This is a photo on the M74 as all those Tourist pounds, dollars, yen and euro make their way to the must advertised Scottish Landscape. Is this an image of Braveheart, Brave or Apocolypse Now? How can our Minister of Tourism be also our Minister of Energy with it’s conflicting values? St. Andrew’s University crowed that no stakeholders objected to their proposed Wind Farm and yet every Stakeholder is either a state entity, SNH, Visit Scotland , SEPA etc or relies on a considerable amount of their income from ScotGov grants, RSPB. On the listed payments recently RSPB have even had grants for binoculars. Now that I call taking the “P”. I am sure a few members have a surplus pair or two they would gladly give to RSPB if they are so much on their uppers. Knowing as many of us do the profligerate tendancies of these NGO “Charities” I suspect that they can spend money on staff and “admin” better that Imelda Marcos could on shoes. I must admit that I spent the weekend in Oban and Loch Awe last weekend and what a pleasure not to be assaulted by wind turbines. From Beauly to Oban we saw only one small Proven Turbine(not working) although even those days are now limited as the construction of Carraig Gheal wind farm over by Loch Awe/Loch Fyne(Fernoch Farm, in Argyll & Bute, Scotland, in an area approximately 8km west of Kilchrenan which is on the north-west side of Loch Awe) marches on apace, if not without incident. One of the Turbine transports came off the A82 road causing major disruption. Pity any on the way to Islay who missed their ferries. Although these are isolated incidents and landslides are as like to cause road problems, the quantity and disruption of these oversized transports is not to be understated.
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