In Scotland we have the right to roam, or Access Rights legislation. The fact that no one wants to walk through a field of wind turbines protects us from calamity but I was told at two separate sites that engineers will not approach wind turbines in heavy ice as the danger is too real. Ask about the general public, all I got was a shrug of the shoulders and “their risk”. Grand rights handed out work badly with installation of industrial monsters in our rural environment. In many other countries wind farms are blocked off and access denied or at the minimum, exclusion zones. The Scottish Ministers are hoist by their own petard!
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