From Hamish, a local tourist provider.
I am contacting you in a state of great anger/ depression/ shock and disbelief. I have just found out that a truly shocking planning application has been put forward that threatens my livelihood (reliant on tourism), my homes value and our precious landscape.
Please object to this planning application for a 77m (253 ft) high wind turbine in the remote and sacrosanct North West Highlands (http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=neighbourComments&keyVal=MPO6XEIH7R000 – If the link fails then please go on the Highland Council website and type in Achiltibuie in the Planning section, scroll down, and you will see the application). This turbine would be 25m higher than Nelson’s Column and 16m higher than the Scott Monument, to put that into perspective.
This would be smack bang in the middle of the Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area and it would overshadow one whole side of the Wester Ross National Scenic Area.
This would be located on deep peat. Aberdeen University – in a study commissioned by the SNP – said that building turbines on peat is ‘like chopping down a rainforest’.
This would be in an area where both Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles, to name but two types of birds, thrive.
It would be clearly visible from An Teallach, a mountain thought of by many to be the finest Munro in Scotland.
It would be visible from virtually all of Gruinard Bay – a soon to be Marine Protected Area (in part because of all the bird life that flourishes in this area).
It would be clearly visible from Mellon Udrigle. The photo above! This beach is seen by locals and tourists alike to be the jewel in the crown of the North West Highlands.
If you can help in any way whatsoever then I will forever be in your debt; I really and truly mean that.
Please help. Please object. Please spread the word.