Whilst completely in agreement with Struan Stevenson (“March of the wind farms is destroying Scotland’s beauty – but we can stop it”, The Herald, May 27) about the catastrophic effect of unrestrained wind farm development on Scotland’s beautiful landscapes, the opinion of people living in the Central Belt are largely ignored on this subject.
Latest figures from the Scottish Government and other databases show that East Renfrewshire has by far the highest density of turbines in the whole of Scotland at 1.144 turbines per square kilometre compared to 0.030 per sq km in the Highlands. East Renfrewshire may not be classed as a scenic area, it may not be a tourist area, but it is home to many people and we don’t all love having turbines in view from every direction.
We have as much right to enjoy the countryside as anyone else, if not more, because the majority are employed in the city and need respite from that environment. Having to walk amongst the 215 turbines at Whitelee or dodge the Neilston and Middleton wind farms alongside the myriad of single turbines densely scattered throughout the area is not everyone’s idea of a pleasant day out. The greenbelt has been destroyed. Why are we destroying nature on the pretence of saving it?
I’m sure that Mr Stevenson and I both agree that we don’t need any more wind turbines in any area of Scotland.
Aileen Jackson, Uplawmoor.
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