Letters to the Editor

ALL the latest correspondence from you to us this week.

So Mr Salmond likes windfarms but thinks certain sites shouldn’t have windfarms on them - why then has Luce Bay and the Mull of Galloway been targeted for a potentially massive off-shore fleet of them?

The Mull of Galloway has the most spectacular views in our region, it is the Lands End of Scotland visited by 40,000 tourists every year.

It is not the place for an enormous windfarm. The local planners have gone to great lengths to protect the tourist route to the Mull from on-shore turbines - to keep its Regional Scenic Area status intact.

I doubt tourists will flock to see an industrialized seascape!

Mr Salmond may like to see Scotland - and in particular Galloway - covered in the damned things but there are plenty of experts who think they are inefficient and costing us all a small fortune on our electricity bills.

And yes - they are an eyesore when they are stuck in the wrong environment!

Kathy Scrivens

by e-mail

On Landward, June 10, there was an item about wind turbines.

I was interested to hear that different local planning authorities provide different guidance on the distance a wind turbine should be sited from a dwelling house.

The examples given were two kilometres by Fife, and 400 metres by Aberdeen.

Here with the proposed Tralorg Wind farm in South Ayrshire, I note the company states that “No turbine would be placed nearer than 1km to a resident.” (Carrick Gazette April 6). Given the proliferation of wind turbines and farms across the Scottish countryside (Arecleoch and Mark Hill, formallly opened on June 13) surely now is the time for the Scottish government to be providing statutory planning guidance on the specified distance wind turbines should be sited from people’s homes rather than allowing such variation.

Selina L Hill,

Girvan

All credit to the staff and pupils of Douglas Ewart High School.The pupils of the school have just completed their higher and standard grade exams.

I, as chief invigilator, on behalf of the team of invigilators, want to compliment all of them.

Their attendance record was excellent and would have been 100% but for the odd absence due to illness.

They were polite, well mannered and very well behaved during the whole exam diet. This reflects the high standards being achieved under the guidance of the headmaster, SQA co-ordinator and the staff at the school.

V. Murray,

by e-mail

I would like to pay tribute to all the medical staff who helped me when I suffered a stroke recently. Fortunately it was not severe, but even so a stroke is scary for the patient and even more so for those close to him.

Everyone was completely efficient and professional and in particular they took great pains to reassure me and, more importantly, my wife about what had happened, what they were doing about it and what the outcome would be.

The operator at NHS24 asked a few pertinent questions then told my wife I needed immediate attention and called up an ambulance.

The two ambulancemen were at my side within 10 minutes fully equipped to carry out a full set of tests which they did efficiently and with great care. They reassured my wife that I was not in danger and advised going straight to hospital.

Not much more than an hour later I was in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where I was immediately put through the same tests and more by doctors who were waiting for my arrival.

After that it was off to the ward, Ward 18, for more assessment and the start of treatment.

You would be right in thinking that is only what you would expect, but the care that the medical professionals took in diagnosing and treating me was outstanding, combining professional competence and great kindness.

The ward staff were kind, understanding and did everything possible to make my stay comfortable and even pleasant. I cannot speak too highly of how well they treated me and the rest of the patients under their care.

In these days when the National Press seem to enjoy digging up failures in the NHS I thought you readers should know that in Dumfries and Galloway we are fortunate to have what must be one of the best hospitals in the country.

W F Stuart

By e-mail

Regarding Mrs Jolly’s letter about the police – it would appear that they should have plenty other things to do than searching her house.

On Friday, June 17th, I was unlucky enough to turn my car at the Town Hall (in Newton Stewart) and to find I could precede no further because two black cars had parked badly.

A police car was also parked there and a policeman came out of the Town Hall, got into his car and drove away –completely ignoring the situation.

About five minutes later, two women appeared and started loading various cases into their car.

Another five minutes elapsed before they eventually drove off, so, relieving the parking congestion.

Perhaps they were medical people, but there was nothing to indicate thi, on either of the cars.

Name and address supplied

I am writing to you on behalf of World War II veterans who, due to a lack of advertising, may not have been aware that in 2010 financial grants, Heroes Return II, were available from the Big Lottery Fund to enable veterans, male or female, to pay a visit of remembrance to the theatre of war they were involved in.

It appears that the number of veterans claiming these grants were far less than anticipated resulting in these grants being extended to December 31st 2012. It would be extremely helpful if you can find space in your newspaper to make these details known so that veterans, who will now be aged 80 and over, may still take advantage of these grants and plan a visit.

The grants range from £150 to cover travel and accommodation for veteran, spouse and carer, within the UK, £1,300 to Northern Europe and £5,500 to the Far East.

Ted Cachart

4 Cottage Close

Heage, Belper,Derbyshire.

DE 56 2BS

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