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Why the silence?

VisitScotland should be congratulated for championing Scotland’s tourist industry.

Recent press reports have included the results of a survey which showed that 91% of visitors enjoyed their trip to Fife and 94% would recommend it to others – with 49% saying they would return in the next five years.

Top reasons for choosing to visit Fife and St Andrews include the scenery and landscape.

But why doesn’t VisitScotland champion the very landscape and scenery that attracts so many visitors?

It habitually refrains from comment on very many planning applications for disproportionately-sized, insensitively-sited wind turbines and infrastructure which collectively will industrialise Fife’s landscape.

Nor has it made any submission to the inquiry into the Scottish Government’s renewables targets currently being conducted by the economy, energy and tourism committee.

Does VisitScotland really believe that the 26 giant turbines proposed for the East Neuk’s ridge will not harm the area’s very many small businesses that cater to visitors?

Or has its silence got something to do with the £43 million it received last year from the self-same government which is hell-bent on promoting onshore wind whatever the cost?

Linda Holt.
Dreel House,
Pittenweem.