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Montages show extent of Tiree offshire wind farm

Could this be the view from Tiree if the Argyll Array of power generators goes ahead within its current boundaries?

Campaign group, No Tiree Array (NTA), has produced its own montages of how the proposed development could affect the visual amenity of the island because Scottish Power Renewables (SPR), a subsidiary of Spanish firm Iberdrola, has so far failed to do so – and NTA are horrified at the results.

The montages have been produced using recognised, professional techniques and do not show the worst case scenario. While the array’s boundary actually comes to within 4.7km of Tiree’s shore, no wind turbine in the images comes within 6km of the island. The number of turbines is also significantly lower than the 500 the array could accommodate.

Releasing the images, the chair of the group, Robert Trythall, warned that the proximity of the turbines could have a ‘devastating impact’ on the local economy.

For another view from Tiree with NTA’s projection of the turbines and more comment from the group, check this week’s Oban Times, March 31 or the on line edition at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital