an earthquake in these parts, I think we shall be pretty safe with all that concrete round us stabilising the earth.
Croft House, Wigtown.
I should feel somewhat more kindly disposed to wind-generated energy if so-called community funds, instead of being fought over by different organisations, were to be paid to the electricity consumers within a certain range of these monstrous industrial sites to combat the ever-rising cost of power.
One electric company is putting its charges up by 8% and we can be certain that all the others will, in a very short time, follow suit. There is something very wrong when people cannot afford to turn on their heating especially when we are going through such a cold spell.
We can be sure that our First Minister will have his heating up full blast. However, that might not be why his ears are burning!
The sad fact is that when we need the heat on, the turbines are not turning.
Torwood Lodge, Glenluce.
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Weather for Newton Stewart
Wednesday 22 May 2013
Temperature: 4 C to 12 C
Wind Speed: 29 mph
Wind direction: West
Temperature: 4 C to 10 C
Wind Speed: 29 mph
Wind direction: North west