LETTER: Turbines bring no benefits

Industrial wind farms in Galloway, specifically Airrieqhuillart?

Having lived and worked in the area for nearly 10 years, I feel some comment on the above subject is warranted.

The biggest problem people have with the planned site is the feeling that we are being industrialised without any of the benefits that would normally come with such projects such as long-term jobs. All we are getting is disruption, extra traffic and loss of farmland. Wildlife is disturbed and landscape is despoiled for no perceivable collective local advantage.

It may not be known to many people, the lengths that the turbine companies will go to in respect of access for construction.

“Pinch points” have been identified where problems such as transporting 100ft-plus blades are to be resolved by demolition of walls. Roads are to be diverted and trees cut down to reach the proposed sites.

All this is to be restored, “as was”, when construction is completed or until another blade is required, when presumably the whole process begins again. As the scheme is apparently to benefit absent landlords and a foreign power company which does not have an interest in the fabric of the countryside, we cannot let this proposal go unchallenged.

A gentleman who is no longer with us told me when we came to this area that “people do not realise what we have here”.

It’s time to protect it.

Apathy is admitting defeat, make yourselves heard.

Politically, the Scottish government has made a commitment to renewable energy which is commendable in its ethics, but it cannot steamroller public opinion in outlying districts to achieve its ambitions.

Industrial turbines are better placed in places of industry where the power is needed, not in areas where people are few and consequently unheard.

I did not see any wind farms a couple of weeks ago in the countryside around Edinburgh.

What does this tell us?

Michael Raw,

Drumneil Cottage, Mochrum.