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Petition against windfarms begins  

Credit:  By Stuart Gillespie | The Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk 29 August 2012 ~~

A campaign has been launched against the growing number of windfarms in the region.

It is being headed by local MP Russell Brown who started a petition after the Scottish Government overturned council decisions to reject plans for a number of windfarms, including the controversial Blackcraig proposal in the Glenkens.

The petition, which will be presented to First Minister Alex Salmond, highlights fears about the increasing number of turbines in the region.

A Galloway News investigation in January revealed more than 300 large wind turbines were being proposed in the Stewartry alone.

Mr Brown said: Local people are fed up with the Scottish Government ignoring our views on windfarms and thinking they can do what they like in Dumfries and Galloway.

Enough is enough.

It is time to stand up to the Scottish Government and demand that they start listening to local people.

Wind energy has an important part to play in a balanced energy policy but even supporters of wind energy are having their patience really tested by the number of wind turbines being erected in Dumfries and Galloway.

My petition will go directly to Alex Salmond and I hope it shows him the real scale of the concern in our area.

Hundreds more wind turbines are in the pipeline so we have to act now because once the turbines are up they will scar our landscape for decades to come.

Mr Browns petition has been backed by local pressure group Turbine Watch 312, which was set up last year following concerns about the growing number of turbines being planned in the Stewartry.

The organisations Keith Mycock said: This initiative from Russell Brown is welcome.

It is about time local politicians woke up to the danger that faces Dumfries and Galloway from the frenzied fools gold rush which the Scottish Government is forcing on its population.

Recent figures on TW312s website show that there are plans at various stages in the Dumfries and Galloway planning system for more than 1,000 turbines.

These figures do not include turbines under 50m high.

Alison Chapman of Galloway Landscape and Renewable Energy (GLARE) added: GLARE welcomes Russell Browns petition to the Scottish Government to respect local democratically made decisions such as Dumfries and Galloway Councils decision to refuse permission for 23, 365 foot high turbines along Blackcraig ridge in the Glenkens on the grounds that the local plan did not permit development on prominent ridgelines.

But local people also realise that the issue is much wider than that.

They can see that politicians seem reluctant or unwilling to understand: onshore wind generated electricity is too destructive to peoples lives and our landscape and wildlife, produces too little electricity at too great a cost, saves a minute, if any, carbon dioxide emissions and, above all, simply lines the pockets of the developers and landowners at our expense.

Source:  By Stuart Gillespie | The Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk 29 August 2012

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