On reading that Cree Valley Community Council has been warned about the possibility of prejudice regarding its views on wind farm applications, it seems odd that the reading of material sent by the Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS) group should be seen to have this effect.
The population have enough rubbish thrown at them by windfarm companies in order to promote their money-grabbing schemes.
Surely the community councils should read about the other side of the argument. It would be a good idea if anyone with access to the internet logged onto the various sites, such as email@example.com and the CATS site. This will perhaps fill in the gaps regarding windfarm developments in the area.
Airies windfarm, which has recently come up for planning consideration, is just behind Three Lochs Caravan Park – one of the largest providers of tourist facilities here. Airies Farm is almost next to Artfield windfarm. Another application for an anemometer mast on Gass Farm has just come up.
It does not require much imagination to figure out that this is a prelude to another windfarm which will join up Airies, Artfield, Balmurrie Fell, Glenchamber, Carscreugh, Barlochart Fell.
Whitecairn Caravan Site and Glenluce Holiday Park, both of which employ local people, will soon be overlooking Carscreugh windfarm.
I cannot think of anyone who would possibly consider coming to Wigtownshire for a holiday when all this negative impact on the countryside has taken place.
Glenluce is going to be right in the centre of one huge wind farm in a very few years.
I understood that community councils represented their local population and are not here to promote their own interests so they should be reading alternatives to government policies in order to get a balanced view.
A few pounds from windfarm Community Funds might provide money for swings and roundabouts but will not pay wages for the unemployment which follows in the wake of windfarm developments.
Free speech will possibly be the next to go under the current regime – so have your say before that is denied too.
I am a retired rural GP very worried about the proliferation of windfarms in this area and the likely effects on the health of the local population.
I have, therefore, sent the following letter to Alex Neil, Health Secretary at the Scottish Parliament.
“With the rapid proliferation of windfarms throughout Scotland, I have grave concerns for the health of my fellow Scots .
“There is widespread evidence worldwide that ‘wind turbine syndrome’ does exist and has caused suffering to many people living near windfarms.
“I refer you to the excellent work done by Dr Nina Pierpoint and Dr Alec Salt in the USA, Dr Amanda Harry in Cornwall and Dr Sarah Laurie in Australia, among many others.
“Energy companies and governments are doing their utmost to discredit these excellent clinicians.
“I implore you to lobby Alex Salmond to stop his ludicrous proposal to make Scotland 100% self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2020 – at the risk of ill-health for a large number of Scots.”
Dr Angela Armstrong, MB, ChB,
Barrachan Home Farm,
Whauphill, Newton Stewart.
I have noticed with horror the proposed wind farm by EDF Energy in the very picturesque area of Airriequhillart, in Wigtownshire.
I have visited this area several times in recent years and cannot believe such a proposal for an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Please do not let this happen. Once these are built it will be too late and the blot on the landscape will be there for many years. If such a scheme was passed, you may as well allow these turbines anywhere.
Near where I live, recently, such a farm was turned down because of the attractive landscape. This application would destroy the visual amenity which is far more attractive than the one refused near me.
Although this may not directly affect you, please fight it. If not, these farms will keep being proposed, in this case by a French-owned company whose profits will not do Scotland any good anyway.
Your readers who are blighted by windfarms, those who are about to be and those who deem these monstrosities as inevitable, will be interested in the following recent email discussion I have had with a Welsh Tory MP.
The MP stated: “While I am certainly not starry-eyed about wind turbines, they do have a contribution to make to enhancing the diversity of the UK energy supply.”
My reply read: “Exactly how do they meaningfully make a contribution and enhance the diversity of the UK energy supply when they are reliant on conventional power stations for back-up to ensure security of supply?
Can you explain your statement please?
“This contribution, as you put it, was spelled out quite adequately last September when Scottish windfarms were paid millions of pounds (of taxpayers’ money) when they had to be shut down due to high winds – some contribution! And let us not forget that when the wind does not blow sufficiently, no meaningful power is generated. Can you explain their contribution to UK energy supply?”
How on earth can they enhance the diversity of energy supply when they are so dependent on the “right” wind? Murphy’s Law will dictate that when the power is needed the wind will not oblige.
Attempting to replace, or even complement, a conventional power station with windfarms is madness.
These monstrosities are totally dependent on the subsidies. If the subsidies were abolished, the installation of windfarms would come to a halt. And not only windfarms, but the additional pylons and sub-stations would also stop.
To stop the Greens clouding the issue, it should be clearly stated the call is not to stop subsidies for renewables (a generic term) but solely for wind generation. The billions being wasted on wind technology should be ploughed into hydro power.
Golygfa Frenni Fawr, Boncath, Pembs.