I have to thank and congratulate Dave Hammond for contributing his ‘Bressay Wind Farm’ simulation to your pages this morning. I also have to admit that, if the scale of his simulation is at all close to reality, Shetland may have an even bigger problem with the proposed Lang Kames windfarm than I’d previously realised, in terms of its overall impact (if it’s ever built).
Specifically, I’m thinking about the initial impact on the surroundings of building a road network that would allow materials to be shipped in at the rate of about 1,000 tonnes per wind-turbine base – which is what I foresaw would be the first major problem with such a project.
This would be bad enough by itself, but the subsequent impact of the sheer size of those turbines (in relation to existing property and the landscape in general, as illustrated in Dave’s ‘Bressay’ simulation) now show the whole thing to be truly monstrous in the worst sense of the word.
Only two descriptive words now come to my mind in relation to this proposed project – ‘arrogant vandalism’ – and if the proposers’ aim is to despoil Shetland for money, in order to generate electrical power to support the UK’s degraded ’24-hour drinking culture’-type ‘society’, then I have to say that in my view, that would be an absolutely incorrect and unacceptable use of resources.
It’s now time for Shetland to make up its mind, and decide at what rate it’s happy to be used by its ‘developers’.
8 March 2008
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