Getting the wind up

My heart sunk when I opened up last week’s Southern and once again found two anti-windmill letters.

I cannot understand why this sentiment is so pervasive in the Borders because the arguments against, for me, just don’t hold up.

Having read both letters, it seems that there are two objections:

1. The noise issues for those nearby.

2. The impact wind farms would have on the scenery.

If the noise pollution caused is no worse than a low hum that is audible when you are outside, that would be comparable to the noise traffic already makes on the A68.

Regarding the impact on the scenery, I have to say that the scenery in the Borders is wildly overrated.

As someone who grew up in the countryside (just outside Ancrum), I am not impressed by the treeless and barren hills that are in abundance in the region.

On the other hand, we could really do with some economic investment that would exploit our natural resources in a way that would not change our countryside irreversibly.

Jimmy Hunter

Selkirk