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Objections lodged against turbines

There has been strong opposition to plans for three 80-metre high wind turbines near Banff.

More than 50 objections have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council for each application – for single structures at Backhill of Culbirnie, Hill of Culbirnie and Little Blairshinnoch between Banff and Portsoy.

One objector, Kirsteen Neale, of Hilton Cottage, Hilton told the ‘Banffshire Journal’ recently how she can already see nine massive turbines nearby – at Boyndie and Strath of Brydock.

Another opponent, Euan Smith, of Rawgowan, Ord said: “I am worried that if companies get approval for three turbines, they will then try for another three and then more still.

“Before we know it the whole gentle countryside of the area will be spoiled by these sharp structures.”

Among the lengthy reasons listed against the turbines by objectors are: negative visual impact, increased industrialisation of the landscape, the proliferation of industrial-sized turbines, the danger to birds and bats, noise pollution, lightshadow flicker and safety concerns.

Some residents also estimate the structures will be considerably closer to their homes than the minimum 400 metres distance recommended by Aberdeenshire Council guidelines.

Both Mrs Neale and Mr Smith also recently voiced their concerns over the limited benefits of turbines in producing energy, and questioned whether they could really be justified on economic or environmental grounds.

Aberdeenshie Council planning officials are expected to examine the latest proposals before presenting them to councillors for consideration.