Yet another Area vandalised!

The image above shows the spectacular and rugged scenery which the proposed wind farm would ruin. Loch Doon lies in the sun to the left, and behind are Merrick (highest mountain in Southern Scotland) and all the other principal peaks of the Galloway Hills. To the left are the communities of Bellsbank and Dalmellington. Straiton is close by, out of shot to the right.

The image above shows the spectacular and rugged scenery which the proposed wind farm would ruin. Loch Doon lies in the sun to the left, and behind are Merrick (highest mountain in Southern Scotland) and all the other principal peaks of the Galloway Hills. To the left are the communities of Bellsbank and Dalmellington. Straiton is close by, out of shot to the right.

We tend to focus to a great extent on the Highland region, not least because that is what we know best, but we are as equally horrified at the carnage in such areas as Dumfries and Galloway, Northern Ayreshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Caithness. We continually ask when will this all stop, when will a moratorium be brought in to cause a halt until those wind farms already approved are completed and we are truly aware of the damage wrought. Certainly in the US there are a vast number of abandoned wind turbines, some whose operators have gone bust, some so old that they were installed when Methuselah was alive and some at end of life and awaiting “re-powering”. Figures of 14,000, much disputed by the wind industry, are bandied around which are probably as inflated as the statistics of the wind pimps. What is obvious is that the US was way head of Europe on wind, as it is on shale gas, and these turbines have a finite life. In the days when subsidies are history, what will happen to these turbines at end of life. Recent studies have suggested that could be as early as fourteen to seventeen years. Whilst the wind industry puffs about misleading statements, reality shows that we could end up with an uneconomically viable wind fleet and all those twee named short life companies set up to operate the wind farms will be liquidated well before they have to honour bonds or re-instatement conditions. Think on this whilst you consider the presentation of The Save Straiton for Scotland group. Desecration of our wilderness could be a legacy not only for our lifetime but our childrens too!

If you feel exhausted to receive yet another email from our campaign, think how we feel in Straiton, where yet another of the five major windfarm applications near our village has gone in to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government. This one is Glenmount, planned by RWE (Npower).

East and South Ayrshire Landscape Wind Capacity Studies say clearly that planners should “Maintain the rugged scenery and sense of wildness associated with Loch Doon and the Carrick Hills by directing wind farm development away from this landscape” and that there is “no scope for larger development typologies to be sited in this landscape” and that “no turbines over 20 metres should be considered for this landscape.” How clear does the advice have to be? The 19 turbines proposed by RWE are 130 metres high and would be situated just a few hundred metres from Loch Doon, in wild and lovely country which belongs to grouse and golden eagles, not to energy companies.
If you live locally, you might also be interested to know that “Construction traffic through the communities of Kirkmichael and Straiton … will last for approximately 24 months, and … significant driver delay and community effects are forecast during the construction phase if unmitigated.”
Objections should be made before 24th February 2014

The easiest way to object is to fill in our online form: click here: http://savestraitonforscotland.com/online-form-for-glenmount-windfarm-objection/

OR, better still, if you have time, you can write your objection, using the reference,
RE: RWE Npower Renewables Ltd – Planning Application for Glenmount Windfarm, west of Loch Doon (Central Grid Reference 245000, 600000).
to the following address:
Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit
4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow G2 8LUrepresentations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

If you have connections to the area – whether you live here or have been here on holiday – then please mention them. You must include your address.

Other suggestions for objecting, along with template letters, are on our How to Object page at http://savestraitonforscotland.com/how-to-object-to-glenmount-windfarm/
Key documents from the RWE plans for Glenmount and a gallery of some key photomontages provided by RWE are available on our website – at http://savestraitonforscotland.com/2014/01/31/glenmount-the-images/

You can check out all the other things we have been up to on our News Page, and contact us if you would like further help or advice, but most of all WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Objections are counted per individual, so please make sure that everyone does a separate objection.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT SOME OF THE MOST LOVELY HILLS AND VALLEYS IN SCOTLAND.
  Straiton, Ayreshire
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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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