Your coverage of Highland Council’s unanimous decision to go along with the recommendation of their officials and oppose Druim Ba windfarm close to Loch Ness and the Great Glen Way, is marred by claiming the plan has divided local opinion (“Wind Farm Rejected”, The Herald, September 21) .
This comment understandably relates to the 420 representations in support of the development and only 330 against. However, the facts tell a very different story.
Five community councils opposed the windfarm. Only Beauly, some nine kilometres away, has given support by a majority vote.
In Kiltarlity 97% of residents who returned questionnaires were against the wind farm. We stand firmly behind the concerns of the 575 households who would be within three miles of these 23 turbines, the highest in Scotland, each three times the average height of the pylons on the Beauly/Denny power line.
The 420 supporters’ letters are a matter of quantity as against the quality of information and argument in the vast majority of objectors’ letters. The average letter of support can be read in 15 seconds, shows little awareness of the details of the development, covers a limited range of admittedly valid points regarding the value of renewable energy, and is often from people with vested interests or their relatives and who would not see the wind farm: all designed to give the false impression of a groundswell of local support.
Sadly, windfarms can be very divisive within communities. There is no question of that happening in Kiltarlity, Abriachan and other local areas.
Knockchoille, Kiltarlity, Beauly.
Two-thirds of installed wind turbines are owned by overseas companies to whom we consumers pay subsidies when the turbines are operating and then massive “constraint” payments when taken offline. Virtually all the components for such turbines are imported and the number of operational jobs is minuscule.
In order to pay for this unreliable, intermittent and marginal source of electricity, our bills are ramping up rapidly, although politicians avoid admitting this, and ever-more people are experiencing fuel poverty.
How does this “benefit the economy” as we are repeatedly told by Government ministers?