Dim view of Lauderdale wind farm plan

We at Save Scott’s Countryside are very concerned about the planning application for an array of 12 125m-high wind turbines in Lauderdale on Corsbie Moor above Legerwood.

We already see damage to our prized landscape from such a large number of wind farms – indeed, the Borders now has more than any other region in Scotland, and most of them in Lauderdale. We do not believe we can absorb any more without ruining the countryside we love and which brings so many visitors and tourists.

Our particular reason for objecting to this application is that we find that all 12 rotating turbines will be clearly visible from Scott’s View; from the Eildon Hills; and from Smailholm Tower where Sir Walter Scott spent his boyhood holidays. In fact, they will be the first feature to catch the eye of people arriving at Scott’s View from the south, even before they have got out of their cars or off their bicycles to enjoy the whole panorama so valued by Scott and subsequent generations.

We say enough is already too many and this part of the Borders, and especially Scott’s View, deserves protection from companies climbing on this profitable, but short-sighted bandwagon.

The promoters seem to be handing out pre-printed cards for people to sign and submit to Scottish Borders Council in support of the turbines.

We therefore ask people who care for our threatened landscape to counteract this by writing before August 18 to object and quote the planning reference number 11/00888/FUL to the case officer, Carlos Clarke, c/o The Head of Planning and Regulatory Services, Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA, or by email to cgclarke@scotborders.gov.uk, quoting the same reference.

Charles Humphries

(chairman, Save Scott’s Countryside)

Gattonside

I read with interest the article on the impact of wind turbines on the Borders property market in last week’s issue.

If, as might reasonably be expected, property prices in this region fall as a result of large-scale wind farm development, then not only will homeowners find that the value of their largest asset significantly reduced, but also Scottish Borders Council’s income will be squeezed as council tax revenues are reduced in line with this reduction in property prices.

Would it not be prudent to have a comprehensive assessment of the economic impact of wind turbine development on the Borders before any further projects are approved?

D. Wilson

Blainslie