“Visit Scotland also objected to the plans on the ground that tourists were less likely to return to a place with windfarms and that the proposal could be seen from the Southern Upland Way.”
This is a complete turnaround from all previous Visit Scotland comments on wind farms. In all fairness The Comment is not quite as dogmatic as the Press are making out and it sounds more like a little child whining “please Mr. Developer. don’t upset the natives” but it is the first time that i have seen a contra supportive comment from Visit Scotland. Of interest the twenty six comments on the application were not available when we first looked and a prompt to the Council was needed for them to mysteriously re-appear. Despite pro support from SNH and others, the comments from Visit Scotkland were also missing from the statutory consultees. Accident or on purpose?
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive, Visit Scotland has since denounced the comments and re-stated Visit Scotland normal support for wind. He should hold his head in shame. His first responsibility should be to the 250,000 people who work in the Tourist Industry, to the millions of Tourists to Scotland and to the people of this country. Political favours to Ministers should not be his first loyalty as these are, as once famously stated, here today, gone tomorrow politicians. It should be that Visit Scotland is an independent organisation un-swayed by interests outside their remit. It is of note that Mr. Roughead is an Edinburgh based Chief Executive!
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