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Beauty spot campaigners unite in fight against windfarm plan  

Credit:  The Press and Journal | Published: 28/10/2013 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk ~~

A campaign group has been formed to battle plans for a windfarm on part of Dava Moor.

Dava No More is fighting the proposed Cairn Duhie development at the beauty spot.

It could involve as many 20, 300ft turbines being built on the Glenferness Estate to the south of Ferness, an historic listed village, and east of the A939 Glenferness to Dava road.

The group has attracted support from Pat Wells, who has campaigned against windfarms for the past 12 years, including those affecting Dava Moor.

Ms Wells, of Tomatin, said: “Every new windfarm constructed destroys more land and wildlife and adds more subsidies to our electricity bills.

“Public pressure is a powerful tool. We must use it to save the Dava from this wanton industrialisation.

“The proposed Cairn Duhie windfarm is nothing short of vandalism of land held dear by thousands of people over the centuries.

“Dava Moor has a wild uniqueness all of its own and should be treasured – not trashed – by those privileged enough to own it during their time in this world.”

Green energy company Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has already held a series of meetings in Edinkillie Hall, Dunphail, Glenferness, and Nairn. The company will submit its environmental impact survey plans to Highland Council.

Development project manager, Fiona Stevens, said: “RES is committed to developing high quality windfarms which are appropriately sited to help meet the country’s energy needs without damaging the environment. Our proposals for Cairn Duhie are no exception.

“The location being considered has excellent wind speeds and is ideally suited to wind turbines which are a proven and cost effective form of energy generation. RES has completed extensive surveys and an environmental impact assessment for the project.

“The local landscape of the Dava was a key consideration and we have sensitively designed Cairn Duhie with this in mind.”

Source:  The Press and Journal | Published: 28/10/2013 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk

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