August 11, 2012

Anguish for family over turbine in graveyard

Scottish Daily Mail | 11 August 2012

A grieving family are campaigning for the removal of a wind turbine that was put up in a cemetery only yards from their son’s grave.

The noisy, 40ft turbine has been built in the car park of St Peter’s Cemetery in Glasgow, shattering the graveyard’s peace and quiet and blighting the view.

It was built by the Archdiocese of Glasgow to power a portable cabin for staff and church leaders say they won’t take it down.

John and Margaret Lawson, who lost their son Kevin in a knife attack in 2003, say they were not consulted about the turbine and were shocked when it appeared.

Mr Lawson, 62, said: ‘We bought this plot because it was out of the way. It is the place where we could go and have a cry.

‘Now they’ve taken any wee bit of peace away.’

The parents have visited the grave with children Mark and Theresa every fortnight since they lost their 19-year- old son, who died after being stabbed in Tollcross, Glasgow, and is buried close to the family home.

It was only last weekend that Mrs Lawson, 57, discovered the turbine close to his headstone.

Her daughter Theresa, 36, said: ‘My mum was in a terrible state.’

The family’s petition will argue that the turbine is unnecessary, provides little power and saves little money.

The Archdiocese says it kept the placing of the turbine as discreet as possible while Glasgow City Council claims no objections were raised when the plans were put out for consultation.

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