Taking a closer look at wind farm site

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One wonders how Councillor Vicky Davidson can hope for greatly increased numbers of walkers and cyclists to visit Broadmeadows Youth Hostel and so save it from closure (Southern, February 23) when her notion of appreciation of the wonderful Borders landscape is to stay at home and view it from a bedroom window.

In the article entitled “Community cash on cards if eight-turbine wind farm given go-ahead” published in the same issue, she is reported as assuring us that she would “doubt if you would be able to see [the Barrel Law wind farm] from Ettrickbridge or Ashkirk, and definitely not from Midlem or Lilliesleaf unless you were high up”.

I invite her to look carefully at the Barrel Law developers’ maps, where she will see the vast proportion of the landscape within 10km coloured purple, denoting visibility of six to eight turbines. If you live in the villages, high up or not, you will see that you would not have to walk very far from your house to view the damage you are being invited to accept.

But if you are a serious walker or cyclist, you will already be thinking twice about the fast-deteriorating Borders for your weekend recreation of body and soul.

I also invite Vicky Davidson to take a little time off from her busy round of council business and press interviews to take a stroll up the hill behind her house and consider what it truly is that she has been so keen for so long for us to sell.

Robert Maguire

Ettrickbridge