A Freedom of Information request has exposed the pressure that SNP Ministers are putting on Councils and Planners to identify even more Wind Farm sites. Even those such as Dumfries and Galloway, already drowning under a sea of developments and applications, is not immune to the pressure. This really is too far and one wonders when they will break the donkeys back and the Councils will hit back big time. In public the Ministers talk grandly about not in wild lands and not in unsuitable places whilst behind closed doors they bully and harrass democratically elected local councillors to follow their vanity project of big wind. Article here. The vanity, of course is that Mr. Salmond’s 100% renewable target is just actually hot air as Scotland is part of the UK and the only target applicable is the one agreed with the EU by Westminster. Although that is foolish, damaging to the UK economy in itself and the final thrashings of a disgraced Labour administration, it is far below Salmond’s fairy tales.
As an addendum to this story and to flesh out the detail I have been furnished this information. To say it beggars belief is an understatement!
Today’s Telegraph reports the threatening nature of the Scottish Government with councils that try to support the population they serve. Not so long ago it was the Borders council and now it’s D&G’s turn to elicit their wrath. D&G identified areas that are ‘locally significant’ but the Scottish Government official (Simon Pallant) stated that no area should be classified in this way because it will deter developers. D&G has also got into trouble for identifying land that has ‘potential constraint’ which includes land identified by the RSPB and SNH as ‘bird sensitivity areas’. Pallant said the Councils map should identify areas of greatest opportunity – which sounds more positive. It is reported that the phrase ‘done our share’ is a negative approach that isn’t acceptable to the Scottish Government. Threats have been issued to D&G i.e. the Scottish Government will send a ‘planning reporter’ to produce an ‘examination report’ of the county identifying areas suitable for wind farm development and their word would be final. The original newspaper article contains quotes from emails sent to D&G planners from a Government official issuing threats and also adding that community benefit should not be expected because it implies that wind farms cause harm and requires ‘recompensing’.
The original newspaper article is more punchy than the link here but please read it if you have time. It should be noted that other councils are also feeling Pallants boot.
I suggest that some people have stepped beyond the acceptable line and they should now be held to account by those that are democratically elected to represent the local people. Be they Ministers or Scottish Government Officials, following their masters voice, if this is what the future for an Independent Scotland is, heaven help us all.
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