And they are so Proud – of trashing ordinary people’s lives!

SSE energised the start of the Beauly-Denny life and have made a video to “celebrate” the event. However behind the scene there are serious concerns as to the unacceptable noise levels from the Thyristor Controlled Reactors, used to stabilise the intermittent and variable wind energy, and the new transformers at the Wester Balblair, Beauly substation. Below are two videos. the first is the SSE “celebration” which I think all will agree is total devastation of the local environment and the second is the STV report which even mentions the background hum, which you can clearly hear. There are some twenty houses within 3-500 metres and many more well within the noise footprint.When one considers that this is only operating on very reduced power as the line only goes to Fort Augustus, everyone is very concerned at the level of noise once running at full power. Another bone of contention is that agreed safety measures around the site including new paths and improved signage have yet to be implemented. The Wester Balblair substation has still to be enlarged for the Western Isles High Voltage cable which the residents have been advised will be considerably noisier. Other criticism has centered around the hum from the overhead lines which can be heard over a kilometre away in certain weather conditions. It should not be forgot that these are not Nimbys, however misused that name is, but residents who have lived with the substation and lines ever since the coming of the hydro. The complaints are about the increase of noise with the new equipment, something that should have been foreseen but was obviously considered of little consequence. After all look  at the big picture. They can brag about short term jobs and an unqualified financial benefit. Very few locals have found employment on the line, few contractors benefited and, contrary to what SSE said, the baps never ran out in Beauly as very few workers came anywhere near!



About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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