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Wind turbine fears for Royal Aberdeen  

Credit:  The Herald | www.heraldscotland.com 4 August 2012 ~~

One of Scotland’s most historic golf courses could soon be blighted by a second wind turbine after council bosses drew up new plans.

Club members at Royal Aberdeen were horrified this year when a 66-metre turbine appeared next to one of its signature holes.

Bosses at the sixth-oldest course in the world claimed they were not consulted about the structure and feared the site’s heritage had been destroyed forever.

Now Aberdeen City Council has created a proposal for a second turbine under plans to help pay the city’s £7 million energy bill.

The local authority has identified a string of sites where wind energy could help bring in cash.

The Royal Aberdeen site has made the shortlist, as have plots near Peterculter, Peterseat and Torry.

The first turbine was erected on council-owned land by engineering firm Rubberatkins to power its global headquarters at Aberdeen’s Science and Energy Park, which sits on the border of the course.

The local authority said it had correctly followed planning procedure before it was erected, and council leader Barney Crockett said all ideas for boosting green energy must be considered.

Source:  The Herald | www.heraldscotland.com 4 August 2012

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