The good folk of Glenluce, Wigtonshire, never stood a chance.
Their landscape is to be blighted and quality of life destroyed by yet another misguided manifestation of the ideological energy policy of grinning King Salmond and his simple-minded cronies.
Dumfries and Galloway Council rightly rejected the application by the Spanish firm, Gamesa, to construct 18 monstrous wind turbines on Carscreugh Fell, but, as so often happens, Salmond et al overruled that local democratic decision for short-term political headlines.
To put it simply, for as long as a “demand” existed, Gamesa was offering to create a few hundred turbine assembly jobs in Leith, close to the SNP Government’s media heartland. But the necessary “demand” needed to be remote from urban centres and voter outrage. No massive turbines are permitted to blight the Edinburgh skyline.
As the Spanish economy fails, in part due to them over-subsidising illusory green jobs (by several tens of millions of euros per job) and thus destroying approximately two actual jobs in the real economy for every “green benefit” job generated, Gamesa and several other opportunistic EU companies must scour the horizon for any remaining willing and economically distorted soft markets for their almost pointless products.
Appropriately, as the home of Don Quixote, Spain has largely abandoned its self-destructive and costly green subsidies and its naive infatuation with windmills.
Meanwhile, Salmond’s dogmatic and simplistic obsession with uneconomic, unreliable and inefficient wind power is systematically destroying all our iconically Scottish landscapes – scenery that he and the rest of the SNP nostalgists claim to love and value so much that they seek isolation, territorial ownership and economic suicide.
How long can this hypocrisy continue? UK taxpayers and energy users are paying for this economically and environmentally unsustainable nonsense twice over, while millions are being driven into fuel poverty.
It is time to rebuild and improve our safe, secure and proven energy infrastructure via more efficient (shale) gas turbines and carbon-free nuclear power.
A planning application has been put in for the erection of two large wind turbines in one of the most beautiful places in the Cheviot Hills on Yetholm Law, between Yetholm Loch SSSI wildlife reserve and St Cuthbert’s Way.
These turbines will be highly visible from vast areas of countryside as least as far away as Kilham, Lempitlaw, Morebattle, most of the Bowmont Valley and swathes of the Cheviots, stretching up to Hownam, the Schil and beyond.This damage will then be extended as more turbines are put up.
No village bribe is worth this much destruction. If these turbines are put up in such a sensitive location, then nowhere will be safe from similar industrial damage. Turbines will spread through the hills.
The proposal is completely unacceptable and clearly breaches Scottish Borders Council planning policies due to its potential impact on tourism, landscape, wildlife and people’s homes.
Wind turbines may have a place in the renewable electricity generation mix, but, as the government says, “not where there is adverse impact”.
Scottish Borders Council has invited comments on this application. Act now by writing to the planning department quoting application no. 12/00339/FUL and stating that you object to the proposal because of the potential damage. We only have until April 13 to respond.
If you need assistance putting together an objection, please call me on 07831 251146.
Most, if not all, readers will already be well aware of the proposal to build a wind farm at Barrel Law.
After the way in which local opinion was ignored over Langhope Rig, it has been encouraging to see how many local people have sent in objections to Scottish Borders Council.
Although the statutory period for objections ended on Friday, it will still be possible for opponents to register their objections with the council for several weeks, if not longer.
It can be a bit of a nightmare trying to put objections directly on to the website and it is probably easier to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send objections by post to the planning department at Newtown St Boswells.
Sydney and Gill Anderson and family