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Wind farm backlash grows 

A group of objectors opposed to plans for a £10million, five-turbine scheme in Easter Ross has launched a website that aims to be a focus of objection – before the application has been lodged.

The Nigg Awareness Group (NAG) has declared itself “ready and waiting” for the Falck Renewables’ Hill of Nigg application, expected to be lodged this week.

The group hopes the website will become a focus for objectors concerned about the impact turbines reaching an estimated 410ft in height would have on the area.

Neil Morrison, chairman of NAG, said, “We are ready and waiting for this application and have our team of experts lined up. We are confident that we have robust grounds for objection and look forward to the opportunity to voice these in detail in our response to the application. But individuals’ opinions are vitally important: I urge all those who share our concerns to be sure to write to the Highland Council once the application details and address for comments on the application are published by the Council in the Ross-shire Journal. Among our many concerns, we say this is a wind farm too far, which will have a huge visual impact over a wide area, degrade the unspoilt setting of some of the finest Pictish art in Scotland and offer nothing in real, long term local benefit to the communities it will affect.

“Meantime anyone wishing to learn more about our group and our take on the proposed wind farm should visit our website at www.hillofnigg.org.uk

A spokeswoman for Falck confirmed it was hoped the application would be lodged this week.

Ross-shire Journal

25 January 2008

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