News Home

[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Fears Speyside could become encircled in ‘ring of iron’ amid wind farm ‘saturation’  

Credit:  By David Mackay | The Press and Journal | April 2, 2018 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk ~~

A Moray business owner fears tourists will desert Speyside amid concerns his firm will soon become encircled in a “ring of iron”.

Every year Joerg Bondzio, who is originally from Germany, welcomes hundreds of visitors to his Sporting Scotland enterprise near Knockando.

Whisky tourists rank among his biggest customers eager to sample canoeing on the River Spey, off-road driving, fishing or orienteering.

However, in recent years he has become increasingly concerned with the amount of wind turbines that are being built in the area.

Yesterday, Moray MP Douglas Ross feared the region may soon become “saturated” with the amount of renewable technology.

Mr Bondzio revealed he already has turbines about 190ft high about two miles from his holiday letting business and fears another development could be built less than half the distance away.

He said: “When I read the comments from our guests they always praise the view, being right out in the countryside. I don’t know what they are going to think looking straight at wind turbines.

“The land owners make a huge amount of money off them, the developers make money off them and for the small businesses they are just in the wrong place. It’s just tough luck for us.

“We could be left with the option of moving or living with the ring of iron and going down.”

There are currently 156 wind turbines operational in Moray that are more than 165ft tall. It is estimated there are another 106 which have already been given planning permission but have not been built yet.

Last week, the owners of Glenfiddich, William Grant and Sons, lost a Court of Session bid to halt the Dorenell development about five miles from Dufftown.

The whisky giant had concerns the 400ft tall turbines could harm the landscape and the amount of tourists going to its Speyside visitor centre.

Mr Ross explained he has become “increasingly concerned” about the amount of turbines in the area and pressed for Moray Council planning decisions to be prioritised over the Scottish Government’s.

He said: “There should be local democratic accountability and communities should have greater influence on where and how new wind farms are sited. I fear that the scale and scope of new onshore wind is alienating local communities”

Speyside Glenlivet councillor Derek Ross added: “Some of the scales of the ones coming forward now are obscene. We really need to be careful about what we are creating for future generations.”

Source:  By David Mackay | The Press and Journal | April 2, 2018 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.